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.

Career Planning

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.

Training & Programs

Aboriginal Futures Career and Employment Centre
Assists and prepares Aboriginal people in creating a career plan. Provides training and employment services to Aboriginal people in Calgary.

Métis Nation of Alberta Employment Services Zone III
This agency provides services to Métis people in Calgary which includes life skills training and cultural enrichment programs.​​

Indigenous training and employment programs to develop environmental skills and foster green careers.

Calgary John Howard Society
Offers mentorship, advocacy and support services for Indigenous youth who are exhibiting criminal behavior.

Fast Labour Solutions Ltd.
Provides various Industrial Labour employment services and offers a variety of industry training such as CSTS, First Aid, Flagging, Ground Disturbance, H2S Alive, and WHMIS.

Programs for trades work and money management.

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

The Bold Eagle Program
Offered by the Canadian Armed Forces, This summer program delivers hands-on skills development, encourages teamwork, provides physical fitness training and promotes cultural awareness.

Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth
Offers a variety of programs that support Indigenous youth to find success.

Riel Institute for Education & Learning
Offers an Indigenous Youth Connections program and Aboriginal Family & Youth Support Training.​



Scholarships and Bursaries

Loans and Grants

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.

Canada Startups
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.​

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.

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

Job Search

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