In Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Inuit youth face many structural challenges including reduced access to sustainable, long-term employment. As in other parts of Canada, many services exist to connect youth with employment, however, there are few, if any, studies that examine how to strengthen Inuit youth pathways to employment in this context.
SRDC is working in partnership with community partners to explore two existing challenges to Inuit youth employment in Nunatsiavut:
1) a lack of awareness among employers, community stakeholders, and youth about effective practices to enhance youth employment and how these could be adapted locally, and
2) a lack of alignment between youth’s skills and assets and the available services, resources, and opportunities in Nunatsiavut communities.
To enhance awareness and alignment, SRDC and the project leadership team, including partners from Nunatsiavut Government and community programs, will synthesize what is known about effective ways to support youth employment in the region – based on the research literature, promising practice, and local knowledge. This synthesis will be used as the basis for a community-based co-design process for one or more of Nunatsiavut’s five coastal communities (Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Rigolet, and Postville). This process will engage local employers, community stakeholders, and Inuit youth in developing priorities and ultimately, a concrete intervention model for youth employment in Nunatsiavut.
Published: December 2019
Capability: Knowledge Mobilization/ Workshop Facilitation
Policy Area: Career Development and LMI, Employment - Employment Supports and Services - Employment Programs
Population: Youth - Indigenous Peoples