Esk'etemc Economic Development

 

Hours of Operation: Mon - Thurs, 8am -5pm
Phone 250-440-5611


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                        photo by Bettina Johnson


  • Economic Development
    The EcDev Manager, Bettina Johnson, oversees the EcDev team and its operations, always looking to mobilize and expand on existing community assets and resources, and building capacity within community. The EcDev team manages the garden box site and is in process of  expanding on the new Esk'etemc Strategic Plan for sustainable community economic development. They develop creative, artistic & cultural projects, and works to extend funds with applications to grants and other external funding opportunities. Bettina is also the contact for the website refresh - share your suggestions with her!

  • Employment & Training
    The Employment & Training Coordinator, Ashley George, assists community members with employment services, including help with resumes and job search. Ashley maintains a job board, offers access to employment and training resources, and creates and coordinates training and workshops in-community, 
    Ashley is involved in the developing of skilled trades workers, and promotes CCATEC programs to better equip community members with employable skills.
  • "Xeqpenwellen re Sqleqluts" Language Project
    2019 is the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages! With generous support by the First Peoples Cultural Council, we are creating an exciting community-based language revitalization program. Sheryl Johnson is the Language Project Coordinator, and is working on developing the program, as well as setting up the Resource Library (Room 3, Sesplulkw)
  • Arts Projects and Esk'etemc Products
    Linda Sampson and Jahpa Belleau are passionate about arts development in-community, and are working to actively coordinate Arts Projects & advance and define creative/artistic opportunities for the Esk’etemc community, building a foundation for sustainable Arts Development. To be involved in our new biweekly Esk'etemc Artists meeting (Tues night, 6.30pm at Room 3, Sesplullkw building), be sure get in touch with Linda, and connect with either of them with your ideas and input.
    Staff Members

    Bettina Johnson, Economic Development Manager - ecdev@esketemc.ca
    Ashley George, Employment & Training Coordinator- ecdevassistant@esketemc.ca
    Sheryl Johnson, Xeqpenwellen re Sqleqluts Language Program Coordinator - sherylj@sxoxomic.ca
    Linda Sampson, Arts Project Management Trainee - products@esketemc.ca
    Jahpa Belleau, Arts Project Management Trainee - arts@esketemc.ca


    recent EcDev Projects

    Esk'etemc Canvas Art Project

    July 2018
    A workshop dedicated to advancing artistic skills & stories behind our art.
    We hosted an Art Gala at the Esk'etemc cafe, where the artists had a chance to share on their art & processes.
    thank you to Dakelh artist/mentor Clayton Gauthier!
    learn more: Green Gazette article

    Art Prints and Art Cards from this workshop now available!

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    Leona Belleau, Jahpa Belleau, Clayton Gauthier, Jacinta Sampson, Linda Sampson, Annmarie Johnson





    NVIT Bridging to Trades

    Apr 9 - Jun 29, 2018
    a 12-week Introductory Trades Course in-community, incl 2 weeks foundational training each in:
    Welding, Plumbing, Electrical, Machining, Essential Skills, Employment Readiness
    - sponsored by CCATEC
    - thanks to NVIT for delivering this amazing program in-community!

    film on program to come - stay tuned!

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    graduates Amanda Dan, Phillip Robbins Jr, Crystal Peters, Chris Chelsea, Justin Johnson, Nicole Samson, Dean Chelsea, Tikkeon Grinder, Edward Dick



    Youth Film Project "Generations of Esk'etemc"

    March 2018
    with film mentor Jeremy Williams of River Voices Productions
    and photography mentors Casey Bennett, Sherisse Mousseau
    learn more: Green Gazette article

    through this mentorship program, the Youth created a 5min shortfilm 
    check out the facebook page

    with the generous support of the FPCC First Peoples Cultural Council


    https://youtu.be/9vvsUHyhGts
    "Generations of Esk'etemc" shortfilm

    Esk'etemc Photobook Project

    March 2018

    A workshop for the developing of the 1st Esk'etemc photobook.
    This project was about increasing skills in photobook layout and design, while commemorating the historic event of May 8, 2017 for the community and beyond.
    - thank you to mentor/photographer Casey Bennett!
    learn more: Green Gazette article

    The photobook can be purchased here!

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    project participants Heather Johnson, Amanda Dan, Layna Chelsea