Currently we are working on an economic development strategy that will go forward to the minister. We're in the third stage of it right now. We're in the process of looking to set up an economic development corporation. We also have the new ASETS program, which is provided under Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. We have partners across Canada.
From HRSDC we also have what we call ASEP, which allows us to set up special partnerships. Right now we sit on several sector councils across Canada. It also allows us to build partnerships with industry. We sit on the tourism sector council board of directors. We sit on the food processing council and on others, as I've stated. We're looking to tie it all together. We're looking at a whole-of-government approach to this: education, economic development, and training.
Through the ASETS program, we're attempting to address the post-secondary education problem, because for the most part, we do not receive educational dollars, because we're off reserve and therefore fall under provincial jurisdiction. This makes it difficult for us to develop a long-term strategy on education. We're hoping that at some point we can do that. In the meantime, we work with what we have. As I said, ASETS allows us to fund the last year of post-secondary university, because by that point, once they graduate, students are deemed to be job ready. By building partnerships with private industry and the different sectors we are approaching it from different angles. By working on economic development, by setting up an economic development corporation, we're hoping that we will eventually have places where our students, our young people who graduate, will be able to go to get a foot in the door and get some life experience to launch them into the working economy.
We're trying to take every little piece we get and multiply it to make it meaningful for addressing some of the issues we're facing. One of the greatest things we're looking toward is having our economic development corporation set up, because it will eventually--it won't happen overnight--give us a sense of independence. We'll be able to look at financing ourselves. We are very proud people. We've always said that we don't want a handout; we want a hand up. We want to be independent of funding. We want to be able to track our own path and be responsible for our own future.