The BC government has announced funding to support education and training initiatives for central interior First Nations.
The Kyah Wiget Education Society will train up to to 80 members of Witset (Moricetown) First Nation in trades upgrading, business administration, academic certification, university and college entrance preparation, and driver’s licence training with $390,000 in provincial money.
The Province is also providing $400,000 to support a range of training programs for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and the Tsil Kaz Koh (Burns Lake) First Nation.
Up to 38 members will get parts and warehouse training, professional development, Indigenous negotiations training, a work experience partnership program, and craft construction.
The Yinka Dene Economic Development General Partnership will deliver training in the Wet’suwet’en and Tsil Kaz Koh communities. Craft construction training will be delivered in Vancouver in partnership with CSWU Local 1611.
“The Wet’suwet’en First Nation (WFN) and Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership aims to increase our participation in the labour market, ensuring that we are engaged in sustainable, meaningful employment,” said Councillor Ruby Ogen, Wet’suwet’en First Nation. “Knowledge is power, and when our people obtain education and training to upgrade their skills in preparation for a particular job, WFN trainees gain knowledge, specialized and employment. We continue to move forward with pride.”
The programs are funded by the Indigenous Skills Training Development Fund and are designed to provide education and transferable skills that fit the needs of the community.