The Ogimaa Binesiiyog – Youth Ranger Program is a summer employment program, starting in 2013, this unique program evolved through a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong (SWB), and the United Native Friendship Center (UNFC). The teams are made up of a balance of Anishinaabe and non-indigenous youth from surrounding communities. The program provides these youth with valuable hands-on land-based work experience, personal and professional skills development, and the opportunity to expand cultural, traditional and technical knowledge of natural resources management and the importance of taking care of the land for generations to come.


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Attention Treaty #3 Post Secondary Students


“A Summer Employment Program for Post-Secondary Students”

If you are up to 30 years of age, currently attending a recognized post-secondary institution and will be looking for a job for the summer, inquire about the Career Employment Match Program. This program is intended to provide you, as a post-secondary student with employment that is related to your specific field of study. Please read the program guidelines and criteria to ensure that you meet eligibility guidelines.

Priority: All jobs identified as a skill shortage will be considered, including working remotely or from home, however; the employer must have current Working Remotely Personnel Policies for the student to follow. For   2021 due to additional funds, jobs in Health Care sector will have additional access. If you are unsure if your career falls under the Health Care sector, please contact an Employment Advisor.

Objective: To provide summer employment opportunities to Treaty #3 post-secondary students in career- related employment in their specific field of study.

Application Guidelines and Criteria:

  • Employment must be related to student’s career goals and field of study;
  • Student must be attending a recognized post-secondary institute and provide a letter of verification;
  • Students must take initiative of finding a suitable and eligible employer;
  • Students must register as a “jobseeker” through the Anokiiwin Job Connect website: and submit resume with program application;
  • Employers must also register as an “employer” through the Anokiiwin Job Connect website;
  • Employment can take place anytime between May 03, 2021 to August 27, 2021, but limited to maximum of 12 weeks and up to 35 hours per week; Employers have the option to extend employment period at their own cost;

Approved Wage rates to be determined by the year of study completed in spring of 2021:

Year of Completion in Spring of 2021CEM
Contribution per hour
Minimum Employer
Contribution – 10%
Completion of Year One$14.25$ 1.42
Completion of Year Two$15.25$ 1.52
Completion of Year Three$16.25$ 1.62
Completion of Year Four$17.25$ 1.72
Completion of Year Five or final$18.25$ 1.82


Students who are eligible:

  • Must have completed at least one year of full-time post-secondary studies and be resuming full-time studies in the fall of 2021;
  • Be a Treaty #3 member under our ISET agreement;
  • Be up to 30 years of age, at time of application;
  • Be available to attend a Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong sponsored Youth oriented 1-day event if selected

Employers who are eligible:

  • Non-profit, or private sector, in operation for a minimum of 6 months and provide evidence;
  • Be able to contribute a minimum of 10% towards hourly wage of above noted rates;
  • Must have third party liability insurance or WSIB;
  • Must be able to provide quality work experience, training/mentoring and guided supervision;
  • Must attest to having health/safety policies including COVID-19 safe workplace practices;
  • Must have proof of current policies for working remotely or from home;
  • Agree to allow student (if selected) to attend Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong sponsored 1 day Youth event with notice; Employer to participate in a 1-day virtual workshop;
  • Be in satisfactory standing with Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong – i.e., previous and/or current projects;
  • Agree to the attached “Employment and Training Agreement”

What is my first step?

Update your resume and use job search skills in finding an eligible employer who can provide you with the quality work experience related to your field of study. Please refer to eligible employer guidelines below.  Review and have the attached program description available for the employer to review. Contact or visit one of our Employment and Training Centres listed below to speak to an Employment Advisor, to update your resume or for guidance on job-search skills and labour market information. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please call ahead.

Ozhibii’igewigamig Employment and Training Centre 326 Second Street South, Kenora
1-800-545-5113, ext 249
Anokiiwin Eastern Area Office  1455 Idylwild Drive, Nanicost, Fort Frances
1-800-545-5113, ext 201

What happens after I find an employer and the employer has agreed to hire me under the Career Employment Match Program?

If the employer has agreed to hire you, complete the attached Student Application form. The employer will also have to complete the attached Employer Application form. The employer may contact Shirley Kelly, Program Supervisor 1-800-545-5113, ext 226 if there are any questions on the program, application process or payment policies.

When is the deadline to submit my application and the employer’s application?

The deadline for submitting both the Student and Employer application is April 09, 2021.

When will I, or my employer, be notified of a decision that the funding is approved to hire me?

Should your application be approved, your employer will receive an official approval letter by April 16, 2021. A copy of the letter will be sent to you via email.

What are my chances for receiving funding?

There is an increasing demand on the CEM program. With limited funding, not all applications may receive the level of funding as requested or may be assessed against other priorities.

Assessment: All applications will undergo an assessment process, which will include but not limited to:

  • Student and Employer meet eligibility criteria;
  • The job is identified as a skills shortage in the Treaty #3 area;
  • The value of the work experience being provided;
  • The employment matches the career/educational field of the student;
  • Availability of program funds.

Deadline: Mail, fax, email your application package by April 09, 2021

Contact Tracey Councillor at 1-800-545-5113, Eastern Area Office, ext 261 or email: [email protected] for further information about the program or application process.

Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong Employment and Training Centre
580 Lakeview Drive, P.O. Box 2909, Kenora, Ontario P9N 3X8 Fax: (807) 468-1813

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