Initiatives

CreateAction
Urban Indigenous Youth Leadership Project
GBA+ Toolkit


CreateAction

Create ActionCreateAction is a work experience program for youth facing barriers to employment who are currently not in education, employment or training. The program provides paid work opportunities for youth who are interested in a career in community economic development and the social economy. The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) works with our national network of Friendship Centres to create work opportunities supporting urban Indigenous service delivery. 

Together with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), the NAFC works with employers across the country to:

  • Offer 6-month paid work placements for youth between the ages of 15-30 inclusive at the start of the placement 
  • Grant an hourly wage to the youth, paid directly by CCEDNet
  • Deliver a youth peer learning program focused on skills development and community building
  • Offer capacity building workshops for employers

Are you an Indigenous organization or youth interested in CreateAction? We are recruiting for cohorts three and four soon! Get in touch with Monida Eang, Program Officer at meang@nafc.ca to learn more. 

 

Placement dates

Hourly wage

Cohort 3

January 10, 2022 – July 8, 2022 

$19.50

Cohort 4

June 20, 2022 – December 16, 2022 

$20.00


Urban Indigenous Youth Leadership Project

The Urban Indigenous Youth (UIY) Leadership Project is being developed for the purpose of building skills and developing networks with urban Indigenous youth through leadership training. This project will encourage urban Indigenous young people to tell their story in their own voices, supported by community and researchers, to disseminate knowledge on what specialized supports urban Indigenous youth need in an employment setting. This project aims to identify innovative ways to help youth prepare for, return to, and keep employment while drawing linkages from their personal experiences.

Through this project, the NAFC intends to: 

  • Empower youth to make informed career decisions during and post-pandemic 
  • Enhance communication skills by determining output styles and creating teamwork diversity
  • Provide mentoring and coaching opportunities to foster professional confidence, entrepreneurship, and network building 
  • Broaden knowledge of financial literacy and the importance of maintaining a healthy work life balance
  • Encourage youth to share their stories, develop meaningful connections, and disseminate knowledge on specialized supports in employment settings

A Leadership Symposium is set to take place in the Fall of 2022 to create space for youth, employers, and government from across the country to receive the findings from youth-led community-driven research projects. Youth and employers will then have the opportunity to partake in intergenerational networking and relationship building to disseminate specialized supports and build linkages for the benefit of urban Indigenous youth.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please contact Leah Prisque, Decent Work for Youth Officer at lprisque@nafc.ca.


Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Toolkit

GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. GBA+ considers the multiple characteristics that intersect and contribute to who we are, including identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability and how the interaction between these factors influences the way we might experience government policies and initiatives. 

NAFC has been working on a GBA+ Toolkit to ensure the respectful and inclusive development of a culturally relevant GBA+ toolkit that addresses the needs of both Indigenous communities and the federal government. This will also ensure that this toolkit is inclusive of considerations such as community protocols and appropriate engagement processes that are specific to First Nations, Metis, Inuit and urban Indigenous populations. 

A draft of the toolkit is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.