AWDMP Program

Aboriginal Workforce Development and Maintenance Program (AWDMP)
Ginoogaming First Nation established a workforce development and maintenance model known as the AWDMP during year 1996 when the Longlac sawmill was expected to add da second line of production and hire additional 120 persons. This bump up in workforce and production was reviewed and we recognized that some workers at the mill site already were experience work related problems. Funding was secured at that time to establish a training centre and with continued funding from various sources, the program flourished and becamse well known across the northern territory. The Longlac sawmill operation benefited from the better work site improvements involving staffing, production and a host of other items offered by the AWDMP program. Downsizing of the sawmill operation began two years past due to the declining demand for lumber in USA and the high Loonie. The USA problems exist today and the Longlac sawmill has decreased to a staff of 20. But it is expected to return to full force in time and require the additional people to fulfill the needs of the production. The AWDMP model is being updated and rewritten by a Curriculum Developer and will be ready for use by year end. It is our plan to restart the AWDMP training in year 2009 at Ginoogaming and offer the model for lease to some outside agencies. There are many people in our community that would benefit from the Aboriginal Workforce Development Maintenance Program. A recap of the model itself and its developments are summarized below:

  1. – In 1996 the AWDMP was developed in Ginoogaming
  2. – To date, invested $500,000 mainly on operations
  3. – Trained Aboriginal/non Aboriginal/Metis peoples
  4. – Being updated by Curriculum Developer
  5. – Required at Attawapiskat Training
  6. – Required at Ginoogaming First Nation Training
  7. – Required at Eolectric Project Training
  8. – Lease $10,000 – $12,500 per year
  9. – Copyrighted 6 modules

As a current update, on August 25, 2008 an email from received from Sally Braun, Community Learning Networks Project Coordinator, Chair: Attawapiskat Training and Employment Committee Attawapiskat First Nation Education Authority Training which read, in part, as follows: “There are many people in the community that would benefit from this (AWDMP). This is why, we are suggesting we might need to use the curriculum 4 – 5 times a year over a 2 year period. Most of our venues can accommodate up to 20 people comfortably. I don’t know if we’d want the class to be larger. So that adds up to 180 – 200 people from Attawapiskat going through the program in 2 years. One thing you could consider adding to the curriculum if it is not already there, is aptitude testing. Some people do not know where their skill set lies and this kind aof testing will direct them onto the right party. We would also want to send someone to you for you to train as an instructor.”