Ph: (780) 791-6538 |

The Employment & Training department provides support for ATC members seeking employment and/or training, based out of our Fort McMurray office. We also support the Employment and Training offices located within each of the 5 First Nations.


The Employment and Training Department is funded in part by the Government of Canada under a program called Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) and in part under the authority of Section 63 of the Employment Insurance Act. Athabasca Tribal Council is the Agreement Holder as per the approved Strategic Plan by Canada.

ATC allocates funding to five First Nations, which supports the costs of programs, services, and other activities undertaken by each Nation. This increases the participation in the labour market economy and/or supports the Return to School outcomes.

The clientele (Indigenous people, youth, persons with disabilities) who are eligible to apply for assistance under the program include all self-identified First Nations peoples residing on or off-reserve, or in an urban community and catchment area.

We also develop proposals for extra-curricular activities to leverage funding for shortages at the ATC and Nation levels.

Continuously building relationships with stakeholders to increase Aboriginal participation in the local labour market is another important part of the work we do.

Employment & Training news from ATC for the week of September 15th, 2021.

Employment & Training Services

We are excited to be part of your journey to success! If you are ready, willing, and able to further your career, contact us at 780-791-6538.

Client Services

The Employment & Training team works with clients who are either unemployed, underemployed, and/or marginally employed per Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) mandate. Our coordinators can help you with:

  • Resume/cover letter writing
  • Job search techniques
  • Job referrals
  • Job interview preparation 
  • Arranging appointments for driver training courses (Class 5 & 7)
  • Funding for training programs, personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety tickets in conjunction with an employment offer letter
  • Access to computers, printing, faxing, copying, job board, and online applications
Contact Brittany Kozak, our Employment and Training Team Lead at (587) 645-5929 or email her at and let's start TODAY!
ATC Contacts

May-Britt Jensen 
Director of Employment & Training 

Brittany Kozak
Employment & Training Team Lead

Laurie Marion
Employment & Training Administrative Assistant

Natalie Cunningham
Employment & Training Project Coordinator

Korissa Goudie
Employment & Training Project Coordinator
ISETS Contacts 

Tiffany Cardinal
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation 

Employment & Training Coordinator
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation

Melanie Cheecham
Fort McMurray 468 First Nation

Irene Whitehead
Mikisew Cree First Nation

Kaurobi Pandit
Fort McKay First Nation

Employment and Training Programs at ATC

Employee Referral Request:
We are here to help

The goal of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) program is to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian labour market, ensuring the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people are engaged in sustainable, meaningful employment. The objective supports the Government of Canada’s overarching goals of promoting skills development, labour market participation, inclusiveness and efficiency. 

The Employment and Training team maintain relationships with Indigenous clients who are committed and ready, willing, and able to gain employment. These clients have a variety of skills that can benefit employers like yourself. The Employment & Training offices also have job boards available for Indigenous clients to view your organizations current employment opportunities. 

We have an enthusiastic and supportive Employment and Training team in the Wood Buffalo Region that are eager to be a part of your organization’s success. 

We look forward to working with you in meeting the needs of your labour force requirements and welcome further discussions on how we can partner on championing the participation of Indigenous people in the workforce.

Click here to download our Employee Referral Request Form



Businesses hiring now! 

  • ACDEN 
  • Alberta Pacific Forest Industries 
  • Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
  • Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) 
  • ATCO Frontec  
  • Backwoods Security Services 
  • Birch Mountain Enterprises 
  • Bouchier  
  • Consun Contracting
  • Dene North 
  • Elections Canada
  • First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS)  
  • Fort McKay Alcor Inc.
  • Fort McMurray Public Schools
  • Government of Canada
  • Imperial   
  • Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation 
  • KMC Mining 
  • Mikisew Group of Companies
  • Northland School Division 
  • Paladin Security  
  • Primco Dene 
  • Saskana 
  • Statistics Canada
  • Suncor 
  • Tuc's Contracting 
  • YMCA of Northern Alberta 

Click here to view ACDEN's current career opportunities. 

Alberta Pacific Forest Industries is hiring a HR Business Partner (St Albert). Click here for more information. 
  • Human Resources Advisor- Click here for more information.
  • Regulatory Officer- Click here for more information.
  • Manager, Regulatory and Industry Relations- Click here for more information. 

  • Supervisor, Child Intervention Services- Click here for more information. 
  • Government Relations Advisor- Click here for more information. 
  • Communication and Events Coordinator- Click here for more information. 
  • Emergency Services Coordinator- Click here for more information. 
  • Chief Operations Officer (COO): Click here for more information.
  • Education Support Services Coordinator: Click here for more information.
  • Technical Services Manager (Full Time)- Click here for more information. 
  • Supervisor, Community Prevention Program (Full Time)- Click here for more information. 
  • Coordinator, Community Prevention Program - Fort Chipewyan Office (Regular Full Time - permanent) Click here for more information.
  • Generalist, Caseworker (Full Time)- Click here for more information.

Backwoods Security Services are hiring Security Guards!
Click here for more information and to apply!

Check out career opportunities here for Backwood Energy Services.  

Local Fort McMurray position:
  • Class 1 or 3 Operator

Heavy Equipment Technician- Click here for more information.
Heavy Equipment Operator- Click here for more information.  

Check out their current opportunities here.

Consun Contracting is hiring a Construction Superintendent. Click here for more information. 

Dene North

Dene North is looking for Steam Truck Operators to work at a mining site in the Fort McMurray area. You must be well-organized, and favour safety above everything else.
Click here to get more information and to apply now.

For more information, contact Katrina Nibourg at 780-215-1037 or

Elections Canada is hiring poll workers for the upcoming election! Click here for more information. 

FNESS is looking for First Nation individuals with emergency management experience to help support FNESS or other community Emergency Operations Centres. Click here for more information.

Fort McMurray Public Schools has a number of job opportunities available. For more information, click here.  

The Government of Canada is hiring: Government of Canada is currently in the process of looking to recruit Elders, Elder Helpers and Spiritual Advisors to provide contract services to federal serving prisoners. Correctional Service Canada uses a unique approach to Indigenous corrections called the Indigenous Continuum of Care. It is a care model that provides cultural responsive approaches to address the needs of Indigenous offenders.

Indigenous Elder/Spiritual Advisor and Elder's Helper Poster 

Aîné autochtone/conseiller spirituel et aide d’Aîné

Click here for a list of opportunities with Imperial’s contractors and also opportunities with Imperial below. Please contact contractors directly for further information and to apply.

Click here for September opportunities. 

Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation is hiring: 
Check out KMC Mining opportunities here

Mikisew Group of Companies

now hiring

Journeyman Light Duty Mechanic Technician- Click here for more information. 
Warehouseman- Click here for more information. 
Labourer- Click here for more information.
Site Superintendent- Click here for more information.
Tool Specialist- Click here for more information. 
Labourer Town Tools- Click here for more information.

Northland School Division

Click here to find out what positions are open, and to apply.

Paladin Security is hiring! Click here to check out current opportunities. 

Click here to view their poster. 

Primco Dene 

Click the image above for more information.


Saskana is seeking labourers to begin work soon at a downtown location. No drivers license is required. 

Click here for more information

Click here for information on the Community Supporter Toolkit!

Suncor is Canada's leading integrated energy company with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. Their global presence offers rewarding opportunities for you to learn, contribute, and grow in a variety of career-building positions.

Click here to view their current openings, and to apply. 

Tuc's Contracting is seeking outgoing and motivated individuals to join their team.

Truck Driver/Operators will be able to operate the following:
  • B-Trains
  • Tandem Truck and Pups- Water and Sewer
  • Tandem water truck
  • Tandem vacuum truck
  • Hydro vac
  • Steam truck
  • Combo Vac
Truck Drivers/Operators will possess the following:
  • Class 1 and Class 3 Driver’s license
  • Clean 5 year driver’s abstract/commercial drivers abstract
  • 3-5 years’ experience required
  • Proficiency in reading/writing/understanding English
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic truck maintenance
Truck driver/operators are required to perform the following duties:
  • Operate water and vacuum trucks, hydro vac, steam truck, combo vac
  • Participate actively in all safety initiatives
  • Perform pre/post inspections on vehicles, pumps, equipment, tools, etc
  • Complete billing and time cards

We provide a competitive salary and benefits package. All offers are subject to successful completion of a standard Pre Employment Drug Screening.

Please email resumes to
YMCA Employment Link Program. Click here for more information. 
YMCA Career Mentorship Program. Click here for more information. 

Job Search Resources

Indigenous Leadership Program

The Banff Centre has a few upcoming Indigenous Leadership programs which are taking place online this coming Fall. 
Below is a list of the upcoming offering Click here for the poster!
Talent Pool 
Clean Energy Career Training Program

Generation Power is looking to engage 20 Indigenous youth leaders, from coast to coast to be part of the first Generation Power cohort. The program recognizes Indigenous youth as critical players in the transition to clean energy. It aims to empower youth to bring Indigenous communities to the forefront of the climate change movement. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email  

Apply now!
Trade Winds to Success

Check out Trade Winds to Success posters and programming for 2021-2022. Click here.

Contact Trade Winds to Success directly at (877) 362-4771 with any questions.  
Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program (CFAEP)

The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program (CFAEP) offers a special three-week program for Indigenous peoples who are considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During the program, you will get hands-on experience with military training, careers and lifestyle with no obligation to join the CAF after completing the three weeks.

The course takes place at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, or at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CAF provides transportation to and from the training centre, living accommodations, food, clothing and all equipment for the course.

Click here for more information.

Yellowhead Tribal College
Yellowhead Tribal College Presentation. Click here

Yellowhead Tribal College is accepting applications for the Fall, 2021! 
Click here to apply now!
Keyano College 

Keyano College is offering a four-year Heavy Equipment Technician - Apprenticeship program for those interested in becoming a tradesperson in various industries, such as repair shops and organizations that engage with heavy equipment, machinery and welding. Click here for more information.
The Canadian Armed Forces Aboriginal Training Programs

The Aboriginal Training Programs are unique training and job opportunities for Aboriginal peoples from across Canada. The Forces offer three Training Programs that combine military lifestyle with cultural awareness: Bold Eagle, Raven and Black Bear.

Are you up for the challenge?
Learn more now!

Women Building Futures

Alberta Construction Safety Association free courses for CSTS 2020
Click the image above for more information.

Keyano College:
Free Online Courses with the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP)

To register, email

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Labour Study

The Wood Buffalo Labour Market Study sub-committee and contractor Applications Management Consulting recently finalized the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Labour Study and delivered the presentation to the public, participants of the project, and various stakeholders within the communities. Check it out below!

Presentation here!
Report here!
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

Service Canada

The Government of Canada's Job Bank has many resources to help assist you with finding a job, choosing a career, exploring the market, and hiring. For more information visit

Ready to help poster.
Ready to help- Seniors poster.
Ready to help- Youth poster.
Ready to help- Business poster.

New Canada Recovery Benefits

CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program

Nominations are open for 20 bursaries of $5,000 each, providing support to college and institute students who face challenges, especially financial need, to participating in and completing their post-secondary education. Students attending colleges or institutes in rural, remote, or northern areas will be given preference for the bursaries. CICan college and institute members are invited to nominate a student before September 17th.
Nominate here.

Applications for Indspire's
2021-2022 Building Brighter Futures: Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards is now open!


During these challenging times, Indspire recognizes that students, especially those from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities may encounter additional barriers. Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards (BBF) program continues to support Indigenous students so that they succeed and achieve their educational goals.
Through their BBF program, students can receive financial assistance to help pay for school – whether it's for tuition, rent, groceries, or any other expenses that come with being a student. Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115-million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
The application for their 2021-2022 Building Brighter Futures: Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards is now open! Students can apply online at

Next application deadline is November 1st, 2021!
If you’re interested in learning more about our BBF program, please email or visit the website.

Contact ATC today to get started on your job, career, and future!

ATC Main Office
9206 McCormick Drive
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Canada T9H 1C7 

Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Mon. to Fri.
We are closed on statutory holidays

Phone: (780) 791-6538

Follow us on social media.
Facebook: @AthabascaTribalCouncil.ATC
Twitter: @AthabascaTC

If someone is forwarding you this newsletter, click here to sign up!

ATC on Facebook
ATC on Instagram
Copyright © Athabasca Tribal Council, All rights reserved.
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.