Maamawi, minonakiiwin ga zhitoomin ji shkewziyaang wii Ogimaakangeying, nakeying enenjgewaat edbendaagzijig.

Promoting Self-Sufficiency Among Our Members
Serving our First Nation communities since 1990.

Provide direction, guidance and support to member First Nations Chiefs, Councils, staff and community members in community based business projects; Provide analysis of government (First Nation, federal and provincial) legislation, regulations and policies that affect OTC member First Nations.


Program Guidelines

· Training Purchases
· Wage Subsidies
· Summer Student Employment
· Workshops for Youth
· Employment Counselling
· Self Employment Assistance
· Referrals to other Employment or Education Programs
· Career Decision Making
· Labour Market Information
· Resume Writing
· Job Finding Skills
· Apprenticeship Support
· On-the-job Training



Otter Program

Ogemawahj Tribal Training & Economic Resources

  • To assist OTC First Nation members who are long term unemployed, eligible for EI or on social assistance with in-school training, on-the-job training, work experience or a combination of both
  • To provide skills enhancement opportunities for OTC First Nation members
  • To provide Summer Employment Experience to OTC First Nation Secondary and Post Secondary students that have just completed a full academic program and will be entering another full academic program

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Application Forms

Please complete, print and bring the following forms to your first appointment.

Client Eligibility

To qualify for an ISETS program, a person must:

  • Be a member of an OTC First Nation
  • Resident in Ontario
  • Be unemployed, on social assistance or EI
  • Consideration will be given to clients who are underemployed and/or clients whose employment is at risk due to changes in the labour market, insufficient employment skills or certification.

Training Eligibility

  • Training to provide employable and/or transferable skills
  • Applicant will have a high probability of achieving employment when these skills are acquired
  • Training should lead to the Applicant’s self-sufficiency and career aspirations
  • To be eligible for training allowances, there must be the ability to monitor attendance and progress by OTTER staff

Eligible Training

  • Adult Basic Education/Upgrading is eligible. Upgrading to meet post secondary entrance requirements may be considered.
  • Industry Training (i.e. renewable training/short term tickets) may be considered on a one-time basis, provided other eligibility requirements are met
  • Apprenticeships (client must re-apply for each year of the apprenticeship)

Eligible Training Providers

  • Recognized and accredited training delivered by private, post-secondary and industry institutions
  • Delivery agents recognized by industry
  • Non-profit organization, business or unions may be eligible under each program’s specific criteria

Program Overview

  • Organizational Requests to Train Community Members
  • Individual Client Requests for In-Class and/or On-The-Job Work Experience · Training
  • Job Creation Program
  • Targeted Wage Subsidy Program
  • Youth at Risk Program
  • Youth Development Program
  • Summer Career Placement Program

Process To Apply

  • All applicants must complete the OTTER intake and assessment process
  • Applicants must complete a Participant Information Form (PIF) and 
  • Consent Form
  • Funding depends on budget availability
  • OTTER has an appeals process in place

Eligible Costs

  • Tuition and Books/Supplies
  • Living Allowances
  • Travel/Parking
  • Wages/MERC
  • Disability related supports
  • Upgrading
  • Other costs may be considered depending on program requirements

Job Board

Internal Positions

HUB Water Technician

The Ogemawahj Tribal Council (OTC), consisting of the Chippewas of Beausoleil, Chippewas of Georgina Island, Chippewas of Rama, Mississaugas of Alderville, Mississaugas of Scugog Island and the Pottawatomi of Moose Deer Point First Nations, supports the overall goals and objectives of all of its member First Nations in the development and facilitation of a superior service delivery organization. In keeping with this mandate, a self-starting, highly motivated individual is required to assume the responsibilities of HUB Water Technician.... Read More

To support, enhance and develop OTC communities’ knowledge and readiness in meeting all objectives of the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS) and Ontario Drinking Water and Wastewater Standards. Taking direction from the OTC Hub Coordinator, develop any and all required documentation for water and wastewater systems operations that will enable OTC First Nations to meet Provincial standards. Contribute to the OTC Hub program by promoting and building knowledge, awareness and capacity within each community to ensure longevity of First Nation Water and Wastewater assets.

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There are no internal positions available at this time.

External Positions

There are no external positions available at this time.

Education Manager

After 40 years of service, Nancy Marsden-Fox, Alderville First Nation’s Education Manager will be retiring from her position in early 2021. In an effort to ensure sufficient time for knowledge sharing and a smooth transition of responsibilities, AFN is initiating a recruitment search for Nancy’s replacement.... Read More

It is our intention to hire an AFN Community member under the Employment & Training funding earmarked for Alderville members, who will train and work closely with Nancy during the upcoming 2020/2021 school year beginning in September. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this opportunity you are encouraged to review the following job posting and apply for this position. A celebration to honour Nancy’s many years of service and accomplishments will be forthcoming.

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Language & Culture Instructor

Alderville First Nation’s Day Care is recruiting for an Ojibwe Language & Cultural Instructor who is responsible for providing Ojibwe language and cultural activities to daycare children and staff.... Read More

This is a permanent, parttime position at 25 hours per week – Monday to Friday from 7:45am to 12:45pm. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Child Care Supervisor.

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NNADAP Coordinator

The National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) Coordinator is responsible to plan and deliver programs that focus on the reduction and prevention of substance abuse within the community of Alderville.... Read More

This is a permanent, full-time position at 35 hours per week. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Health & Social Services.

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The Alderville First Nation Day Care is recruiting for a kind and caring Registered Early Childcare Educator (RECE) responsible for providing educational programming and other learning activities for the children and to assist them with their personal needs. ... Read More

This is a permanent, full-time position at 35 hours per week. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Child Care Supervisor. There are two (2) positions available!

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Edwin Classroom Success Facilitator

Edwin is a digital learning ecosystem of curriculum-aligned, trusted resources coupled with tools and functions which allow for resource exploration, content creation, and collaboration. ... Read More

Edwin empowers all users and drives engagement. An Edwin 1-to-1 classroom puts a device into the hands of every student and is continually improving through user feedback.

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Finance Clerk / Admin Assistant

Under the day to day direction of the Finance Administrator and oversight provided by the First Nation Administrator...... Read More

...the Finance Clerk/Admin Assistant will provide support and assistance to maintain accurate financial records for all government services, and provide general administrative support as needed.

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EUC Cook

Ensure that the operation of the senior's kitchen and the nutritional care of the residents are within the Ministry of Health Guidelines... Read More

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Executive Assistant Chief

Under the direction of the Chief, provide high level executive support, general office management and the performance of a range of technical and administrative duties in a consistent, professional and confidential manner.... Read More

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Executive Assistant Education

To provide high level executive and administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education in a consistent, professional and confidential manner. To assist with the coordination and execution of related services and projects as directed to ensure the smooth operation of department.... Read More

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General Manager of Business Operations

To ensure RFN sustains growth through business development. Responsible for overall operations/profitability of existing businesses, developing sales strategies, budgets, vendor profiles, inventory control/marketing. ... Read More

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Grounds Maintenance

The purpose of this position is to obtain on the job experience / skills in the area of grounds maintenance and other departments as needed.... Read More

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Project Coordinator

To coordinate construction and maintenance projects of RFN Facilities and Infrastructure in order to maintain all assets in good condition.... Read More

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Snack Bar Attendant

Responsible for food services and providing excellent customer service during sports events and other functions as required.... Read More

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Administrator of Heritage Services

Oversee, schedule, and evaluate staff, prepare & maintain annual budget for Library & Heritage Services. Assist in program planning, report new initiatives. Coach employees, represent department to external groups, committees and organizations.... Read More

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Department Contact

Andrea Edgar

Employment and Training Coordinator

[email protected]
Office: 705-329-2511 ext. 202
Cell: 705-345-9365

Andrea Edgar is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.  Andrea has a two-year certificate in Business Administration/Accounting from Georgian College in Barrie. Additionally Andrea is a recent graduate of the  Public Administration and Governance through First Nations Technical Institute and Ryerson University.  

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Andrea’s career began after the completion of her certificate course at Georgian when she accepted an Office Manager position with a metal stamping company located in the former Industrial mall in Rama. She moved onto working for the Finance team at Casino Rama when it was still undergoing construction and not so long after was offered and accepted a position within the Governance offices at Rama. Andrea spent fifteen years working for the First Nation in the capacities of the Accounts Receivable Clerk, the Housing Loan Collateral Fund Officer and finally the Housing Officer providing a variety of property management services to community members.

During downtime Andrea likes to spend time researching travel of all sorts for clients of her home based travel business.

Andrea is the Employment and Training Coordinator with Ogemawahj Tribal Council. Her work includes providing OTTER program delivery services to the five OTC member First Nations carrying out duties as described in the ten year ESDC ISET Agreement.

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