Kagita Mikam became embodied in 1991 as an Area Management Board, under the Pathways to Success Strategy. This partnership, for the provision of employment and training services to Aboriginal people, took place on a nationwide basis between Canada Employment and Immigration and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
The relationship has remained intact through transition years, and, in April 1999, the now named Human Resource Development Canada and the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people signed Protocol Accords. These accords are the stepping stones for the signing on a regional basis of Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreements. These agreements are funded, as this partnership evolves, by Federal funds and the agreements are for five-year intervals.
Status members of Wahta Mohawks, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan (Golden Lake) will receive service from Kagita Mikam without care to their residency.
FIRST NATION MEMBERS
Eligible Ontario First Nation Members residing within our service area boundaries will be serviced and referred through Kagita Mikam. Depending on their First Nation, we will secure funds from the appropriate Local Delivery Mechanism.
FIRST NATION/ABORIGINAL OUT-OF-PROVINCE MEMBERS
There is a special non-affiliated (OG-I) pot of funds which has a specific criteria. Those who can access this are out of province First Nation members, or those individuals classified as non-status and not affiliated with a First Nation in Ontario or Metis group.
Those individuals who are Non-status may also be eligible for funds. [Non-Status is defined as an individual who can prove direct lineage to a First Nation within one generation. A parent must have status for the client to be classified as Non-Status. This definition is only for Kagita Mikam clients.
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