About Us

Empowering Our Youth: Opportunities for Meaningful Employment provides essential skills, financial literacy, industry-specific training, and life skill development through a variety of training opportunities (workshops, seminars, certifications, job shadowing activities, etc.). Youth who participate in the project will be empowered through a strengths-based approach to skills discovery and development. Youth will then access funding opportunities for short-term job placements to gain employment experience in the hospitality & tourism, and health care industries. GBNFC succeeded in obtaining a Youth Skills Connections grant through the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment to facilitate the project.

This project will target Aboriginal Youth in the Georgian Bay Region (including Beausoleil First Nation, Moose Deer Point First Nation, Rama First Nation, Barrie, Orillia and Parry Sound areas). These youth experience a variety of barriers including:
• Racialization
• Lack of education
• Lack of employment opportunities
• Weak social networks
• Poverty
• Risk of incarceration (or current criminal records)
• Lack of a mentorship support
• Transportation barrier for training and employment

Training Activities during project include:
• Financial Literacy
• Life Skills Training
• First Aid/CPR/AED Training
• WHMIS
• Customer Service Training
• Business/Office Skills Training
• Workplace Essential Skills
• Sensitivity and Diversity training
• Food Safety
• Smart Serve
• Driver’s Education
• Job Shadowing/Mentorship
• Industry certification

The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (GBNFC) administers programs in areas such as health, family support, employment and training, education, children and youth initiatives. The GBNFC values are built upon mutual respect, trust, open communication and teamwork. The GBNFC is committed to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in an urban environment

Business size

1-10 employees

Commercial presence