In September 2020, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) became a new site for the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program, as part of the benefits of becoming a new provincial-territorial member association (PTMA) of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

IAAW’s ISET program provides employment and training support services for First Nation, Métis, Inuit, urban and non-affiliated Aboriginal women across Alberta who are 15 years of age or older.

Our ISET program supports Aboriginal women to improve their skills, through training and education, and to find meaningful employment. We offer client-based services and our ISET Coordinator will work one-on-one with women who are seeking support to improve their skills and/or their employment.

We want to help you identify opportunities for training and employment where you are.

ISET Supports & Services

Individual Training Purchases

Financial assistance to obtain skills for employment. We can help support for costs associated with tuition, materials, supplies, childcare and living allowance.

Self-Employment Benefits

Financial support to pursue self-employment. We can help support for expenses related to start-up costs, including Business Planning, materials and supplies.

Group Training/Special Projects

Based on regional priorities and interest, the group training provides funding to support training opportunities for employment skills and work experience through community based projects.

On the Job Training

Developing partnerships with employers to offer temporary funding as an incentive to off-set the costs of wages. Employers will have the ability to hire a client for a unique on the job work experience tailored to the individual skill set, education and previous work experience. This will offer a paid work experience to improve their long-term employment prospects.

Building strong families and communities by empowering Indigenous women with education and employment.


Indigenous women (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) who are 15 years of age or older are eligible. Women seeking funding support must be unemployed, under-employed or able to demonstrate an immediate risk of being unemployed.


How to get started

New applications will be accepted starting Wednesday June 30, 2021. Check back here for more details. Questions and Inquiries can be sent to

Please note: All our services are currently available online. Please let us know if you require technology assistance.

EMAIL: ISET@IAAW.CA | PHONE: (780) 479-8195

IAAW’s ISET Program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is the ISET holder.