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Working With Indigenous People and Communities

Outland has been working side by side with Indigenous peoples across Canada since our inception in 1985.  We understand the need for meaningful employment, respect for culture and environment and control of their communities’ land and future.  In our workplace we emphasize cultural awareness and sensitivity.  Providing a safe, welcoming workplace for all employees is one of our proudest accomplishments and key to the success of our business.  Outland uses local suppliers and supports local entrepreneurs throughout our operations.  Our commitment is to:

  • Create jobs and training opportunities in the community
  • Develop sustainable business partnerships with communities, economic develop corporations or individuals
  • Share ongoing revenue streams
  • Bring tangible economic benefits to the community
  • Follow the toughest safety and environmental standards

Youth Training Programs

Outland's range of training and employment initiatives illustrates a strong social consciousness with respect to the traditional lands and communities on or adjacent to our operations. Outland is an industry leader in facilitating effective capacity building environments for Indigenous youth. We are committed to developing our northern workforce to reflect the imminent demographic shifts in Canada 's northern populations.

  • Youth development and mentoring programs
  • Cooperative capacity building training and work initiatives
  • Post training employment opportunities available in Outland's operations

Every training program is unique and we encourage you to contact us directly if you are interested in learning more about developing an Indigenous Training Program.

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program 

The First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP) is a local, community driven initiative that works towards equity and opportunity for Indigenous youth. Through the collective efforts of our partners and using natural resource management as a platform, the FNNRYEP focuses on developing work skills, life skills, and encouraging youth to achieve an adult life of prosperity, self-sufficiency, and personal growth.

 Since 2000 the FNNRYEP has been successfully providing holistic, hands-on education, employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal youth between ages 16 and 18. The FNNRYEP offers an on-the-land, culturally relevant, multi-year learning experience in a live-in bush camp environment. With the support of our partners, Indigenous communities, and our dedicated staff, the FNNRYEP has employed over 390 youth from 50 Indigenous communities; translating into 929 summer job placements in Ontario.

 The program boasts many social, economic and educational benefits for youth including competitive wages, relationship development, team building, increased confidence, strong work ethic, healthy habits, and experiential learning. Ultimately, we are setting the foundation for youth to have a productive and happy adult life whether on or off reserve. We are seeing graduates contributing to their communities by participating in band leadership, administration, social services, local industry and entrepreneurship.

 Every year we see what the power of investing in our Indigenous youth can do. Unlocking the potential of this underfunded, underrepresented population has limitless benefits to all Canadians.

Below you will find additional information about Outland's upcoming 2018 Youth Progarms including application requirements, job descriptions, partnership opportunities and past program videos. 

The Learning Curve - Interview with Dave Bradley

2017 FNNRYEP Video

2016 FNNRYEP: "Anything is Possible.."  

2015: INSYNC media presents: A transformation Youth Camp for First Nations Youth in Northern Ontario

2014 FNNRYEP: A Firesteel Production

2013 FNNRYEP: Summer in the Bush

Tangmaarvik Inland Camp Services

Outland Camps has formed an Inuit Owned Company (TANGMAARVIK INLAND CAMP SERVICES) in Baker Lake, Nunavut. The company has been formed to provide a local platform that supports economic development in Baker Lake with a focus on remote workforce housing and catering.    TANGMAARVIK Inland Camp Services focuses on securing catering and camp structures for exploration projects and producing mines, providing local employment and supporting community initiatives in Baker Lake and Nunavut. 

Tangmaarvik Inland Camp Services include:

Sustained Action Fire Crews

Since 1997 Outland has employed 100's of Sustained action Fire Crews in Alberta and Ontario.  These fire fighters are primarily from First Nations communities in the far north.   In a busy fire year Outland will employ over 300 First Nations Fire Fighters from over 30 remote communities across Canada.

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What’s New?

Fairfax Successfully Completes Acquisition of Carillion Canada’s Services Business

CONCORD, ONTARIO, March 7, 2018 – Outland-Carillion Services and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") (TSX: FFH and FFH.U) announce the successful completion of the previously announced acquisition of certain assets and liabilities related to Carillion's Canadian support services operations. Read More »

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program

The First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program (FNNRYEP), developed and operated by Outland over the last two decades, is an education, training and work opportunity for Northern Ontario Indigenous youth. The six week program partners with many regional stakeholders to offer a meaningful, culturally relevant, life/work skills oriented live-in experience in a remote camp facility. Watch the video »

Outland kitchen team work hard to supply food services to emergency Bak Lake Fire camp

Outland kitchen team from Fort Hope, Grassy Narrows, Seine River and Fort William indigenous communities work hard to supply food services to emergency Bak Lake Fire camp in north western Ontario. Read more »

Outland FNNRYEP students attend Annual Science Week at Lakehead University and Confederation College.

TBT News item featuring Outland FNNRYEP students. Watch the video »

Congratulations Ryan Klages on your promotion to Operations Manager!

Congratulations are in order to Outland's Ryan Klages on his promotion to Operations Manager of Manitoba. Read More... »

"Anything is Possible.." First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program 2016

Check out highlights from the the 2016 FIrst Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program in Northern Ontario. The video chronicles the journey of various youth as they navigate their way through training, education and work projects over the course of six weeks at the camps. Read More.. »

Volunteer Award awarded to Outland's Dave Bradley and Sarah Ambroziak!

Congratulations are in order to Outland's Dave Bradley and Sarah Ambroziak for being awarded one of Carillion Canada's STAR Awards. Both received The Volunteer Award for their amazing work with the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program. Read More... »


Outland ensures inclusive and representative hiring practices to reflect the make-up of the communities we live and work in.  Employment equity in Canada's North means: eliminating barriers to employment for women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. This has been our highest priority in the area of camp workforce diversity.  We believe that the benefits of this approach include:

While our broad hiring objectives are described above, Outland also works in partnership with various groups to achieve specific objectives on a project by project basis.  A number of these projects are in specific  operations where our clients have requested confidentiality.  In recent years, Outland has met or exceeded all proposed hiring targets in our remote workforce camps. 

Cultural Sensitivity Training:

A successful workplace starts with understanding.  All non-Indigenous staff participate in a cultural sensitivity training session which is tailored to the specific area of operations. 

Workplace Harassment, Violence and Discrimination policy:

All Outland employees are treated equally under this newly modified policy (2010).  Outland prides itself on building and maintaining a happy workforce with an admirable sense of teamwork. 

Outland Workplaces with significant Indigenous local hiring:

Outland sees the need for a long term shift in our camp and catering workforce toward a higher percentage of Indigenous employees.  To this end, with a variety of partners, Outland undertakes extensive Indigenous training initiatives to build workforce capacity in the local Indigenous populations.