Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET)



The NWAC ISET program helps Indigenous women and gender-diverse individuals fully participate in economic opportunities. NWAC believes education can help Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people achieve economic success. Empowerment is the foundation for strong families and communities.

Through NWAC’s agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) we are able to provide financial supports such as tuition, living allowance, childcare, job starts, and other resources to help Indigenous women and gender-diverse people reach their employment and skills training goals.

Client Eligibility:

  • Post-secondary funding for certificate and diploma programs, up to two years, or in the last two years of a degree program.
  • Indigenous women, trans-gender, Two-Spirited, and gender diverse individuals. 
  • Must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Must be unemployed, under-employed, or able to demonstrate an immediate risk of being unemployed.


Download and complete the application form.

In order to proceed with your application, include the following documents with your application. Forward all documents and the application to the regional ISET coordinator in your area, or to

  • Completed application form.
  • Letter of acceptance from an educational institution.
  • Copy of your ID.
  • Letter of decision from other funding sources (i.e. Band, etc.).

Applications can be submitted directly to the Regional ISET Coordinator in your Province or Territory for review.

Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council (YAWC):
Darlene Skookum

Native Women’s Association of the NWT:
Tammy Wedzin

British Columbia Native Women’s Association (BCNWA):
Heather McKenzie

The Alberta Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women:
Alison Poiron

Women of the Swift Flowing River Cultural Network Incorporated:
Angie Campbell

Manitoba Moon Voice’s Inc. (MMVI):
Judy Cook

Native Women’s Association of Canada Quebec region:
Sanaa Nachar

Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group (TNWSG):
Kelly Hyde

Newfoundland Native Women’s Association (NNWA):
Reisha Knott

Indigenous Women’s Association of the Wabanaki Territories (IWWT):
Mariah Sockabasin

Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA):
Justine Maloney

Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI (AWAPEI):
Carole Anne Lewis

Native Women’s Association of Canada Nunavut region:
Sanaa Nachar


Are you an employer looking for strong, reliable, dedicated Indigenous women and gender-diverse employee(s)? If so, we can help! We support your business by finding innovative solutions to support your HR requirements. NWAC can offer important resources to ensure a potential employee is ready to join your team.

For more information, please contact:
Denise MacCormack
Phone: 613-366-4742

Partnerships Building:

NWAC has created partnerships with public and private sector employers who are committed to employing Indigenous women and gender-diverse people.

These partnerships provide Indigenous women and gender-diverse people with appropriate education and training to secure meaningful employment in a demand-driven, skills sector.


Funded by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).