Social and Professional Integration

The Social Development Sector of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) helps individuals who are experiencing problems in finding meaningful employment on the labour market by enhancing the quality of First Nations services. 

To do so, the FNQLHSSC

  • Feeds into the reflection process regarding integration through employment or educational and occupational training;
  • Improves access to social and professional integration programs;
  • Develops theoretical foundations to conceptualize the social and occupational exclusion process;
  • Develops active measures and training programs to provide First Nations culturally sensitive tools for income security managers and counsellors;
  • Encourages personal and occupational development of individuals who are socially, professionally and economically excluded.

The FNQLHSSC works towards finding the best intervention methods for income security clients who are isolated from the labour market (i.e. First Nations OPTRA Framework Program, the personalized action plan or the individual profile).

Joint Actions

Social, occupational and economic exclusion form a complex issue which can be explained by many factors and can affect the overall health of the individuals concerned. In response to this problem, the SDOFN  has launched a plan which includes 5 interrelated areas of action:

Social, Economical and Professional Inclusion

This action area encourages employment integration for those who have been absent from the labour market; it promotes an active labour market reintegration, which in turn reduces the retention rate of income security recipients.

Social Integration

The objective of this component is to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to successfully integrate the labour market or to go back to school. Furthermore, this helps develop the qualification prerequisites needed for professional integration (mainly interpersonal and relational).

Professional Integration

This component focuses on one’s ability to be part of the work environment and to maintain employment, due to

  • The individual’s knowledge (acquired knowledge);
  • The individual’s know-how (skills);
  • The individual’s soft skills (attitudes).
This encourages interaction between individuals and their work environment.

Active Programs and Measures

The measures and programs which have been implemented assist individuals in their training plan or their personal and professional plan for employment reintegration, while taking into account the reality of First Nations.

Current Projects and Publications

Through its actions, the FNQLHSSC is seeking innovative tools and new methods to respond to the needs of First Nations, These include:

  • Developing theoretical foundations on social and professional integration processes;
  • Developing guides to training or employment;
  • Adapting social and professional integration programs (i.e. First Nations OPTRA Framework Program).

Information

For more information on the FNQLHSSC’s social and professional integration initiatives, please contact Ms Rosalie Sioui, Social Development Manager,

 

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