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First Nation accuses Parks Canada of doing nothing while Canada's largest park dries up

‘If nothing’s going to be done about it, maybe it’s time you give the land back to the people'

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Source: CBC news


ROYAL VISIT Yukon First Nation to Will and Kate: Help us strengthen our relationship with the Crown


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch native youth dancers during a welcoming ceremony in Carcross, Yukon on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch native youth dancers during a welcoming ceremony in Carcross, Yukon on Wednesday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their Yukon visit Wednesday afternoon in Carcross, where they experienced some Indigenous culture and absorbed some stunning scenery.

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Source: CBC News



TDSB schools now pay daily tribute to Indigenous lands they're built on

Hundreds of Toronto District School Board schools started the acknowledgments at the start of this school year


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Source: CBC News

Filmmaker proposes 'Indigenous Walk of Fame'

Filmmaker says Duncan is already a local hub and attracts tourists, so makes sense as a location

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Source: CBC News

Indigenous journalist blames Kalgoorlie riots on Facebook crime pages


An indigenous journalist has accused two Facebook crime pages of creating a climate of violence and racial intolerance that triggered riots after a local man was charged over the alleged manslaughter of a 14-year-old indigenous boy.

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N.W.T.'s Aboriginal wellness centre will go ahead, health minister assures


Hospital's elders' advisory council raised concerns that new hospital being built on land set aside for centre

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Source: CBC News

Use "Key Words" in your resume!

When preparing a resume, ensure that you do a little research about the company and type of position you are seeking within it. If you have done your homework before sending in a resume, you can use the "key words" that describe exactly what they are searching for. 

In addition to using the words that describe the skill sets they are seeking, also try to incorporate words that they might use to do a search on skills.

For example: 

If a potential employer were looking for a truck driver, with a particular class of license - use the license type as a "key word".

Or a tradesperson with a particular type of ticket, again use the type as a key word. Again use words that will ultimately give you an advantage over another applicant and bring your name to the top of their list!




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Don't Sweat It!

I can remember years ago, starting a resume from scratch. I worked hours on getting it aligned, the right font, the right format, and section titles.

A friend was doing the same thing as I . She spent 1 hour, and I spent 4. The next day we exchanged finished products and hers was by far better. She spent her time on the content, rather than fidgeting with formatting. I on the other hand, was trying to perfect both!

Lesson learned, take what is already perfected, and add your experience and skills. You will end up with a professional looking resume!


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There is nothing worse than picking up a really great resume, only to find that the font they used is difficult to read. I know that sometimes I select a font that looks great to me... but when I try to read it; I struggle with some of the letters and find it frustrating to read. Not a good idea when we send our resumes off to potential employers.  
Bottom line, when it comes to a resume…keep the font simple, clear and crisp! In doing so, you may very well be selected for an interview over someone else with more experience, because your resume was easy to read!

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06/14/2017 - Skilled youth show their stuff in Winnipeg

05/31/2017 - Answers to your apprenticeship questions

05/17/2017 - ASAP means something else in Saskatchewan

05/04/2017 - ASWA holds 2017 convention

04/19/2017 - Exploring your future in the skilled trades

04/05/2017 - Testing your own Essential Skills

03/22/2017 - Essential Skills: Digital skills

03/08/2017 - Essential Skills: Document Use

02/22/2017 - Essential Skills: Thinking it through

02/08/2017 - Essential Skills: Getting it down on paper

01/26/2017 - Essential Skills: Working with others to get the job done

01/11/2017 - Essential Skills: Reading text

12/14/2016 - Essential Skills: Learning at work

11/30/2016 - Essential Skills: Getting the message across

11/16/2016 - Essential Skills: Numeracy is a good place to start

11/02/2016 - Celebrate skilled tradesacross Canada this week!

10/19/2016 - Succeeding in Construction - What’s next?

10/05/2016 - Succeeding in Construction: 7 rules for your first week

09/21/2016 - Things to know: Your first day on the job

09/08/2016 - Things to know before heading to the job site

08/24/2016 - You've got the job! What's next?

08/10/2016 - The interview, Part 2: How it can go wrong and how to do it right

07/27/2016 - You've got the interview! Now make a great impression

07/13/2016 - Seven job search tips

06/29/2016 - The cover letter: Doing it right

06/15/2016 - Putting together a killer resume, Part 2

06/01/2016 - Your resume is key to getting that job!

05/18/2016 - How ASWA can help you get to work

05/04/2016 - This handy printout gives you important H&S info

04/20/2016 - Remembering those who died on the job

04/06/2016 - The 7 most dangerous tasks at work

03/23/2016 - Safety: Know your rights AND responsibilities

03/09/2016 - Guide helps you find services in B.C.

02/24/2016 - 'Career Compass' can help you find your way

02/24/2016 - 'Career Compass' can help you find your way

02/10/2016 - Building a career in B.C.? Here's some help

01/27/2016 - 'Journeywoman START' ready to roll out

01/13/2016 - Business and Operations in the oil industry – what you need to succeed

12/30/2015 - Geoscience in the oil industry – what you need to succeed

12/02/2015 - Technicians in the oil industry – what you need to succeed

11/18/2015 - Trades in the oil industry – what you need to succeed

11/04/2015 - Oil Industry Operators – what you need to succeed

10/21/2015 - Oil industry jobs – what you need to succeed

10/07/2015 - Create your own path in the construction industry

09/23/2015 - Check out our new website!

09/09/2015 - Three ways to get into construction

26/08/2015 - Personal Stories: Avalon, Journeyperson, Automotive Service Technician

12/08/2015 - Personal Stories: Jimmy, Apprentice Automotive Service Technician

29/07/2015 - Personal stories: Kelsey, Tool and Die

15/07/2015 - Personal stories: Keiran,  refrigeration apprentice

01/07/2015 - Personal stories: Nina; Apprentice Bricklayer

17/06/2015 - All about OYAP ( and apprenticeships in Ontario)

03/06/2015 - Getting to work on essential skills

21/05/2015 - Skilled trade provincial champions heading to Saskatoon!

06/05/2015 - Can you dig it? Fun ways to learn about mining.

22/04/2015 - Mining Careers: Get the right training

08/04/2015 - Mining Jobs...what are they? 

25/03/2015 - A career in mining.Explore the possibilities.

11/03/2015 - New video explains some Apprenticeship Basics

25/02/2015 - Does your Employer say there is no money for training?

28/01/2015 - Civil Construction sector keeps us moving and connected

05/11/2014 - Discovering trades: These videos are fun AND informative

22/10/2014 - Trade school would offer new opportunities to Native youth

Employers Newsletter

06/14/2017 - Architectural institute to promote indigenous design

05/31/2017 - Indigenous youth gain skilled tradesexperience through Yukon program

05/17/2017 - Building the aboriginal connection

05/03/2017 - Training programs pay dividends

04/19/2017 - ASWA partner, Flyer Electric,is Saskatchewan proud

04/05/2017 - Employing youth is a smart strategy

03/22/2017 - Indigenous architecture event to be held in Ottawa in May

03/08/2017 - Indigenous Affairs announces Quebec First Nations projects

02/22/2017 - Indigenous skills training boosted in Thunder Bay

02/08/2017 - Algonquin College breaks ground on indigenous entrepreneurship facility

01/26/2017 - Nova Scotia First Nations band plans rebuild

01/11/2017 - Calgary area development offers big potential

12/14/2016 - Tradewinds program blowing positive change

11/30/2016 - A home-grown solution to skilled worker shortage in Canada

11/16/2016 - New guide aims to build pathways

11/02/2016 - Airline owner had pilot's licencebefore a driver's licence

10/19/2016 - The importance of culturally responsive architecture for Indigenous people

10/05/2016 - Shipping containers repurposed forFirst Nations home in pilot project

09/21/2016 - Work of indigenous builderslives on in ROM totem poles

09/08/2016 - In a highly competitive world, is diversity Canada’s advantage?

08/23/2016 - Embracing diversity, meeting needs

08/10/2016 - Autumn events celebrate Aboriginal business

07/27/2016 - Promoting inclusivity, building relationships

07/13/2016 - Top 100 Employers celebrated at summit

06/29/2016 - The business advantage of diversity

06/15/2016 - Webinar looks at LGBT Inclusion in the workplace

06/01/2016 - Resume 'whitening'. Yes, it's a thing.

05/18/2016 - Shocking incident leads to impetus

05/04/2016 - Gala celebrates First Nations business

04/20/2016 - Remembering those who died on the job

04/06/2016 - Keeping young people safe on the job

03/23/2016 - Understanding risks is key to safety

03/09/2016 - Do you make safety your mission?

02/24/2016 - Helping women build futures

02/24/2016 - Helping women build futures

02/10/2016 - The AHRC is looking for partners in inclusion

01/27/2016 - Celebrating Aboriginal business accomplishment

01/13/2016 - Getting it done safely and on time

12/30/2015 - Extracting oil... from coveralls!

12/16/2015 - Creating their own work environment

12/02/2015 - Helping companies run more efficiently

11/18/2015 - From iron worker to Aqua CEO

11/04/2015 - Forum to focus on challenges and opportunities of cheaper oil

10/21/2015 - First Nation, Enbridge join to bring training and jobs to youth

10/07/2015 - Education network offers resources, best practices info

09/23/2015 - Check out our new website!

09/09/2015 - Mohawk "skywalkers" continue to help shape N.Y.C. skyline