|This project supports the ONLC membership with free “In-The-Business” training and practical experience for Aboriginal individuals in Ontario communities, and tools and models of social enterprise for its Member Native Literacy Programs. Funding for the first phase of the project has been provided through the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), ONLC.
Through The Seven Grandfather Teachings Kiosks, participants are provided an avenue to draw upon their natural interests and talents to build skills and future employment/ entrepreneurship opportunities in the retail sector. Throughout each participant’s involvement with The Seven Grandfather Teachings Kiosks, their own trading abilities are utilized as a fundamental base for building skills in retailing, business, merchandising, employability and entrepreneurship. Training includes: customer service, marketing and sales, business applications, communications, and essential skills. The mandate of The Seven Grandfather Teachings Kiosks is to deliver training and provide employment/business experience to Aboriginal individuals, with a strong emphasis on youth and women.
This project is occurring simultaneously with a ‘sister’ project through the AWPI Program, entitled “The Canadian Aboriginal Arts & Communication (CAAC) Business Studio: An Aboriginal Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship Training Centre”. The CAAC Business Studio will provide the Kiosk Project with a confirmed and dedicated source for products to be sold at the Kiosks, and will allow for integration and cross-participation for the target Aboriginal population that these projects serve. Both projects are independent, yet together create synergy that will allow both social enterprises to provide Aboriginal participants with skills and experiences that lead to fulfillment and self-sufficiency, as well as provide ONLC and the participating member organizations an opportunity to earn unrestricted revenue to support their missions.