Cultural capacity training

Designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the HRIC training is to further develop individual capacity and promote positive partnerships between Indigenous people and the surrounding agencies and organizations that deliver services to Indigenous people. Cultural awareness and training will assist you in your work by providing the background needed to advance culturally appropriate accessible services.

Culture Resource Coordinator

Cultural Resource Program
From the program the goal is to provide increased access to cultural land based services that strengthen the well-being of our identity of the indigenous community.
Cultural Resource program includes, drumming, singing ,family programing, teaching how to smudge, monthly social, peer counselling, indigenous history, and partnerships with other
Indigenous groups and non-indigenous groups and community

The Apatisiwin program was created to ensure Indigenous people gain education, experience, and skills to achieve and maintain meaningful employment and improve employability.  The program offers assistance with career decision making, job search, skills enhancements, employment maintenance and stay in school.  Building community partnerships with various agencies, public and private schools, post-secondary institutions, and the business sector provide the essential links to facilitate realistic, well researched work activity plans.  Each work activity plan is designed to allow for co- developed action plans that increase employment among urban indigenous youth, improved employability of urban indigenous people in Ontario, and increase urban Indigenous student success.

Youth Employment Counsellor

• The Youth Employment Counsellor is responsible for leading an effort to support youth employment and training activities and outcomes. The Youth Employment Counsellor will ensure the effective delivery of the program such that urban Indigenous youth direct service users gain education, experience, and skills to improve employability and/or achieve and maintain meaningful employment. The Youth Employment Counsellor works directly with the Apataisiwin program and is in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC).
• Job Search – for youth
• Skills Enhancements – for youth
• Stay in School Initiative – specific to youth

Possible Funding Opportunities:
• Job preparation – courses/programs to build skills
• Post-secondary tuition/other expenses
• Extra curricular activities (e.g. sports, clubs, art classes)

*Youth is considered ages 5/6 to age 29,


SHAE is a combination of independent, experiential and teacher-taught programming for youth ages 16-21. SHAE is a partnership between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC). This alternative education program provides an opportunity for Indigenous students to learn through a community and cooperative education model which values Indigenous ways of knowing and being to ultimately encourage Indigenous student success and wellness.

Literacy and Basic Skills

• The Literacy and Basic Skills program is designed to assist adults who want to upgrade their skills to improve their independence abilities, prepare to earn their Secondary School Credits or GED, meet the requirements for post-secondary programs, and increase their qualifications for employment or apprenticeship. We offer one-to-one or blended learning. Targeted training is offered monthly to increase soft skills and employability. The Literacy and Basic Skills Program is supported by Employment Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development.