Algonquin Nation - HRSD
6 Kateri Street, Timiskaming First Nation
Notre Dame du Nord, QC. J0Z 3B0



       
First Nations and Inuit
Labour Market Advisory Committee
Cree Nation Government

CREE REGIONAL AUTHORITY – EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING


The Cree Human Resources Department (CHRD) was created by the Grand Council of the Crees/Cree Nation Government to implement the Cree rights with respect to job search and training services set out in section 28 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, a treaty under the terms of the constitution of Canada. Such programs are implemented under agreements with Canada and Quebec and also in collaboration with local and regional employers.

The Department conducts its business in conformity with the operations and procedures of the Cree Nation Government and as set out under the terms of the above mentioned agreements.

The programs provided by the Department are adapted from time to time based on the experience with particular programs as derived from evaluations of their effectiveness. The Department maintains a data base of those who have benefited from the programs and on their employment status. It also works with employers to increase program effectiveness.


CHRD TARGETS LOCAL AND TERRITORIAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


The Cree Department of Human Resources Development has its head office in Mistissini and a second administrative office in Chisasibi. However, there are human resource development workers in each Cree community who work with local entrepreneurs and agencies to maximize employment opportunities for the populations. There is also a team of officers who specialize in the sectors of territorial development and who work to ensure that the Cree are not confined to employment opportunities in their communities but have access to the opportunities created by developments of various types in the territory.

At present time, the CHRD operates the following programs:


LABOUR MARKET PROGRAMS


Targeted wage subsidy employment program: to provide wage subsidies to employers to encourage the hiring of unemployed individuals.

Self-employed employment program: to help eligible individuals start their own businesses.

Partnerships for employment program: to provide experience to eligible individuals to improve their employment prospects.

Skills development program: to help eligible individuals to obtain specific skills to improve their employability.

Labor market partnerships: to support employers, employee or employer associations, community groups and communities to deal with labor market changes and human resource requirements.

Innovation support: to support innovative projects to help people return to or maintain employment.


YOUTH PROGRAMS


Internship program: to engage in internships with employers to provide experience and skills training.

Community service program: to support work opportunities for youth to help them acquire skills and work experience necessary to enter the labour market.

Student summer employment program: to provide wage subsidies and loans to employers, for youth summer employment.


CHILD CARE PROGRAM


To increase the availability of childcare services for children with parents who are working or studying in Cree communities.

SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES


To facilitate employment opportunities for persons with physical, learning or mental disabilities.

TERRITORIAL PROGRAMS


These programs are called for in sections 28.9.1 and 28.9.2 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. They are designed to provide Cree individuals or groups the full range of training programs or facilities and of job recruitment and placement services they require for qualifying for jobs created by existing or planned developments in the James Bay Territory. They are also to qualify candidates to meet the specific requirements of existing or eventual job and business opportunities in Cree settlements, in the Territory and elsewhere.

EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS


Objective: to provide employment training of direct benefit to the trainee for the purpose of occupying actual or additional positions existing or to be created in employment sectors with a high potential for Cree employment in targeted sectors such as hydroelectricity, mining, forestry, tourism and construction.

IN-HOUSE PRE-PLACEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM


Objective: to place Cree candidates into employment positions above the normal staff level in established companies working in hydroelectricity, mining, forestry, tourism and construction or in other sectors jointly identified by the CRA and HRDC so that they can be trained on the job.

EMPLOYMENT INTEGRATION PROGRAM


Objective: to target mainly unemployed Cree's aged 18 or over who have left regular schooling for at least 3 years to work in companies active in the hydroelectricity, mining, forestry, tourism and construction areas or in other sectors jointly identified by the CNG and HRDC.

NEW ENTERPRISES EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


Objective: to assist self-employment by Cree's by encouraging new start-up enterprises within the Cree communities and throughout the Territory that would operate in the areas of hydroelectricity, mining, forestry, tourism, construction or in other sectors jointly identified by the CNG and HRDC.

YOUTH


Objective: to assist young people, particularly those facing obstacles to employment, to obtain work experience, develop skills and introduce them to the industry sectors of the Territory.



Louisa Saganash

Director of Cree Human Ressources