In Partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through their Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS), LFMO has developed 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 program will serve as a model of Metis self-determination and integrated Metis 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 leadership roles from a contemporary and historical context, and they will gain access to different role models from our Métis communities, while developing skills to become leaders and mentors. Working together with Métis subject matter experts, and 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.