PLEASE BE ADVISED – MAATS is currently in closing status and it will officially close on March 31st , 2012.  As of March 15, 2012, MAATS phone numbers have been closed.  Applications are no longer being accepted. 

We are extremely proud all of the work done by MAATS staff and of the positive career developments for all of our trainees. 

If you would like to inquire about other training or employment opportunities, please contact the First Nation administration office at: 705-565-2230

MAATS History

Matachewan Aboriginal Access to mining jobs Training Strategy (MAATS) provided innovative employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal peoples in rural/remote area, within the Wabun Tribal Council area.

MAATS Partners

MAATS Graduation May 2010

MAATS Graduation after trainees complete the first round of training in May 2010.

Matachewan First Nation
Mattagami First Nation
Wahgoshig First Nation
Northgate Minerals
Province of Ontario


Provided career assessment and counseling to prospective training participants and provided educational, training, work experience and interventions.

Identified and developed a training plan for candidates who had the interest and ability to move into supervisory, management positions and mentoring roles.

Provided permanent job placements as well as retention and advancement programs to active participants over the life of the project.

Training & Development

The MAATS program aimed to provide support, assistance and training to First Nation members in the following areas:
– Pre-employment Planning and Assessment
– Individual Career Assessments
– Community Based Career Counseling
– Career/Research Planning
– On-site Employment Training
– Computer Literacy
– Electronic Classroom Programming
– Personal Success in the Workplace
– Instructional & Specialty Site Learning
– Apprenticeships in: Heavy Equipment Operator/Mechanic, Millwright, Electrical, Welding, other

Who Qualified

Individuals of Aboriginal Ancestry who met the requirements. Individuals who were unemployed or underemployed. Must have been 18 years or over to participate.

MAATS Management Team

Ann Batisse
Executive Director
Giselle Duval-Batisse
Administrative Assistant
Mattagami First Nation Gail Brubacher
First Nation Partnership Coordinator, North Gate Minerals
Wahgoshig First Nation Michael Miller
Employment & Training Coordinator, Mamo-Nuskomitowin
Nancy Cyr
WTES Program Manager, Wabun Tribal Council
Pam Cormier
EDO/Employment Officer, Matachewan First Nation
Laura Jean Flood
Community Liaison Officer