The Life Path Program

The Life Path Program (LPP) provides pre-employment skills training and personal development training for Atikameksheng youth who are facing barriers to employment and are between the ages of 15 and 30. It was developed as part of the Community Comprehensive Plan – Chapter 4: Prosperity Development.

The LPP is a paid training opportunity for Atikameksheng band members which focuses on traditional healing, empowerment, and self-advocacy in the world of work and beyond. Through a partnership with North Shore Tribal Council – Niigaaniin Services, participants have access to mental health and addictions counsellors, childcare support, local knowledge keepers, and more. After finishing the pre-employment training, participants use their skills during a 3-month paid employment placement opportunity. Participants will also receive specialized training, including certificates in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and First Aid/CPR “C”. Also included in the program are presentations from local professionals. Past presentations have included the mining industry, human resource development and post-secondary institutions.

This interactive program is currently being offered in-person at the N’Swakamok Indian Friendship Centre, at 110 Elm St. in Greater Sudbury, with some cultural programming taking place in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Transportation support is available to participants at the discretion of the Life Path Program Coordinator.

For more information on the Life Path Program, including signing up for the next Life Path Program, please contact Amanda Joly, Life Path Program Coordinator at

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