Employer's Forum


Advancing Success

An Employers Forum on Urban Indigenous Youth and The Labour Market

February 15-16, 2023 | Gatineau, Québec

Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel


Across the world, organizations and groups are advancing action to ensure young people have access to decent work.

Join the National Association of Friendship Centres as we gather members, employers, youth, government, practitioners and community leaders on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation for an Employers Forum to advance the success of urban Indigenous youth in the labour market.

The forum will provide a key platform in Canada for dialogue on decent work–a key component across the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals–contributing to the global goals and assisting countries in responding to youth labour market challenges. The forum will engage directly with employers and provide knowledge sharing and best practices on advancing meaningful youth employment in the labour market, specifically investing in the success of urban Indigenous youth.

Forum Agenda

The agenda will provide opportunities for attendees to explore and learn from urban Indigenous youth perspectives, connect and network with Indigenous jobseekers, communities and organizations, and engage in peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. By gathering a diverse range of actors, the forum aims to promote effective, innovative and evidence-based strategies and interventions to address the employment challenge for urban Indigenous youth.

To increase action and impact at all levels, the agenda will include:

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The forum agenda will explore a broad range of topics along the following themes:

  • Indigenous youth-led perspectives on barriers to the labour market
  • Community-led wraparound employment and training supports
  • Financial wellbeing and livable wages
  • Anti-oppression and equity in the workplace
  • Future of work for urban Indigenous young people

Please view our draft agenda.

Register for the Forum

We require formal registration for this event. The deadline to register is January 30, 2023.

We invite government, businesses, civil society, Indigenous youth-led organizations, employment and training providers and others to participate in the forum. Specifically, we are seeking organizations and groups who can demonstrate the capacity, dedication, and alignment to hear the perspectives of urban Indigenous youth and commit to creating accountable workspaces for young people across the country.

To register, please contact Samantha Santoro at ssantoro@nafc.ca.

Non-Friendship Centre Participants:

Registration rate for non-Friendship Centre participants is $400, which includes all meals during the event. Funds will be collected through PayPal.

Member Friendship Centre/PTA Participants:

The NAFC will cover travel arrangements (air, bus, train, taxi, airport shuttle) and hotel accommodations for a select number of youth participants. More information will be shared with members by email.


Hilton Lac Leamy

3 Bd du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6X4

Telephone: (819) 790-6444

Guestroom rate: $195 plus applicable taxes

  • Check in time: 4:00 pm
  • Check out time: 11:00 am

Guestroom rate expires January 20, 2023.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be received by the reservations department at the Hilton Lac Leamy 72 hours prior to arrival.


Simultaneous translation in both Official Languages will be provided during the Forum.


There will be an NAFC Business Office and Quiet Space onsite at the Hilton Lac Leamy for those interested.