The Skills and Wellness Gathering Series

Learn more about this collaborative event


The Skills and Wellness Gathering Event Series



What is the Skills and Wellness Gathering? 

The Skills and Wellness Gathering is an event that promotes a collection of Nokiiwin initiatives that promote community wellbeing. The event offers community members the opportunity to interact with the Skill Inventory, Community Resouce Guide, a research project in partnership with Lakehead University, solid waste management and restorative justice. The four-hour drop-in sessions give members the flexibility to learn about and engage with what matters to them. 

It is important to note that photographs will be taken at every event as a part of the funding agreements supporting these projects. 

Download the informational Skills and Wellness Gathering handout here

Coming to a Nokiiwin Community Near You

The Skills and Wellness Gathering will be taking place in Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay First Nation) on July 11th, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM with dates in other communities to follow. If you are interested in learning more about this event and do not see a date for your community listed below, contact Corey Anderson at (807) 699-6208 or at nokiiwin%23com|skills.  


Participants are asked to pre-register for the Skills and Wellness Gatherings in their community. Members are able to do so at their local Government/Band Office or online through community-specific links. This helps organizers prepare material, catering and follow-up with winners of any door or grand prizes. Those attending are also asked to bring their copies of their resumes as well as any professional or academic certificates for the Skill Inventory.  


Community Gathering Location Date and Time Registration Link
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay First Nation) BZA Community Centre July 11th, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fort William First Nation FWFN Community Centre and Bingo Hall September 8th, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pic Mobert Ontario Works and Training Centre Waterfront August 9th, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pic Mobert Ontario Works and Training Centre TBD
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation) TBD TBD
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sandpoint First Nation) TBD TBD
Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek (Lake Nipigon Ojibway) TBD TBD
All Nokiiwin Community Members Lakehead University TBD
All Nokiiwin Community Members Confederation College TBD
All Nokiiwin Community Members Victoria Inn TBD

Future dates will be announced here and through our social media channels. Check back often for the Gathering nearest you.

What is the Skill Inventory?

The Nokiiwin Skills Inventory initiative is a repositioned continuation of the Skills Database. This program is designed to benefit individual Nokiiwin communities by offering tailored insights into their workforce. By working with community members to build portfolios on a secure offline web application, participants can connect with regional businesses and joint venture partners easing traditional barriers to meaningful employment. Once collected, this information is securely held by designated community staff like Economic Development Officers (EDOs). Select team members may use the information to create aggregate reports, allowing users to remain anonymous while providing a relevant dataset which can be used to inform future strategies or apply for funding.

If you have Google Chrome, you can access the Skill Inventory here:
No Google Chrome? No problem. Download it for free here:

Your contact for this initiative:
Corey Anderson, Skill Inventory
Direct Line: (807) 699-6208

What is the Community Resource Guide?

The Community Resource Guide was created to identify community resources using the medicine wheel. This gathering provides everyone with an opportunity to provide feedback on the resource guide which will become available this fall. 

Your contact for this initiative:
Brian Dunn, Disabilities Coordinator
Direct Line: (807) 699-6203

What is the partnership with Lakehead University?

A research study led by Lakehead University and Nokiiwin Tribal Council is looking to recruit participants to complete a survey, to better understand labour force participation, work productivity and disability in the communities of the Nokiiwin Tribal Council.

We are seeking individuals aged 15 or over and residing on- and/or off-reserve, to participate in our study. We would like to learn more about your work, your health, and any difficulties you have with your health that might affect your work.

As a bonus, six participants are randomly selected to win an iPad. 

The survey is available here:

Your contact for this initiative:

Chris Viel, Research Assistant, Lakehead University, Department of Health Sciences
(807) 343-8010 ex. 7665

What is the Solid Waste Management Initiative?

Proper solid waste management is essential to the health and sustainability of the environment and our communities. This foundational initiative places the importance of how we deal with household and commercial waste to avoid harming the environment and impacting community health. Throughout the Skills and Wellness Gathering, the project focuses on culturally meaningful and useful waste management solutions to reduce the risks associated with not properly disposing of waste.   

It's important for the environment and our health. By engaging with directly with community members, the project will offer insights into reinforcing communities positions as caretakers of the land and its resources.

Your contact for this initiative:
Erin Desjardins, Waste Management Coordinator
Direct Line: 
(807) 699-6210


What is Restorative Justice?

The Restorative Justice department has been developed to help those affected by crime identify and address their needs in a respectful, compassionate and inclusive manner. Nokiiwin staff will be present at the Skill and Wellness gatherings to engage with community members and connect them to opportunities for healing, reparation and reintegration. 

Your contact for this initiative: 

Sandy Taddeo, Support Services Coordinator
Direct Line: (807) 699-2616