Fantasyland Hotel

17700 - 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB

March 1 - 3, 2016

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If you’re a youth interested in a career in the trades, Pathways is the conference for you! This three-day gathering will include educational sessions on trade careers, information on who hires tradespeople, education and training options, career planning (like where to start, how to get funding, and how to do business development), and some great entertainers and performers.

As an indigenous youth, you’re uniquely positioned to help Canada close the gap on its skilled-labour shortage. To find a promising career in the trades, information is your best ally. By learning about the opportunities available to you within the trades, you’ll be better equipped to enter an industry and choose a career that’s right for you.

To get you there, the Pathways 2016 – Gathering Our Nations’ Youth for Trades national conference is focused on helping you break down barriers, discover new opportunities, and build new relationships.

This year’s youth conference will bring together indigenous-owned companies, industry, education, business, and career development sectors to highlight the vast number of trades careers available to indigenous youth (ages 16–30) across Canada.

Conference Registration

Registration fees are $300 plus GST. The fees include a networking session on the evening of  March 2, 2016, conference sessions, meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, and snacks) Register here.

This year for the first time, youth have the opportunity to go to Galaxyland or the Waterpark for just $25 in addition to the registration fee.

Registration Deadline:   February 26, 2016

Registration Confirmation: A confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you.

Note: We will accept registrations after the deadline only if space is available.


In the event that a registered youth, individual, or chaperone is not able to attend, please contact us by February 26, 2016, in writing, so that we can make that space available to others. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Conference Governance and Management

A steering committee, which consists of Indigenous business owners and corporate representatives, provides guidance to the conference planning.

The Alberta Indigenous Entertainment Group (AIEG) have been contracted to manage, plan, and coordinate the logistics of the conference.

  • Karen McCarthy (CEO of AIEG) – conference manager

Community Involvement

Host Nation
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

Host Schools
Yellowhead Tribal College
Kitaskinaw School