The Mamo-Nuskomitowin Steering Committee (MNSC) was established in October of 1998 to address the development and implementation of an agreement with Human Resources Development Canada, which is now known as Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada (HRSDC) upon the federal government’s announcement of the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy.

A committee was organized which consisted of one political representative from each Tribal Council in the delivery area (Wabun & Mushkegowuk) along with a technical representative from each of the delivery agents. This committee was given the task of addressing the pre-implementation and negotiation stages for the agreement while at the same time, monitoring the delivery during the 2000-2001 fiscal year. Once the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement (AHRDA) was signed, the committee then monitored and ensured effective and efficient delivery while participating in additional lobbying efforts for future dollars. In September 2010 the AHRDA sunset, this meant that a new agreement was to be implemented. October 1, 2010 marked the birth of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The ASETS is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming. ASETS links training to labour market demand and ensures that Canada’s Aboriginals can fully participate in economic opportunities

Under this strategy, Aboriginal agreement holders design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to the unique needs of their clients. ASETS focuses on three pillars:

1) Support demand-driven skills development

2) Fostering partnerships within various sectors, provinces and territories

3) Placing emphasis on accountability measures and results

In January 1999, a Program Coordinator was hired to ensure a smooth implementation, and to coordinate negotiations with Human Resource Development Canada. Negotiation of this agreement affects twenty-five First Nations within Northern Ontario, their membership, both status and non-status. Negotiations were completed in March of 2000. The coordinator is also responsible for the monitoring of the three Local Delivery Mechanisms and reporting back to HRSDC to ensure all terms and conditions of the AHRDA is being upheld. Under the new ASETS agreement, there are 2 Local Delivery Mechanisms. WTES and METS continue to work collaboratively within their areas to promote Employment & Training Initiatives to their membership.

Mamo-Nuskomitowin Steering Committee Staff

Kimberly Naveau.
Mamo-Nuskomitowin Steering Committee (MNSC)
Program CoordinatorContact information:
313 Railway Street
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 2P4
Phone: (705) 268-9066 ext 222
Fax: (705) 268-8554

Programs Delivered

Programs developed via the three Local Delivery Mechanisms are similar in nature and are broken down into four categories:

  • First Nation Community Initiatives
  • First Nation Individual Initiatives
  • First Nation Regional Initiatives
  • First Nation Youth Initiatives

Under the above-mentioned categories programs are developed that will:

  • Assist First Nation communities by providing a holistic, integrated and common approach to the solution of career, employment and infrastructure needs of Aboriginal people.
  • Assist First Nation individuals through a combination of programs and services to improve their employment skills and facilitate their entry into the labour market.
  • Provide greater opportunities for First Nations people to participate in regional employment and training initiatives.
  • Assist Aboriginal youth to gain meaningful employment labour market skills and experience.

The programs are:

  • Reflective of cultural components, Aboriginal languages, traditions, values and spiritual beliefs.
  • Developing skills that are transferable and portable in order to be of use in any labour market situation
  • Ensuring flexibility when designing the programs to better meet the individual needs rather then attempting to force-fit the needs in the program.
  • When applicable, established as modules to allow the flexibility to deliver in a way that accommodates the trainees’ circumstances, for example, location, family obligations, traditional pursuits and season.

As well, under these programs, each Local Delivery Mechanism makes provisions to assist persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate in employment and training programs.

Our Local Delivery Mechanisms

Wabun Training & Employment

The Wabun Training and Employment Services department of the council is responsible for the delivery of funds and programs to its six member First Nations.

First Nations Serviced:
Chapleau Ojibway, Brunswick House, Beaverhouse, Flying Post, Matachewan, Mattagami, Wahgoshig

Wabun Training and Employment Services
313 Railway Street
Timmins , Ontario
P4N 2P4
Phone: (705) 268-9066
Fax: (705) 268-8554

Mushkegowuk Employment & Training Services

Mushkegowuk Council is a federally incorporated non-profit organization and their primary mandate is to provide advisory services to the seven First Nations. The Employment and Training Services (ETS) department of the council is responsible for the delivery of funds and programs to members of eight First Nations.

First Nations
Attawapiskat, Chapleau Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Missanabie Cree, Moose Cree, Taykwa Tagamou, Weenusk

Timmins Office
Mushkegowuk Council
36 Birch Street South
Timmins, ON
P4N 2A5
Phone: 705-268-1150
Fax: 705-268-3282
Moosonee Office
Mushkegowuk Council Employment & Training
P.O. Box 188
Moosonee, ON
P0L 1Y0
Phone: 705-336-2278
fax: 705-336-2118