British Columbia Resources

These resources apply ONLY to British Columbia.

For more resources that apply to ALL of Canada, including British Columbia, see: Canada Resources

Contact Info

British Columbia ISET agreement holders

British Columbia ISET program scope

Indigenous Skills Employment Training (ISET), previously known as ASETS, funding typically pays for tuition, books, fees, equipment & supplies for:

  1. up to six month job trade skill courses, e.g. construction, plumbing, electrician, welding
  2. two year college diploma, e.g. practical nursing
  3. the last year of a university program, bachelor, masters, doctorate
  4. possibly high school upgrade GED

Some ISET groups also cover:

  1. wage subsidy to specific employer to help qualified person obtain employment in their chosen field
  2. apprenticeships
  3. summer student
  4. self employment
  5. applicants that can demonstrate great financial need may submit documentation requesting funding for travel / living expenses

Some ISET Holders serve on reserve, off reserve urban, Status and Non-Status including Métis & Inuit members residing in their service area.
For specific lists of which groups are served in British Columbia, see:

List of British Columbia ISET agreement holders

CityGroupFund Off
Reserve
ContactPhoneEmail
Bella BellaMid Coast First Nations Training
Society (MCFNTS)
 Clifford Starr250-957-2225mcfnts@gmail.com
Bella CoolaMid Coast First Nations Training
Society (MCFNTS)
 Violet Clellamin250-799-5151viclellamin@hotmail.com
Campbell RiverNorth Vancouver Island Aboriginal
Training Society (NVIATS)
 Sherri Simms250-286-3455ssimms@nviats.com
ChilliwackStó:Lō Aboriginal Skills Employment
Training (SASET)
YESAnna Celesta604-858-3691anna.celesta@saset.ca
CranbrookKtunaxa Nation Council YESJason Andrew250-489-2464jandrew@ktunaxa.org
DuncanCoast Salish Employment Training
Society (CSETS)
 Pam Sam250-746-0183pam.sam@csets.com
Fort St. JohnNorth East Native Advancing
Society (NENAS)
YESLisa Appaw250-785-0887lappaw@nenas.org
Gitlaxt'aamiksNisga'a Employment Skills Training
(NEST)
 Janice Angus250-633-2210janicea@nisgaa.net
KamloopsShuswap Nation Tribal Council   778-471-8200 
KelownaOkanagan Training Development
Council (OTDC)
YESKaren Abramsen250-769-1977karen@otdc.org
Mount CurrieLíľwat Nation  Mason Ducharme604-894-2300Mason.Ducharme@lilwat.ca
North VancouverMST Squamish Nation YESPaul Wick604-980-4553paul_wick@squamish.net
North VancouverMST Tsleil-Waututh Nation YESKirsten604-929-3454postsecondary@twnation.ca
Port AlberniNuu-chah-nulth Employment
Training Program (NETP)
 Marisa Bennet250-724-5757NETPManager@
nuuchahnulth.org
Prince GeorgePrince George Nechako Aboriginal
Employment Training Association
(PGNAETA)
 Arvida Marsden250-561-1199arvidam@pgnaeta.bc.ca
Prince RupertTribal Resources Investment
Corporation (TRICORP)
  250-624-3535 
SecheltShíshálh Nation  Taleetha Elliott604-885-9404telliott@secheltnation.net
SurreyAboriginal Training & Employment
Cooperative (ATEC)
YESRae Alcock778-395-0385ralcock@mnbc.ca
TsawwassenTsawwassen First Nation (TFN)  Terry Baird 604-948-5240tbaird@tsawwassen
firstnation.com
VancouverMST Musqueam Nation YESWinona Scott604-263-3261wscott@musqueam.bc.ca
West VancouverAboriginal Community Career
Employment Services Society
(ACCESS)
YESHelen Boyce604-922-4077hboyce@accessfutures.com
Williams LakeCariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training
Employment Center Society
  250-392-2510 
7 CitiesMétis Nation of British Columbia
(MNBC)
N/Asee list  

Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)

The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) has ISET funding to pay for skills training, similar to CAP.

The key difference is that NWAC is FOR WOMEN ONLY, all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit.

NWAC ISET (previously known as ASETS) program scope

NWAC ISET funding typically pays for:

  1. six month job trade skill courses, e.g. construction, plumbing, electrician, welding
  2. two year college diploma, e.g. practical nursing
  3. the last year of a university program, bachelor, masters, doctorate
  4. possibly high school upgrade GED

NWAC British Columbia affiliate: BC Native Women's Association (website)

Kamloops contact is: Crystal Philips, 250-554-4556, asetscoordinator@bcnwa.org

British Columbia Non-Status Indian Resources

These ISET funded groups are available to British Columbia Non-Status Indians.

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

British Columbia Métis Resources

Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC)

MNBC has an ISET training program, see: MNBC ISET

CityContactPhoneEmail
CranbrookSheena Desjarlais250-417-3305 sdesjarlais@mnbc.ca
Fort St. JohnLinda Dufresne250-787-1957 ldufresne@mnbc.ca
KamloopsSabrina Jones250-376-9263 sjones@mnbc.ca
NanaimoKathryn Poynter250-753-6271 kpoynter@mnbc.ca
Prince GeorgeKaren Erickson250-561-2754 kerickson@mnbc.ca
SurreyRae Alcock778-395-0385 ralcock@mnbc.ca
TerraceBrianna Gibson250-615-0035 bgibson@mnbc.ca

Other Métis Resources

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

British Columbia Inuit Resources

These ISET funded groups are available to British Columbia Inuit.

ITK has an education training program for all Inuit, see: ITK Amaujaq

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

British Columbia Student Aid (website)

You must live in British Columbia for 1 year to be eligible.

Benefits: (Maximums)

British Columbia Friendship Centers (Map)

Friendship Centers may have some funding in PSSSP from other government programs.

List of BC Friendship Centers

CityFriendship CenterContactPhoneEmail
Campbell RiverSasamans Society Sky250-914-2212reception@sasamans.ca
ChetwyndTansi Friendship Center Society Debbie250-788-2996employment@
tansifcs.com
CourtneyWachiay Friendship Center Society
Employment → WorkBC
Kathie Landry250-334-3119kathie@ceas.ca
Dawson CreekNawican Friendship Center Tara White250-782-5202nfcnc@nawican.ca
DuncanHiiye'yu Lelum (House of Friendship)
Society
Lucy Thomas250-748-2242lthomas@hofduncan.org
Fort NelsonFort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship
Society
Lovey250-774-2993jpc.fnafs@northwestel.net
Fort St. JohnFort St. John Friendship Society Jennifer Smith250-785-8566jennifer@fsjfs.ca
KamloopsKamloops Aboriginal Friendship
Center
Barry James250-376-1296barry.james@kafs.ca
KelownaKi-Low-Na Friendship Society Tina Larouche250-763-4905tlarouche@kfs.bc.ca
LillooetLillooet Friendship Center Society
Employment → WorkBC
Brittany McKay250-256-7758brittanym@lillooetes.ca
MerrittConayt Friendship Society Deanna Norgaard250-378-5107ed@conayt.com
MissionMission Friendship Center Society James Woyke604-826-1281james.woyke@saset.ca
NanaimoTillicum Lelum Aboriginal Society Cathy Harris250-753-8291careers02@tillicumlelum.ca
PentictonOoknakane Friendship Center Holly Legg250-490-3504pm@friendshipcentre.ca
Port AlberniPort Alberni Friendship Center Jeff Jeffries250-723-8281m.jeffries@
pafriendshipcenter.com
Port HardySacred Wolf Friendship Center
Society
Tracy Hamilton250-902-0552pdswfc@telus.net
Prince GeorgePrince George Native Friendship
Center
Cheryl250-564-3568selgie@pgnfc.com
Prince RupertFriendship House Association of
Prince Rupert
William Gye250-627-1717ep-coordinator@
friendshiphouse.ca
QuesnelQuesnel Tillicum Society Karima Beaucage250-992-8347karima.beaucage@
qnfc.bc.ca
SmithersDze L K'ant Friendship Center
Society
Luba Kasum250-847-5211employment.office@
dzelkant.com
SurreyFraser Region Aboriginal Friendship
Center Association
Louise Sallai604-595-1170louise.sallai@frafca.org
TerraceKermode Friendship Society Holly Harris250-635-4906hharris@
kermodefriendship.ca
VancouverVancouver Aboriginal Friendship
Center Society

Employment → ACCESS
Helen Boyce604-922-4077hboyce@accessfutures.com
VernonNorth Okanagan Friendship
Center Society
Coreen Bernier250-542-1247coreen.bernier@fnfc.ca
VictoriaVictoria Native Friendship Center Kalynka250-384-3211kalynka.c@vnfc.ca
Williams LakeCariboo Friendship Society Tamara Garreau250-398-6831tgarreau@cfswl.ca

British Columbia Other Programs

These programs are available for Indigenous of all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit.

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Updated: 2019/12/03