Building Strong Relationships Through Employment and Training

Published on: January 2021

Frequent advice given to explorers stepping onto new ground anywhere in British Columbia is to “engage early and often” with local First Nations. What does engagement look like in practical terms? While there are dozens of options, one important and simple first step is to seek out and introduce yourself to any employment and training officials working on behalf of First Nations bands in your area.

Nicole Johnny is the Employment & Training Manager for the Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly (CNA), which represents eight First Nations bands in and around Merritt in southern British Columbia. The CNA was formed to manage and administer the eight participating bands’ commitments in the participation agreement with Teck Highland Valley Copper (HVC) Partnership and Economic Community Development Agreement with the province.

“Take the time to build true, honest relationships and use liaisons like myself who have spent years building rapport with the whole community to help you build those relationships,” advises Johnny.

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