Skills for Success: Supporting Indigenous People’s Retention in Apprenticeships and the Skilled Trades


Skills for Success:  Supporting Indigenous People’s Retention in Apprenticeships and the Skilled Trades

Category: Public Events

Join CAF-FCA and facilitator, Sabre Pictou Lee, as we learn, discuss and collaborate to further support Indigenous apprentices and tradespeople pursuing careers in the skilled trades.  In 2023, CAF-FCA consulted with Indigenous trainers, Knowledge Holders, tradespeople, employers, labour representatives and college educators about current training programs. Learn about the research findings, listen to Indigenous tradespeople share their career journey and share your ideas at this event.

Date: October 23, 2024
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm ET
Location: Nawapon Indigenous Commons, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON – parking for this event is complimentary.

Attendance is free, breakfast and lunch included. Space is limited, advanced registration is required.


Sabre Pictou Lee, JD, MA, BFA,  is a Mi’kmak citizen of Ugpi’ganjig (Eel River Bar First Nation) in northern New Brunswick. Sabre holds a Juris Doctor of Law and a specialization in Indigenous and Aboriginal Law from Dalhousie University, an M.A. Indigenous and Canadian Studies from Carleton University and a B.F.A. Art History and Indigenous Studies from Concordia University.

A highly acclaimed Indigenous speaker, trainer, liaison and researcher, Sabre is Co-Founder and CEO of Archipel Research and Consulting Inc, a fast growing, women-led company specializing in Indigenous research and engagement, equity, diversity and inclusion services, and cultural competency training and presentations.

Within Archipel’s mission of Bridging Worlds of Knowledge, Sabre leads a diverse and dynamic team of experts to assist organizations in changing for the better, especially to be more inclusive to BIPOC realities and worldviews.  Archipel has served such noteworthy clients such as Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Assembly of First Nations, Global Centre for Pluralism, ISO/APTN, Covenant House Toronto, Parks Canada, Chiefs of Ontario, Mountain Equipment Company, World Animal Protection Fund, International Funders of Indigenous Peoples, TD Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, and the Native Women’s Association of Canada, to mention just a few.

With her facilitation and mediation expertise, Sabre works to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, uplift community voices, and facilitate reconciliation. In 2022, Sabre was recognized as Invest Ottawa’s International Woman of the Year and received the Donald Marshall Junior Memorial Award for her Aboriginal Treaty Rights advocacy. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who practices traditional harvesting rights and protocols, while working to honour and promote Indigenous sovereignty and stewardship.