Partnering with the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through their Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS), LFMO is developing a distinctions-based, gender sensitive, youth-centric leadership skills, job readiness, and employment training curriculum for Métis youth and young adults.
This first-of-its-kind educational programming will serve as a model of Indigenous self-determination of integrated Indigenous culture and education, using a gender-sensitive approach to Métis youth employment and leadership.
We at LFMO see a future where there is better employment security and more educational opportunities for Métis youth.
Through these learning opportunities, Reach for the Sky participants will gain knowledge about Métis gendered leadership roles from a contemporary and historical context, and will gain access to different gender role models from our Métis communities, while developing skills to become leaders and mentors in their own right.
As part of the program, participants will apply their skills during facilitated work placements with Métis-receptive potential employers, in order to create networks for further skill-building and to nurture future employment opportunities.
Working together with Métis subject matter experts, Métis-specific Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) experts, Métis curriculum developers and educators, this project envisions the Métis youth of the 21st century in more post-secondary education programs, in secure and upwardly mobile employment positions, and in leadership roles within their communities, Canada and beyond. With three targeted participant groups – high school youth, post-secondary youth, and young parents – Reach for the Sky looks to empower, uplift and pass the torch to the young Métis women, men, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ leaders of tomorrow.