The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (AABO) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people working in the trades through improved access and opportunity to apprenticeships and long-term gainful employment. The Board also seeks to improve the socio-economic well-being of Indigenous people in Ontario through greater inclusion in the skilled trades.
AABO is composed of Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) holders to whom the Board is ultimately responsible. The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario works in conjunction with a Partnership Advisory Committee comprised of government and industry representatives, including CUSW.
Our union shares many objectives with the AABO, including increasing public awareness of the skilled trades shortage and apprenticeship programs in Ontario, promoting diversity amongst all people and organizations, and helping to implement a comprehensive strategy to address struggles facing Indigenous people in gaining employment in the skilled trades.