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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) is a Government of Canada program that works alongside Aboriginal Agreement Holders to help Aboriginal people prepare for, find and maintain high-demand jobs now and in the long-term.

View upcoming ASETS Programs and Services

As an Aboriginal Agreement Holder, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) can design and deliver employment programs and services that are best suited to the needs of Inuvialuit beneficiaries within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. In order for this agreement to continue, IRC continues to meet accountability requirements and demonstrate strong performance results based on the three ASETS priorities, which are:

  1. Supporting demand-driven skills development;
  2. Fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories;
  3. Putting emphasis on accountability and results.

The main focus of IRC’s ASETS agreement is to build economic and education partnerships to ensure beneficiaries have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the economy by securing sustainable and meaningful employment.

Recent and Current ASETS Initiatives



IRC E-Learning Centres 

  • Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Sunchild (10 students)
  • Apprenticeship Exam Preparation (two students)

IRC Training Centre

  • Mine Readiness Certified programs (six students)

Inuvik Apprenticeship Tutor Program (three employers/three students)

Class 7 drivers licence preparation

  • All Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities 

Career Planning, Resume Preparation, Communication and Customer Service

Gathering Strength Youth Symposium (in development)



Partners: Aurora College, GNWT ECE/ITI

  • Project: Tuktoyaktuk Building Trades Helper program

Partners: Aurora College, Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC), Northwind Industries (NWI), Bob’s Welding, Grizzly Marine Services

  • Project: Master Limited Certificate and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certification


  • Project: Specialized Heavy Equipment training in Alberta

Partners: Kavik-Stantec

  • Project: Marine Mammal Observer training

Partners: Aurora College, GTC, Sahtu Dene Council, Tlicho Government

  • Project: Early Childhood Certificate Program 2015-16

Partners: E. Gruben Transport (EGT), GNWT ECE/DOT/ITI

  • Project: Specialized Heavy Equipment training (in development)

Partners: IRC, Inuvik Gas, EGT

  • Project: Wage subsidies (training on the job) for Inuvik Gas, IRC Craft Shop Manager and CDC/AHS Caregivers


If you have questions regarding the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Human Resources
107 Mackenzie Road
Bag Service #7
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: (867) 777-7095
Fax: (867) 777-4506