The mandate of the Employment and Training Department is twofold:
- To advocate Squamish Nation’s interests in employment and training on a National and Provincial level
- Through the Eslha7an Learning Centre and Employment Services and the Trades Centre, provide development and delivery of community programs, education, training and employment services to members who can benefit from these services, to assist them in being more successful in mainstream education, employment and training.
The Employment and Training Department is comprised of three main divisions
Our team works with First Nation clients to assist them in seeking employment and training that suits their needs. We have partnerships with the First Nations Employment Society (FNES), Industry Training Authority, Kwantlen College, Capilano University, as well as the North and West Vancouver School Districts to maximize funding for clients. Our goal is to help clients get on the path to education or training that will lead to meaningful employment. Following the guidelines of our funding agencies we strive to assist clients with tuition, books, travel and living allowances in some circumstances.
We offer a safe and holistic environment where our First Nations clients can take their first steps towards education, training and employment while maintaining their traditional values.
To evaluate the needs of membership on an ongoing basis and to continually develop the implementation of workshops, training and education that meet the diverse needs of our clients.
Our team is responsible for the efficient administration of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Income assistance program. We provide financial support to eligible adults and their dependants who are unable to meet their basic needs. The team assists persons living on reserve to maintain a basic standard of living; to prevent dependency by developing individual and family strengths; and to assist recipients to access services that will enhance their ability to assume primary responsibility for their own affairs.