Program Objective

To provide fundamental pre-employment and life skills training through culture based programming.


Oya:na is a 10-week employment and life skills program for urban Aboriginal youth who are interested in developing and enhancing their employability and life skills through a culture-based program.


Program Supports

  • Full or partial course fees
  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Transportation
  • Weekly training allowance! Participants are eligible to receive up to $200 per week of the training program.
  • Childcare (may be provided and based on individual need and assessment)

Program Cost

100% of funding covered by NPAAMB

Am I Eligible?

  1. To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be: 
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).  
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).  
    4. 18 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection. 
    5. A desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals. 
  2. Out of school, unemployed or underemployed. 
  3. If participant is a previous NPAAMB client, must demonstrate successful completion of prior interventions.   
  4. Commitment to full attendance and conduct expectations. 

How to Register

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer to be included in our ongoing inventory of applicants.  

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  • Through the 10-week Oya:na Program, I was able to obtain my Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C, Food Handlers and WHIMIS certificates. As well, I was provided training in Occupational Health and Safety for Workers, Workplace Violence and Harassment, Customer Service, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. All of this training will increase my chances of getting employment, and help improve my socio-economic and financial stability in the long-run. As well, I learned how to work well with others, and the program helped me become more aware of my culture. Completing the Oya:na Program has given me the confidence to apply for a Personal Support Worker Program, and if successful I would like to like to apply to a Leisure and Recreation Program. My goal is to work with the elders in long-term care facilities doing recreational therapy to keep both their minds and bodies active.

    Thank-you NPAAMB!

    Zachary Jamieson