Changing Lives

The Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group (SITAG) is the single serving delivery organization for the province of Saskatchewan’s 33 Labour Force Development agencies.

SITAG provides additional capacity and offsets administrative supports to Saskatchewan’s LFD agencies. SITAG is managed by Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and receives staff, facility and technical support to undertake ISET’ business.

There are 85 Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISET) service delivery organizations with approximately 600 points of service across Canada that provide Indigenous people with employment training and job skill services in their area.

History & Mandate

Collaboration and productive linkages within the ISET network ensure clients receive streamlined and connected supports for seamless referral in-and-between parts of the SITAG network.

Saskatchewan’s coordinated approach to ISET delivery has the following attributes that are currently not duplicated in any other region of Canada:

  • SITAG uses a common client case management framework among the Labour Force Development agencies and SIIT to ensure that service providers are “speaking the same language” to the client and that, duplication of process is avoided.
  • SITAG hosts ongoing collaborative planning forums, both regional and community-based to support an inclusive developmental process. The forums support an environment for a natural occurrence of program/service alignments and collaborating for resource leveraging and maximizing client impacts.
  • This coordinated approach helps with the transition of clients accessing appropriate supports happens when needed at different stages of their career development. This wrap around approach speaks to the interconnectedness to ensure a more complete response to client need and minimizes the risk of client disengagement.
  • The coordinated and connected environment is welcoming to pilot innovative delivery approaches, test new capacities and roll out deliverables according to a consistent set of standards.

SITAG Mandate

SITAG has a mandate to administer the ISET money to its’ 33 labour force development agencies within the province of Saskatchewan. These labour force development agencies are the Independent First Nations and those that fall under Tribal Councils. This is a “practical demonstration of self-determination with respect to First Nations labour force development in Saskatchewan”. First Nation entities use these funds to purchase training programs for their members in an attempt to foster a greater number of First Nations being employable and entering into the labour market.

SITAG’s mandate is to:

  • To act as a coordinating body for labour market activities related to First Nation labour force development in Saskatchewan
  • To contract with ESDC for the transfer of resources and program authorities and administer the contract according to agreed terms and conditions
  • To allocate resources for First Nation labour force development and enter into management agreements with sub-regional First Nation agencies
  • To provide advisory services for local planning and decision-making
  • To implement an information and reporting system to facilitate decision-making and accountability for First Nation labour force development
  • To implement an information and reporting system to facilitate decision-making and accountability for First Nation labour force development

Timeline

The parameters of the ISET program build on over 25 years of programming and service delivery by First Nations organizations.

1996-1999

Regional Bilateral Agreement with Service Canada to increase Employment & Training initiatives in Saskatchewan

1999-2005

AHRDS 1 (Aboriginal Human Resource Development Strategy)

2005-2010

AHRDS 2 (Aboriginal Human Resource Development Strategy)

2010-2019

ASETS (Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training)

2019-2029

ISET Program ( Indigenous Skill Employment & Training) New First Nations (specific) Labour Market Strategy.

Our People

Saskatchewan First Nations are the fastest growing demographic in the province and are an untapped resource. Many challenges face this population, yet the Saskatchewan First Nations people continue to be resilient and steadfast at self-determining their own economic future. Saskatchewan First Nations are demonstrating the need to build their capacity to venture into creating sustainable community economic development opportunities for people living on reserve and in urban centers. The time to invest in our people is now through strategies like the First Nations Labour Market Strategy.

SITAG Board of Directors, The Vice President of Employment Development and Career Services works to ensure that the Saskatchewan Indigenous Skills and Training Strategy is executed in an equitable and fair manner to ensure First Nations people have access to training and employment opportunities where they live.

Taking a vested interest, SITAG operations take a strategic approach at meeting the need of our 33 Labour Force Development agencies. SITAG Operations staff consist of a team of individuals responsible for Communications, Operations, Financial reporting, Child Care Operations, Labour Force Development, Case Management Consultation, Career Advising, and Planning & Development.

The Network of Saskatchewan First Nations Employment Agencies are made up of 15 Tribal Councils and 18 Independent First Nations and Urban Agencies:

SITAG has participated on four sub-technical working committees of the Assembly of First Nations whose work was responsible for the advancement of the First Nations Labour Market Strategy.  are adequately represented and the voices and concerns expressed by leadership and front line workers are heard at National tables during the transition out of ASETS and into the new.

Governance Structure

SITAG is a non-profit corporation operating within the Province of Saskatchewan has one member, the FSIN. The Board of Directors of SITAG was created by way of bylaw of the corporation, which is consistent with the FSIN resolution. Under the bylaw, appointing bodies independently appoint representatives to the SITAG Board. 

The SITAG Board of Directors represents the face of federal labour market investment for First  Nations people in Saskatchewan. Its history reflects the successive strategies since the inception of Pathways strategy to what is now the First Nations Labour Market Strategy under the Indigenous Skills & Employment program under Employment Development & Career Services Department of Canada.

SITAG is managed by the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and receives staff, facility and technical support to undertake ISET business. The SIIT ISET Operations Unit devoted to SITAG business, performs functions involved with regional administration, coordination and management of the ISET. The ISET Operations Unit is under the management and supervision of the SIIT Employment Development & Career Services Department and is governed by the SITAG Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors of SITAG meet approximately four times per year depending on the business requirements. The function and structure of the Board are to:

  • Elect a Chair
  • Approve policy
  • Allocate Resources
  • Authorize agreements
  • Develop and ratify regional strategies
  • Monitor performance
  • Approve financial statements
APPOINTING BODY REPRESENTATIVES VOTES APPOINTEES
Agency Chiefs Tribal Council Chief Anne Thomas 
Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Chief Clint Wuttunee 
Battleford Tribal Council Brenda Stone 
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Chief Jeremy Fourhorns & 
Chief Brady O’Watch 
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice Chief Morley Watson 
FSIN Senate Senator Wesley Bear 
Senator Earl Ermine 
Independent First Nations Chief Roy C. Petit 
Meadow Lake Tribal Council Gordon Iron 
Prince Albert Grand Council Chief Peter A. Beatty 
Chief John Waditika 
Chief Norma Bear 
Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Daryl Watson 
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Riel Bellegarde 
Southeast Tribal Council Dez Standingready 
Touchwood Agency Tribal Council Chief Reginald Bellerose 
Yorkton Tribal Council Chief Calvin Straightnose  

Impact

  • Over 30,700 First Nations people participated in funded programs and services 
  • Nearly 14,00 First Nation people have secured employment
  • 26% of the First Nation population in Saskatchewan accessed the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy over a 7-year term
  • SITAG and SIIT partnered to create a unique “First Nation specific” mental, health and wellness service for over 125 people experiencing cognitive and learning challenges 
  • 362 students accessed the SOAR program, over 98% were able to continue with their education with this support

Funding & Agreements

SITAG has signed a First Nation Labour Market Strategy Contribution Agreement with Employment & Social Development Canada to deliver services and programs that will increase First Nation clients participate in the Canadian labour market. SITAG then enters into Management Agreements with Tribal Councils and Independent First Nations to coordinate, administer, and deliver community-based programs and services under the terms and conditions of the ISET.