Indigenous Women and 2Spirit People in the Trades

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 Fill out the Online Application Form

 Sign up for Online Information Session on Thursday, May 26 at 6 pm

Course Description

Explore the Electrical and Ironwork trades through an Indigenous led program that includes wrap around supports, an Auntie in Residence, and culturally relevant learning opportunities in a community-based setting. Integrate experiential learning rooted in Indigenous worldviews alongside achieving several trade specific certifications, like health and safety. Identify pathways to employment and education with the support of an Indigenous Wellbeing and Employment Coach. The course culminates with a paid work placement.

Course-specific Eligibility

For any in-person, practical components:

  • Ability to stand and walk on uneven ground
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to work outdoors in potentially inclement weather

Course Details

Delivery: Hybrid (in person and online)
Location: Solidarity Place Workers Education Centre (51 Adair Street) and Online
Dates: June 21 - October 4, 2022
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: No cost to learners (fully subsidized)


Added Program Supports

  • Travel Supports
  • Child care stipends
  • Employability Supports
  • Academic Upgrading


Indigenous Women and 2Spirit People in the Trades is a non-postsecondary course. Participants who complete this course can earn 60 hours towards the 120 hours of non-postsecondary courses required for the College Fundamentals Certificate.

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Online Course Recommendations

The course will be delivered using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Students will require broadband Internet connection, desktop or laptop computer (tablet is acceptable), and basic computer skills (web browsing, email and document creation).


We welcome applications from all those interested in City School, but please note that priority will be given to those who meet the following:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Be an Indigenous woman or 2Spirit Person
  • Have no or limited post-secondary education (i.e., college, university, or participated in an apprenticeship); and/or currently unemployed and/or in receipt of social assistance (e.g., Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program).
  • For online courses, live within Ontario; for in-person courses, live within the community in which the course(s) is being offered.

Note: High school completion is not a requirement. Anyone who will be taking a post-secondary course or program, at Mohawk College or any other educational institution, will not be eligible to register for City School courses at the same time.


We do our best to make case-by-case considerations.

Should class registration not be full by the application deadline, applicants who do not meet the criteria will be considered on a chronological basis.


Students can earn up to two (2) free credits through City School.

You will be notified of your registration status approximately three (3) weeks before the course begins.



Phone or Text: 289-442-2065
Email: danielle.boissoneau [at] (subject: Indigenous%20Women%20and%202Spirit%20People%20in%20the%20Trades)

 Fill out the Online Application Form

 Sign up for an Online Information Session on Thursday, May 26 at 6 pm

This course is offered in partnership with Solidarity Place Worker Education Centre

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.