A Network of First Nation Employment Agencies
SITAG is a network of Tribal Councils and Independent First Nations that provides employment development opportunities to First Nation people living in Saskatchewan
- The network provides employment services that help people find careers
- The network connects people with information, decision-making tools, skill development activities, and sponsorship opportunities to help people prepare for the workforce
- The network provides support that will help people succeed in pre-employment training and the workforce
- The network has longstanding relationships with local employers and provides partnership opportunities to help solve workforce needs
The evolution of the SITAG Network and its work began in 1987. The Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group (SITAG) was created under the umbrella of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to administer training purchases for First Nations and has evolved to represent the face of First Nation Labour Force Development in Saskatchewan.
- Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, SITAG’s initial mandate was to identify the training needs of First Nation people in the province.
- In 1991, SITAG was designated an operating board under the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) “Pathways to Success Strategy” to administer training purchases and income support measures to community agencies and clients.
- Grassroots decision-making was advanced with the signing of two significant agreements with Canada – a Regional Bilateral Agreement (1996) and an Aboriginal Flexible Funding Agreement (1998) – that supported First Nations and Tribal Councils to directly deliver their employment-based programs and services. With these agreements, SITAG’s role as the coordinating body for the network of First Nations and Tribal Councils progressed.
- Through 1999 to 2019, SITAG operated under two consecutive agreements – Canada’s Aboriginal Resource Development Strategy (AHRDS) followed by the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS).
- In 2019, the federal government deepened its commitment with a 10-year First Nation Labour Market Strategy (FNLMS) under the Indigenous Skills & Employment Training (ISET) Program.
SITAG is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of Tribal Councils, Independent First Nations, FSIN, and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) appointees – all 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan are reflected. Management, administration, and network support for the Board’s strategies is provided by a dedicated SITAG team within SIIT.