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External Indigenous Programs and Services

 You may be eligible for First Nation status if:

  • both your parents are eligible for Status
  • you lost Status by marrying a non-Indian man
  • you lost Status because your father was not a Status Indian
  • you lost Status because your parents applied to give up Status and First Nation membership through something called "enfranchisement"
  • you qualified for Indian Status before the Indian Act was changed in 1985

You may also be eligible for registration if only one of your parents is eligible. Remember, you must apply for your Indian Status. It is not automatic. To order an Indian Status Registration package or to get more details, call Indian and Northern Affairs toll free at 1-800-567-9604 or click Here.

You may be eligible for Metis Nation status if:

  • You can complete Genealogy dating back to the mid 1800's (at least five generations)
  • Either a long form birth certificate which includes your parent's names, OR a baptismal certificate along with a wallet sized birth certificate
  • Picture ID for swearing a Statutory Declaration

Please be advised that the membership application process may take several weeks to complete. An application will not be processed if there is a document missing. If you have any questions about membership, please contact the Alberta Metis Nation head office at (780) 455-2200 or toll free at 1-866-88METIS (886-3847), or click Here.



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Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre
Assists and prepares Aboriginal people in creating a career action plan. They provide job placement and training services to Aboriginal people in Calgary. Employers can post jobs on their job board.

Métis Nation of Alberta Employment Services Zone III
This agency provides services to Métis people in Calgary which includes skills training and employment and career counselling assistance. Employers can post jobs on their job board.

Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth
USAY offers a free online e-seminar that shows you the basics of business etiquette including resume, cover letters, interviews, how to dress, and networking. These short workshops feature Calgary's own Aboriginal community members, and you can access the workshops right from your own home computer or come on down to the YEC resource area to complete your USAY business etiquette workshop!

Guiding Circles Facilitator Training
Join the expanding number of professionals that utilize Guiding Circles as a mainstay in their approach to the developmental process for careers for Aboriginal peoples. In the two-day training session the foundational concepts of Guiding Circles are explained and each participant is equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to facilitate the activities of the booklet with confidence.

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Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth
E-learning training programs for Aboriginal youth and employers on Resume Writing, Job Search, Business Etiquette and Aboriginal Awareness

The Bold Eagle Program
A partnership between the Department of National Defence, First Nations, and Aboriginal organizations from Western Canada. The program runs in July & August and consists of two parts: a four day culture camp and a basic military recruit training course. You will be paid at the standard rate for a private recruit, approximately $3000 for the summer! You must be 16 years of age, have completed grade 10 or equivalent, be a member of a recognized Aboriginal group in Canada, be a Canadian citizen, and physically fit. You will need signed high school transcripts, birth certificate and social insurance card.

Aboriginal Futures Career and Employment Centre
Assists and prepares Aboriginal people in creating a career plan. Provides training services to Aboriginal people in Calgary and offer employment services such as a computer lab and job board.

Fast Labour Solutions Ltd.
Provides various Industrial Labour employment services (check them out on our job hunt page). and also training such as H2S Alive, Petroleum, Ground Disturbance, Standard First Aid, TDG, WHIMIS and Flagging. Funding can be arranged, through them, for various costs. Just ask the staff how. Phone Number (403) 276-6633

Calgary Drop In Centre
At this link you will want to click "services" then click "training programs". Some of their services are not specific to homeless individuals, but to low income individuals or families.

Mustard Seed
This link will take you to the employment and skills development programs at the SEED. Here you will find details about the programs offered and they also have a link for job searches.

Calgary John Howard Society
This link will take you to all the programs housed by the Society. Here you can click on any program to gather more information about it. Most information, about the programs, can be found here, as well as contact information for any additional questions you may have. They have some programs specific for men but they have other programs that are for youth and adults.

Elizabeth Fry Society
This page talks about the various training that Elizabeth Fry has to offer. Read the criteria of the program, as most of their programs are for women. They do have some program information on their site pertaining to youth and men.

Aspen Family Services
This link will take to you to all the programs offered at Aspen. There is a program for youth (16-24 yrs) called "Building Futures". For more information on any of Aspen's programs navigate the site thoroughly. Some programs require an agency referral.

Momentum has programs for trades work and money management. For any questions you have, there is contact information on the site.

Trade Winds to Success Aboriginal Trades Program

Sunchild E-learning
An online high school for Aboriginal students.

Champions Career Centre
Dedicated to increasing the participation of disabled individuals in the Calgary and Southern Alberta workforce. 650, 839 - 5th Avenue S.W. Phone: 265-5374

Prospect Target Supported Employment for Youth
An employment placement service for individuals between the ages of 18-24 who have a mental health disorder and/or a mild developmental disability. 124A-17 Avenue SE Phone: 206-1470

Riel Institute for Education & Learning
Aboriginal Family & Youth Support Training Program
This certificate program will give you the skills necessary for employment with the human services (helping) agencies in your area such as Youth Support Workers, Family Aide, Family Support Worker, Group Care Worker, Child & Youth Care Worker.
39 week program. Call 248-0824 for more information, Wendy Lindberg, Program Manager.

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Post-secondary Institutions


All the institutions' web sites offer similar information about registration, expenses, services, courses offered and contacts.


Upgrading and College Preparation


Chinook Learning Services


Bow Valley College - Aboriginal Adult Upgrading and Pre-Employment Training
This web site offers information on the pre-employment and upgrading programs for Aboriginal students.


Mount Royal University - Aboriginal Education Program
This web site has information about the pre-employment and upgrading programs for Aboriginal students offered at Mount Royal College.


Discovering Choices - An alternate high school for youth 15-19 years of age.


Post-Secondary Native Centres


University of Calgary - The Native CentreThis site provides links to related organizations and departments and also features images of the Native Centre art collection.


This site includes information that assists Aboriginal students with their studies. You can also research various programs they offer Aboriginal students.




University of Alberta - Native Studies
The School of Native Studies, at the University of Alberta, offers a full degree program in the study of Aboriginal people, their culture, politics, art and more. This site has all the information you need to know about this unique program.


NECHI Training Institute
This program provides training in Addictions Counseling, Program Management and Native Trainers Development, and offers a certificate and diploma program for Native Addictions Workers.


Banff Centre for the Arts - Indigenous Arts Program
The Banff Centre for the Arts offers Aboriginal programs in visual, performing and vocal arts. An Aboriginal electronic, publishing, media and visual arts program is available. The Aboriginal Women's Voices Singers and the Chinook Winds Dancers are located here as well.

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Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources offers a six to twelve month subsided internship. BEAHR promises students an opportunity for practical experience, networking, mentorship, skills development, clarification of career goals, and the chance to earn money.

Cultural Human Resources Council
Make a difference! Be a mentor, invest in the future and learn from emerging cultural workers. Here you can see past partners of the internship and download an application form. These internships are paid and length of each position is six to twelve months long.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has a student database for University graduates. Registering with them will enable you to be part of the database, and allows you to be considered for employment in your area. Be sure to check the eligibility and requirements when applying.

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Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award
The Aboriginal Education Incentive Award is part of Canada Post's nation-wide scholarship program and commitment to furthering individual potential. Each of Canada Post's eight regions across the country will grant three awards annually: Two $1,000 scholarships for the return to and successful completion of one full year of high school and One $1,000 scholarship for the return to and successful completion of one full year of post-secondary education, including vocational or trade skills training.

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
A charitable organization with funding available to all Aboriginal students enrolled in fine arts, business/generals studies, science and health programs. They also have funds for programs or individuals that are culturally focused.

Royal Bank of Canada Aboriginal Scholarships
Royal Bank offers scholarships to all Aboriginal people and also has a summer placement program as an award to qualified applicants. Royal Bank has employment opportunities for Aboriginal students in grade 9-12 for summer employment.

General Scholarships

ALIS (Alberta Learning Information Service)
This link will take you directly to its scholarship page. There is a large list of scholarships available to all youth in Alberta. Under General scholarships you will find at least three scholarships for Aboriginal students. There is also a listing of some businesses that offer awards to their employee's children.

Student Awards
After you have registered on this site, you can fill out a form that will search for scholarships in Canada that match your profile. If you don't get any matches your first time, re enter the search criteria and try again. It takes a long time but is worth it and is available to all students.

Edmonton Community Foundation
Scholarship and bursary funds administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The criteria here is very specific so read thoroughly.

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Educational Funding

ALIS (Alberta Learning Information Service)
This link will bring you directly to their loan and grant information page. It has everything you need to know about financing your education with a loan or grant.

Campus Access
This web site will provide you with general information about the loan process. They have information about provincial loans, scholarships and how to repay your loans.

Canada Student Loans Program
This government page has everything you want to know about student loans and grants all over Canada.

Business/Entrepreneurial Funding

The Business Link
This government site will help you answer any questions about small business grants and has information relating to small businesses and financing.

The Small Business Consumer Centre
This site has information about grants and loans relating to various aspects of a small business from start up to hiring. It may take time to go through this link, but it contains a lot of valuable information.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
This government site will give you information on how to apply for financing in all areas of small businesses. There is specific information for youths, acquiring a business or looking for support for an existing business.

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Funding Links

Business Development Bank of Canada
BDC's Aboriginal Banking Unit consists of Aboriginal people well aware of the specific needs of Aboriginal entrepreneurs, and offers customized, long-term, and flexible solutions. As well, The Business Development Bank of Canada is sponsoring an Internet-based national Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition with online modules, mentoring and business plan template for Aboriginal youth in Grades 10-12.

Apeetogosan Métis Development
They help Métis Entrepreneurs with funds for the start-up or expansion of their business. They guide entrepreneurs to various program funds and assist with business proposals for smaller projects.

Canada Business
This site is designed to help you start your own business and is a major resource guide. This site is designed as resource portal and links you to numerous websites on Self Employment.

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation (A.I.I.C)
A.I.I.C actively supports and encourages the creation of viable First Nation businesses. This links gives you information on what financial and general assistance they give First Nations businesses.

Community Futures Treaty 7

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The Aboriginal Futures Career and Training Centre
A variety of resources that will aid in your job search and one-to-one counselling on career planning or job search. They have a computer lab that allows clients to look for jobs on the internet. Clients also have access to a photocopier, fax machine and phone service all to aid in your job search.

Rupertsland Institute Metis Centre of Excellence

Job boards

Alberta Learning Information Services
This Government of Alberta website will allow you to browse hundreds of jobs in Alberta. Click on any of the sub-categories on the left hand side. Remember to take your time browsing and pick the job that is right for you.

Aboriginal Inclusion Network
The Inclusion Network links Aboriginals with employers from across Canada. Here with the browse opportunities options, you can see what jobs are available in Canada. You do not need to register to browse these opportunities.

Cultural Works
This site, hosted by Cultural Human Resources Canada, is a great job bank for those pursuing careers in the arts. You can job search locally or nationally. Once you register with them, you can post your resume and apply for jobs. It also allows registered employers to search for your résumé.

Placement Agencies

Spirit Staffing and Consulting Ltd.
An Aboriginal owned and operated employment placement agency committed to providing high quality employment services to Aboriginal people in and around Calgary.


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