Employment & Training

The BCAAFC assists with the development and implementation of programs to support the employment and training of Indigenous people in BC.

The Aboriginal Non-Profit Strategy (anpBC)

The anpBC strategy supports employment within BC’s Aboriginal Non-Profit (ANP) sector to sustain and uplift the important work of each organization.

BC’s ANP sector is comprised of hundreds of organizations across the province who provide services to improve the lives of Indigenous people.

Services cover a wide variety of topics, all integral to healthy individuals and communities: housing, employment, substance abuse treatment, health and wellness, sports and recreation, arts and culture, and child and family services.

Northern Corridor Centres

The Northern Corridor initiative is part of the BCAAFC’s strategy to increase employment and training among Indigenous people. Northern Corridor Centres have the resources and training to help clients find meaningful employment.

Read the 2020 Northern Corridor Report

Services:
Resume and cover letter building
Education and training certificates
Career planning through self-assessments
Interview skills
Computer access
Job boards

Northern Corridor Centres – contact your local centre

Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society (Smithers)
Nika Palmer: employment.office@dzelkant.com | 250-847-5211 ext. 212

Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society (Fort Nelson)
Lovely Behn: jpc.fnafs@northwestel.net | 250-500-1656

Fort St. John Friendship Society (Fort St. John) 
Jennifer Smith: jennifer@fsjfs.ca | 250-785-8566

Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert)
William Gye: ep-coordinator@friendshiphouse.ca | 250-627-1717 ext. 29

Kermode Friendship Society (Terrace)
Holly Harris: job.coach@kermode-fs.ca | 250-635-4906

Nawican Friendship Centre (Dawson Creek)
Tara White: nfcpd@nawican.ca | 250-782-5202

Prince George Native Friendship Centre Society (Prince George)
Angela Gervais: agervais@pgnfc.com
Sheryl Elgie: selgie@pgnfc.com | 250-564-3568 ext. 230

Words from a program coordinator (April 2019)

“Since the December holidays I have seen two clients obtain fulltime employment through the Northern Corridor initiative. Both clients expressed urgent need to work to support their children and break a recent cycle of substance-abuse. It can be challenging to find work placements under such circumstances. Having access to support from the community keeps individuals focused on their goals and hopeful for a better future. The Friendship Centre provides a space for this community support and additional resources to uplift individuals looking to make positive changes. The Friendship Centre staff understands that a holistic approach to personal development provides the greatest opportunities for success. This understanding means that we work together to meet the unique needs of each client who walks through our doors looking for employment. When I follow-up with clients after three months of transitioning into an employment routine, their housing has stabilized, their diets have usually improved, and their overall stress levels have been reduced.”