Esk'etemc Economic Development


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


                        photo by Bettina Johnson

  • Employment & Training
    The Employment & Training Manager, 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 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.
  • Communications & Community Development
    Jonathan Hand is working to create an Esk'etemc Communications Strategy, including the developing of a band member newsletter and both internal and external communications. With a Masters in Development Practice, he is also actively leading our Agriculture and Clean Energy planning and development.
  • Economic Development
    Bettina Johnson manages the EcDev team and its operations, to mobilize and expand on existing community assets and resources, and build capacity within community. She is in process of expanding on the new Esk'etemc Strategic Plan for sustainable community economic development. The team develops creative, artistic & cultural projects, and works to extend funds with applications to grants and other external funding opportunities.
  • "Xeqpenwellen re Sqleqluts" Language Project
    With generous support by the First Peoples Cultural Council, we are creating an exciting community-based language revitalization program. 

  • Arts Projects & Esk'etemc Products
    We are working to coordinate Arts Projects & advance and define creative/artistic opportunities for the Esk’etemc community, as we build a foundation for sustainable Arts Development. 
Staff Members

Bettina Johnson, Economic Development Manager -
Ashley George, Employment & Training Coordinator-
Jonathan Hand, Communications & Community Development -

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!


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!


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
"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!


project participants Heather Johnson, Amanda Dan, Layna Chelsea