Prosperity through innovation

IWS, in collaboration with the MMF – Metis Employment & Training (MET) and Louis Riel Institute, is delivering a program designed to equip Metis women with the tools they need to find meaningful employment. This 15-week program addresses systemic and institutional barriers to economic security and prosperity faced by Metis mothers, caregivers, and guardians as they attempt to enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce.

IWS endeavours to empower and enrich the lives of this targeted group of participants with carefully selected education programs. Through the development and implementation of individual “pathways to prosperity plans,” Metis women in Manitoba benefit from increased accessibility to relevant programs and services, such as employment training and childcare. A network of stakeholders, employers and Metis women in business, mentor and guide the participants through targeted outreach for job-matching, learning and skill-building sessions.

The 1st Cohort took place at the MMF Home Office from November 4, 2019 to February 28, 2020. Mothers and Caregivers were invited from the Winnipeg, Interlake, and Southeast Regions; 10 completed the program with the majority finding employment within the MMF. The childminding component of Prosperity through Innovation ensured the success of the program and its participants.

The 2nd Cohort will take place in Dauphin, Manitoba, in 2020 with the Northwest and Southwest Regions. The 3rd Cohort – Thompson/The Pas will be delivered in 2021.