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.

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 once approved, with approved activity to end by August 2023 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 2023:

Year of Completion in Spring of 2023CEM Contribution per hourMinimum Employer Contribution – 10%
Completion of Year One$15.50$ 1.55
Completion of Year Two$16.50$ 1.65
Completion of Year Three$17.50$ 1.75
Completion of Year Four$18.50$ 1.85
Completion of Year Five or final$19.50$ 1.95

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 2023;
  • Be a Treaty #3 member under Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong ISET agreement;
  • Be up to 30 years of age, at time of application;

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;
  • Be in satisfactory standing with Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong – i.e., previous and/or current projects;
  • Agree to the attached “Employment and Training Agreement”

1. What is my first step?

Update your resume and using your job search skills find 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.

Ozhibii’igewigamig Employment and Training Centre
130 Main Street, Kenora
1-800-545-5113, ext 249

Employment Advisor– Eastern Area Office
1455 Idylwild Drive, Nanicost, Fort Frances
1-800-545-5113, ext 263

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

If the employer is eligible and has agreed to hire you, complete the attached Student Application form. The employer will also have to complete the attached Employer Application form. Please contact Misty Castle, Youth Programs Co-ordinator at 1-800-545-5113, ext 230 or email: [email protected] for further information.

3. When are applications accepted?

Applications will be accepted starting March 20th, 2023. The application process will continue until the available budget is spent. We encourage students to start their job search as soon as possible.

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

Once both the Student and Employer application is received, an assessment follows and official notification will be within 5 business days if all information is provided. Based on the assessment, the employer and student may be required to provide additional information or clarification.

5. What are my chances for receiving funding?

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 value of the work experience being provided;
  • The employment placement matches the career/educational field of the student;
  • Application forms are complete and signed;
  • Availability of program funds.

Submit: Mail, fax, email your application package

Contact Misty Castle at 1-800-545-5113, ext. 230. 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

For Treaty #3 Students in Grade 9-12

Objective: To promote and recognize the importance of completing high school, career goal planning and achievement in the school and community. The theme for 2020 is building “Leadership”

Eligible student applicants must provide a school and support letter, a brief written biography and complete the Student Application form and a 500-word essay or submit a video clip.

Video clips must be no more than 2 minutes with a head shot. You will be introducing yourself, what school you are attending, your career goals, what helps you succeed in school and an encouraging message to other students about “Leadership”.

Eligible Students:

  • Treaty #3 students attending High School in Grades 9-12 or Alternative Education Programs on a full-time basis for the 2019/ 2020 Academic year and;
  • Must be under the age of 24.

All student achievers must be prepared to attend a Shooniyaa Wa- Biitong sponsored event (location / dates to be determined). An invitation with details will be sent after final selections. 

Submissions are to be mailed or delivered by the deadline date to:
Student Achievers Award Program
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong
580 Lakeview Drive, P.O. Box 2909
Kenora, ON P9N 3X8


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracey Councillor, Youth Programs Coordinator at 1-800-545-5113 Eastern Area Office. [email protected]


  • Essay must be at least 500 words
  • Topic to address the them of “Leadership”
  • Examples: Message to our leaders, what would do if you were a leader of your community?

Video Clip Technical Requirements:

  • Be original for this application.
  • Not infringe on any third-party rights (logos, music, intellectual property, etc.).
  • Not include any third parties, including minors, celebrities and friends, who have not expressly authorized the entrant to display his/her image or likeness in a submitted video.
  • Be 2 minutes in length or less.

Tips for Making a Great Video:

  • No need to hire a professional, Plan ahead and shoot several takes to get it right.
  • Higher resolution equals higher quality (4:3 standard format or 16:9 widescreen format), Aim for good audio sound quality.
  • Use enough lighting, the more light the better.
  • Think about what’s behind you before you hit the record button.
  • Try to have as much of a personality on camera as possible to come across well. Be energetic and let the real you shine through.
  • Practice by recording sample videos and then share them with friends and family for feedback. If you’re still unsure, try recording the same video three times. Watch each take and select the one you like most.


  • A letter of verification from an authorized school official (indicating full-time status and academic level, thus there will be no need to send report cards
  • Complete and sign attached Student Application Form
  • Complete the biography
  • Submit your Video Clip or Essay

Objective: To provide an opportunity for Youth participants to participate in innovative project activities that contribute towards the acquisition of personal life skills, essential employment skills, the building of leadership skills, career awareness and strong work ethic. These skills are essential in order for Youth to achieve their personal goals. While on the project, Youth participants, under guided supervision, will take responsibility for the initial design, development, implementation and evaluation of a project. Projects that demonstrate that they are inclusive of all Youth and include a peer mentoring component, i.e. aspiring Youth leaders mentoring Youth at risk, will be the priority. Successful projects thrive in a nurturing climate of encouragement, support and a belief and confidence in their abilities.

A.   Type of Projects:
Projects that demonstrate that they can meet the program objectives are eligible. The main beneficiaries of projects are the Youth and the community.
If you are unsure, please discuss your idea with Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong before applying.

B.   All projects have to include the following activities:

  1. Guiding Circles/Life Skills: ½ day to full day session. A follow-up session may be requested.
    Projects must include a session on “Guiding Circles – Understanding Yourself and/or Guiding Circles – Finding New Possibilities” or Life Skills to be conducted by Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong program facilitators at no cost. Guiding Circles is a workshop about self-discovery or uncovering potential in the area of gifts, talents, interests, personal style or spirit, values, meaning, learnings, life roles that can lead to a better understanding of oneself and thus the career one would be suited for. It is recommended that Guiding Circles be included as part of the project work plan in the early stages of the project.
  2. Essential Employment Skills and the development of Work Ethics: ½ day to full day orientation session will be provided free of charge by Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong to project hosts and youth participants
    In recognition of the importance of preparing Youth for future career participation, each project must incorporate the following elements into their project plan and activity:
    • Work Skills – Accepting responsibility for tasks, meeting deadlines, setting goals, planning and getting results;
    • People Skills – working as part of a team, personal and social responsibility, interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Thinking Skills – Being able to adapt to change, curiosity, creativity and risk taking, critical thinking and problem solving;
    • Technical/Personal skills – research, proposal writing, presentation/public speaking skills. This is where resource people can be invited to facilitate a workshop.
  3. Career Awareness: Optional
    The Project has the option of incorporating a component that will explore careers related to the type of project they are working on and be prepared to conduct a presentation to all the Youth in the community. Projects incorporating a component on Career Awareness will be eligible for receive additional funds for career role models/presenters.
  4. Showcasing the Project:
    All projects must be prepared to showcase their project at a Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong sponsored function to be determined in the future. While on the project, Youth are encouraged to think about how they would share information about their project with others. If your project is invited to showcase your project, travel expenses will be provided for 2 Youth representatives.

C.   Program Criteria:

Project Participants:

  • Project is open to all Youth, whether they are in school or out of school;
  • Project participants must be members of a Treaty #3 First Nation or if individual Youth are considered members of a community;
  • Youth Participants are primarily of high school age and up to 29 years of age.

Number of Project Participants:
A project must have a minimum of 6 and no more than 10 Youth participating in the project.

A project must be a minimum of 12 weeks and no more than 20 weeks.

Who can Apply:
Applicants must be able to enter into and sign a legal agreement. Youth groups can be sponsored through a First Nation or an incorporated non-profit Aboriginal organization located within the Treaty #3 area.

Budget Available:
The total budget available for Youth Projects is $80,000. Therefore depending on the number of applicants, not all projects and/or all costs may necessarily receive funding as requested. Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong has the authority to limit the number of participants or number of weeks as a result of budgetary limitations.

Eligible Financial Assistance:

  • Projects are considered voluntary however; youth participants are eligible to receive an end of project completion incentive to reward them for their voluntary efforts while on the project. At the end of project, each Youth participant is entitled to receive a financial incentive for their participation throughout the project based on $50 per week to be paid by Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong at the end of the project. The project must maintain and provide records of all project activity including planning/organizing meetings, participant attendance in order for Youth participants to be eligible to receive their incentive bonus.
  • Overhead Costs – costs to cover actual overhead related expenses as a result of administering the project up to a maximum of $50 week. For example, if the youth project is using the band office or other organization for use of their telephone or fax, photocopier or other office equipment these costs may be eligible.

Projects have the option to choose either one of the following:

  • Option 1
    Program Costs – items that are necessary for the successful delivery of the project are eligible. These include: rental of meeting room space, office supplies, honoraria for elders or other resource people, materials required for the project. The applicant will need to provide a breakdown of program costs. The maximum is based on $100 per week.
  • Or Option 2
    The costs to cover the wages of a part-time on-site Project Coordinator to provide guidance and coordinate administrative matters. The maximum is based on $225 per week based on 15 hours per week @ $15/hr.

Applications requirements:

  • Eligible applicants must provide a completed and signed application form.
  • Provide a description of the project activity, work plan including schedule of planned meetings and the intended end result or product.
  • Provide a description on how the project will incorporate essential employment skills and the development of work ethics into activities.
  • Project Support: Each application must identify how the project will receive support in the form of community-based support, guidance and advice.

Project Assessment
The project will be assessed on the following:

  • How the project meets intended program objectives and financial guidelines;
  • There is a clear description of the activities, work plan schedule and intended end result or product;
  • Whether the project idea has the support from the youth in the community;
  • Whether the project has identified someone who will assist the Youth project.

Application Deadline : More Information to Follow
For further information or assistance with your application, please contact Shirley Kelly, Program Supervisor at 1-800-545-5113 or (807) 468-2030 or you may contact the Program Officer in your area.

For Treaty #3 Students in Grade 9-12

Objective: To encourage confidence and develop skills in public speaking and deliver a speech to an audience on a topic that is relevant to today’s world.

Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong is accepting submissions for speeches from Treaty #3 high school and alternative education students in grades 9 to 12. Two prizes of $300 each will be awarded for the best speech entry. One in the Grade 9 and 10 category and another in the Grade 11 and 12 category.

This year’s Speech Contest will be “Climate Change”.

What is Climate Change? What does Climate Change means to you? What do you see happening? What can we do to make an impact in the community or at home. What careers could be explored in this field? What Education is required in this field?


  • Treaty #3 students attending High School including or Alternative Education Programs on a full time basis for the 2018/19 Academic year.
  • Up to 24 years;

Speech Requirements:

  • Speech entries must be a minimum of 650 words, double spaced, using Arial size 12 font to be sent via email to: Shirley Kelly, Program Supervisor at [email protected] no later than March 8, 2019
  • The original speech must be mailed to Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong and must be signed and dated by the student.

Please enclose all the supporting documentation with your speech as follows:

  • Student Application Form (see attached)
  • Biography/Career Aspirations Form (see attached)


  • Speeches have an introduction, followed by a main body that has 3-4 points with a clear message with a closing that summarizes the speech and makes a strong ending statement.
  • Use clear, accurate, and descriptive words that will result in a speech that is short, simple and understandable.
  • Back up facts with proper research.
  • Think about how or what impact you want for the audience – will they learn more about the topic, will they change their attitudes, will they be inspired or motivated to action?
  • Practice in front of friends, family or classmates so that both voice and message is strong, clear and impactful.

If your speech is selected:
An invitation letter will be sent to speech winners with details. Please note you will be introduced using your bio information.

Speech Contest Deadline: March 8, 2019

Submissions are to be mailed, emailed, or delivered by the deadline date to:
Speech Contest
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong
580 Lakeview Drive, P.O. Box 2909
Kenora, ON P9N 3X8

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Youth Coordinator or Shirley Kelly, Program Supervisor at (807) 468-2030, [email protected] Toll-free at 1-800-545-5113

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.


Email: [email protected]