Esk'etemc Economic Development


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm

Phone: 250-440-5611, ext. 275
Direct Line: 250-302-3680


                        photo by Bettina Johnson

Staff Members

The position of Employment and Training Coordinator, also known as Employment Assistance Coordinator, is available with Esk'etemc. The job posting is here.

  • Employment & Training
    The Employment & Training Manager would assist community members with employment services, including help with resumes and job search. They must maintain a job board and offer access to employment and training resources, and also coordinate training and workshops in-community. Involvement in the developing of skilled trades workers, and promoting CCATEC programs to better equip community members with employable skills is also necessary.
  • Economic Development
    Economic Development is to mobilize and expand on existing community assets and resources in an effort to build capacity within the community of Esk'et. It's currently in the process of expanding on the new Esk'etemc Strategic Plan for sustainable community economic development. There was intent to develop opportunities for creative, artistic and cultural projects, works to extend funds with applications to grants and other external funding opportunities.
  • 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.
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!

YouTube Video: NVIT Bridging to Trades


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