NEWS: Xa’xtsa/Douglas First Nation secyre $450,000 grant for jobs and entrepreneurship training

Douglas First Nation are a small band of around 60 members living on a reserve located at the northern tip of Harrison Lake.

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In late January, the community learned that they had been awarded a grant worth up to $405,000 from the Canada – BC Jobs grant program to provide much needed skills, training and certifications to help community members become work ready.

Working in partnership with training provider Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development, training will be provided to meet the needs of several businesses which are under development by the band such as an Arts and Craft workshop, a sawmill as well as various tourism related products. During the course, students will be mentored by pairing with experts in fields relative to the candidates chosen career paths.

Access to training and other services is incredibly difficult for the communities in this region due to its comparative isolation and the condition of the roads, so the training for up to 27 people will be mainly on reserve. Work experience days are planned to take place at the Squamish Lillooet Cultural Centre and local suppliers in Pemberton will benefit by supplying groceries and other consumables for the participants during the course.

A new tour product will be launched soon by the band, called Sloquet Hot Springs Tour. This sightseeing bus tour will be taking guests from Whistler to the hot springs at Sloquet. This tour will incorporate experiencing first nations culture and history.

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For more information, contact: d’Artagnan Newton on 604 992-3150 or email dart.newton@xaxtsa.ca

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