Aboriginal Youth Finding Summer Jobs in Saskatchewan

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2012 YETI Participants


With a month of school left, high school students are wondering where to search for summer jobs.

“The community sees a need for the students to be active in some sort of good way,” Murray Bird Principal of White Bear Education Complex.

White Bear First Nation high school has developed a relationship with the businesses on the reserve and surrounding towns.
5TJStudents can work at the golf course and the school or the casino if they are old enough, he said.

In Saskatoon, the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) has been hiring two Métis students for summer positions for more than five years.

“We try to give them a variety of work so they have lots of things to put on their resume,” said Shirley Isbister, CUMFI President.
For Regina students looking for jobs, the First Nations Employment Centre (FNEC) has a program called Youth Employment Training Initiative (YETI).

In the three-year summer program high school students who have completed Grade 11 start by getting certificates that include First Aid and safe food handing. Then they are employed for two weeks.

The next summer, students are placed in a government-based job for eight weeks


During the final summer, students are placed in a job that is in the area of their post-secondary education.

“A focus of the program is getting a view of a world that they may have previously been intimidated to apply to,” Erica Beaudin, Urban Service Manager of Regina Treaty Status Indian Service.