First Nations Labour Market Study 

In January 2019, the First Nations Technology Council completed Phase 1 of a First Nations Labour Market Study (FNLMS), which engaged Indigenous communities and key stakeholders to begin to identify a research framework that would ultimately support the increase of Indigenous representation in the BC Tech Sector. The outcomes of this study lead to the development of a report, First Nations Labour Market Preliminary Study: Indigenous Engagement and Leadership in the Technology and Innovation Sectors [LINK TO REPORT]that identified the key themes and challenges with respect to access and quality of connectivity and the need for an increase in industry mentorship and partnership opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in BC.

In January 2020, the Technology Council, in partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Council, and funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Sector Labour Market Partnerships initiativebegan Phase 2 of the FNLMS with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of BC tech sector’s workforce challenges, and access of Indigenous PeoplesUsing an Indigenous research approach that aligns with the principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) the FNLMS seeks to: 

  • Understand the current/future demand for technology jobs in BC’s 7 regions 
  • Understand the challenges preventing Indigenous Peoples from participating/accessing technology-related opportunities 
  • Understand the challenges/opportunities identified by Indigenous Peoples as they pertain to needed telecommunications infrastructure in their communities to enable economic growth/participation 
  • Understand the priorities in tech sectors including innovation, hiring, Indigenous recruitment 
  • Explore opportunities for boosting talent/participation of Indigenous Peoples in technology industries 

In May 2021, the FNLMS will officially launch Phase 2 of the project by hosting a Virtual Summit that will bring together Indigenous Peoples, communities, tech and industry employers and training and employment agencies to learn about the research that has occurred to date, provide feedback on the preliminary findings and learn more about the subsequent regional virtual engagement sessions that will begin in summer 2021.  

We want to hear from you! 

 We are seeking individuals and communities to participate in a General Indigenous Population Survey and to attend regional virtual engagement sessions beginning spring 2021. Share what you/your community needs in order to succeed and thrive in the digital ageTo learn more about how to participate in the FNLMS visit here. 

We are also seeking companies in the tech and tech-enabled sectors to participate in an Employer Survey and to attend regional virtual engagement sessions beginning summer 2021. To learn more about how to participate visit here.

To learn more about our research partners visit:
Information and Communications Technology Council
Reciprocal Consulting

* The Get Involved Page could be similar to our form assembly forms used within the Academics Division and ask a series of questions

What Should We Call You?
First Name
Last Name 

How can we reach you?

What community, city, town or village do you live in now? 

Check all that apply:

I am interested in: 

– Participating in the General Indigenous Population Survey 

– Participating in the Employer Survey 

– Participating in the Virtual Summit, a 2-hour event, that provides more information on activities surrounding the FNLMS to date 

– Participating in regional virtual engagement sessions, which provides opportunities for deeper conversations around the emerging themes as a result of the FNLMS research 

This could include an additional layer that asks the respondent to check: 

– I am interested in participating in regional virtual engagement sessions that focus on talent-demand discussions i.e. employers. 

– I am interested in participating in regional virtual engagement sessions that focus on talent supply-side discussion i.e. job-seekers.