The Story of Igniting the Power Within

In 2004, First Nations and Metis organizations, along with Manitoba Advanced Education and Training formed a partnership to respond to the growing need for Essential Skills and PLAR information in Aboriginal communities throughout Manitoba.

Early discussions led to a vision of a training program for community advisors/counsellors. Igniting the Power Within was born and the partners became a steering committee.

Throughout the creation and planning of the Igniting the Power Within certification levels, the committee worked to make sure that the process and content reflected and respected the groups being asked to participate. As well, the participants themselves influence how information is presented with their ongoing feedback.

To date, Igniting the Power Within has impacted thousands of Aboriginal community members across Manitoba, helping them to begin their individual journeys towards success.


To help all Aboriginal people acquire the Essential Skills and  Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) training they need to be able to achieve their employment goals.

The program includes for levels of training.

  • Level 1 - Essential Skills and RPL

  • Level 2 - Building Portfolios

  • Level 3 - Essential Skills and Portfolios for Your Community

  • Level 4 - Celebrating Our Voice

Workshop Subsidy Available

Participating Communities

A program created using the concepts of wholeness, wellness and respect.

When we created the Igniting the Power Within program, it was with the participation of First Nations, Métis and educational organizations. We did this to ensure that the program would meet the real-life needs of Aboriginal communities.

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

Contact Us

Workplace Education Manitoba

1000 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0P3

Fax: (204) 272-5031

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