Esk'etemc Economic Development


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


                        photo by Bettina Johnson

  • Employment & Training
    The EcDev team assists community members with employment services, including help with resumes and job search. They maintain a job board and offer access to job and training resources. They create and coordinate specific training and workshops in-community, and promote CCATEC programs to better equip community members with employable skills.
  • Economic Development
    The EcDev team coordinates creative & cultural projects, working with resources available within the community, and by extending their funds with applications to grants and other external funding opportunities.  They are involved in the developing of skilled trades workers, by offering resources and support. They manage the community garden, and are in process of updating the Esk'etemc Strategic Plan for sustainable community economic development.
      Staff Members

      Bettina Johnson, Economic Development Manager -
      Ashley George, Employment & Training Manager -

      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