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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions
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As an important follow up to discovering past and present roles, occupations, and careers of First Nations people, you could have a career fair in your classroom on involve the whole school in the process. This is an excellent way for youth to be introduced to the variety of careers available and needed by First Nations people.

Following the steps below will help ensure success of your career fair. The information is taken from: http://www.careerccc.org/products/getstart98/native.html

1. Consult with community leaders. Show that achieving their community goals depends on the talents, skills and leadership of their own people. Involve First Nations Elders, chiefs and community leaders as consultants and participants in both planning and carrying out events.
2. Show the variety of possible careers. Plan activities showing that First Nations people belong to the whole range of occupations that run programs on the reserves for the Band and Tribal Council governments. For instance, reserves need managers, program administrators, health workers, forestry and agriculture specialists, teachers, engineers and architects.
3. Point out options in the public service. As well as explaining the Band and Tribal Council government and its services, there can be presentations on the role and activities of the Department of Indian Affairs, Human Resources Development Canada, Medical Services Branch, and provincial agencies in the life of First Nations communities. Stress that First Nations people are employed by these and other public service agencies.
4. Show the opportunities in business. Involve managers and workers from businesses on the reserve and from nearby municipalities. Show both the skills and commercial sides of the traditional First Nations occupations of trapping, hunting, fishing and craftwork.
5. Alert school principals to First Nations youth's needs. Since most First Nations high school students are enrolled in provincial schools, it is important that these schools take the special career opportunities available to First Nations people into account when planning career weeks.



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