EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Huu-ay-aht First Nations operates a “Paawats” program in Anacla, with plans to expand the program to the Alberni Valley.  Paawats is the word for “nest” in the Huu-ay-aht language, so the program is literally a “language nest”.  The Paawats program is unique in its delivery of the Nuu-chah-nulth language to the children; it is a multi-generational approach to cultural education and language learning and is family and community based. The program engages pre-school children, as well as their parents and community Elders. Of the twice weekly, three-hour sessions, one hour is led by an Elder speaking in the Huu-ay-aht dialect of the Nuu-chah-nulth language. Parents are also involved in the program. It is based on the principle that the best way to acquire a second language is the same way that children acquire a first language: immersion in a second language rich environment rather than the traditional teaching-learning situation. For more information, please contact us directly.

Resources for parents – The Serpent and the Eagle, by Trevor Little


KINDERGARTEN – GRADE 12

SCHOOL SUPPLY ALLOWANCE AND STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAMS 

 

Huu-ay-aht First Nations provides two programs to support families with school age children: School Supply Allowance and Student Recognition (attendance and honour roll).

Who is eligible?
• School Supply Allowance is provided for students entering Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 12.
• Student Recognition is provided for students who have completed Grades 1 through 12.

Why is HFN Education asking for report cards for attendance?
HFN encourages Huu-ay-aht children to attend school regularly. Regular attendance in school helps children keep up with their studies and peers, makes it easier to learn to read and can build a child’s confidence. Good attendance in school also sets the stage for the rest of their lives to do well in high school, college and at work.

How do we apply?
Forward a copy of the student’s final report card from the 2016/17 school year. Attendance, Honour Roll, and School Supply Allowance will be automatically calculated.

Entering Kindergarten in September 2017?
Simply submit a request and address confirmation form to receive a School Supply Allowance – no report card is required.

What is the School Supply Allowance?
Kindergarten & Grades 1 – 5 receive a $50 Staples gift card; Grades 6 -12 receive a $100 cheque. Please indicate if Staples Canada is not an option for you on your application and an alternate arrangement may be made for you.

What is the Student Recognition Program for Attendance and how is it calculated?
• Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ students completing Grade 1 through 12 are eligible to apply for attendance recognition at the end of every school year. Please submit attendance summary for entire academic year (September 2015 – June 2016).
• Recognition rate is based on grade level & attendance of 10 months and approximately 180 days of instruction in a school year.
Grades 1 through 9: $10.00 / month = $ 100.00
Grades 10 through 12: $20.00 /month = $ 200.00
• Students are permitted 15 days of absences for illness during the school year. If more than 15 absences are reported, the student may qualify for a reduced recognition amount. Students do not qualify for attendance recognition if they are absent for 35 or more days during the school year.
• Students in self-paced learning/home schooling do not qualify for the attendance recognition program.

What is the Student Recognition Program for Honour Roll and how is it calculated?
• HFN recognizes academic achievement for students who have completed Grades 4 through 12 with an overall GPA of at least 6.0 (a “B” average). Please submit all marks from the academic year (individual report cards or year-end summary of marks).
• This average is calculated using A = 7, B = 6, C+ = 5, etc. The total numbers of courses taken throughout the year are added together; the student is eligible for recognition if the average is above 6.
• Eligible students with a GPA of at least 6 for the year (summary of all report cards for the year) will be awarded Honour Roll recognition of $150.

When can we apply?
• Apply by September 30, 2017 to the Government Office to receive these benefits.

GET THE APPLICATION FORM HERE: 2017 Attendance and School Supplies Application (fillable PDF) or 2017 Attendance and School Supplies Application (Word)

If you have any Question/Concerns, please contact the Education Coordinator at the Port Alberni Huu-ay-aht Government Office. Forms may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and e-mailed

Graduation form for High School Completion (Dogwood/Adult Leaving/Adult Dogwood/Other)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ citizens who have completed graduation requirements (Dogwood Diploma, Leaving Certificate, Adult Dogwood, or the equivalent certification in the jurisdiction in which they live) are eligible to apply for financial recognition from the Nation. Please be sure to submit all the information required within 90 days of completion.


POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Huu-ay-aht government and administration recognize that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. Huu-ay-aht First Nations has some policies and programs that may assist in supporting the education of your children and family, or your personal learning journey. Huu-ay-aht can also try to assist you in accessing the resources available to you in your community and region.

Please contact the Secondary and Post-Secondary Education Administrator through the contact form, email sherri.c@huuayaht.org  or call 250.723.0100 x 221.

“ʔaayačiłaḥ ḥamat̓ap”                 A-ya-cheelth tlaḥ ḥa-ma-tup

“I know lots of things”

Post-Secondary Forms and Resources

Forms

Submit before March 31 to ensure consideration for September sponsorship.  However, applications are accepted at any time during the year. Application is available above as a fillable PDF or a Word document.

Resources

Training Program Sponsorship

The HFN Education department may sponsor a program for you to receive training, gain skills, and find employment. This may be a one-day program like a First Aid course or an Excel course for example, an H2S course, or something more extensive that builds your skills. HFN also looks for partners to support your training needs–employers or other training organisations. Please contact the Education Coordinator  (education@huuayaht.org /250.723.0100) with questions or to request an application. You can also download the application form here and scan or email it back to education@huuayaht.org.


RESOURCES FOR ABORIGINAL POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

BC Ministry of Advanced Education: This website has information and links to several different grant and scholarship options, and student planning resources.

Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society: “The BC Aboriginal Student Award was established in 2008 as part of the Provincial Government’s strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. Its purpose is to support Aboriginal people in securing post secondary education by reducing financial barriers. The Society administers the program in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 – $5,000 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post secondary education at B.C. public post-secondary institutions or Aboriginal-run institutions. Beginning in 2013, a special focus and additional funding will be made available for students pursuing Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The Aboriginal Teacher Education Award supports Aboriginal students enrolled in a teacher education program at a public post-secondary in British Columbia. Awards are $5,000 annually for a maximum of four years.”

Aboriginal Learning Links

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program

Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA)
This organization works with educational institutions in developing accreditation, etc. They may have information about funding language programs, or other options.

New Relationship Trust – Scholarships and Bursaries
“NRT Scholarships and Bursaries are available to First Nation students pursuing a post-secondary education from a recognized institution. Scholarships are awarded at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels. Bursaries are awarded to students pursuing trades certificates and diplomas.”

Indspire Institute
“Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards : Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal government. To date Indspire has awarded more than $50 million in scholarships and bursaries to over 14,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide. Thanks to the generosity of numerous corporate and government partners, Indspire disburses funds to Indigenous youth across Canada, covering all disciplines in four funding categories: Fine Arts, Oil and Gas and Trades and Technology, Health Careers and Post Secondary Education. Indspire is able to obtain and disburse this much-needed financial support by partnering and engaging some of Canada’s leading companies, public agencies, professional and labour groups who generously invest their resources toward realization of the potential of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. Visit our Scholarships and Bursary page to find out more information about how to apply for bursaries and scholarships.”

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
A searchable list of bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others.

Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)

This program helps adults demonstrating financial need who are enrolled in skills upgrading, education and training courses.It provides grants based on financial need to help with costs like tuition fees, books, supplies, transportation, and unsubsidized childcare costs.

UVIC-Aboriginal-Student-Transition-Handbook  PDF



Trades & Training

Who can I contact if I have employment and training related questions?

For more information about employment and training, you can reach Brent Ronning, Education, Trades and Employment Coordinator at brent.r@huuayaht.org or 250-723-0100 ext. 220.

How can the employment and training staff help me as a Huu-ay-aht citizen?

We offer:

  • Funding for clothing and equipment that is required to work
  • Support with resume and cover letter writing as well as interview readiness on a rolling, as-needed basis
  • Job placement support- let us know if you are on the job hunt so that we can let you know if employers come to us when they are recruiting
  • Targeted information about upcoming training and employment programs at employment agencies (like INEO, NETP, WorkBC) as well as colleges that may be a good fit for you.

What kinds of programs does Huu-ay-aht offer?

We offer a number of programs on a rotating basis including HFN resume writing and interview readiness workshops, driver’s education programs, youth empowerment workshops, and job shadowing and placement initiatives.  Stay tuned to the Huu-ay-aht Facebook page, newsletter, and website for updates!

What employment and training agencies exist in the Alberni Valley and Barkley Sound regions?

Alberni Valley Employment Centre: provides a range of employment services, including job search assistance, career counselling, and access to current job postings, computers, phones, fax and photocopier for job-search activities.

INEO Employment Services: provides a range of employment services including career/vocational counselling, job search support, and community support to youth and adults.

NETP: offers free employment services to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis living within Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

What employment and training agencies exist outside the Alberni Valley?

Vancouver and Lower Mainland

Vancouver and Lower Mainland

Resource Service Contact Information
ACCESS (Aboriginal Career Employment Services Society) Offers customized employment and training services for urban Aboriginal people.  Programs and services include:

· ACCESS Trades

· Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures

· Bladerunners

· Employment assistance services

· Summer student programs

For ease of access, offices are located across Metro Vancouver, including:

Surrey, New Westminster, the Downtown East Side, the Vancouver Friendship Centre and our Adminstration office and Trades office in West Vancouver

Phone: 604 251-7955

WorkBC Provides access to job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more.

 

There are over a dozen WorkBC centres across Metro Vancouver.  To find the office nearest you, visit:

http://bit.ly/1KZXrZj

Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) Assists trades students connect with employers in their field. Staff provide job hunting tips and can often help bridge connections with employers seeking skilled labourers. Address:
3636 East 4th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC
Phone:604-293-6591
Victoria and South Vancouver Island

Victoria and South Vancouver Island

Resource Service Contact Information
Coast Salish Employment and Training Society Offers customized employment and training services for Aboriginal people.
Services include:
· Bladerunners
· Employment assistance services
· Sponsorship for training that leads to employment
Address:
201-5462 Transcanada Hwy.
Duncan, BC
Phone:250-746-0183
Toll free:
1-888-811-3919
Victoria Native Friendship Centre · Sponsorship for training that leads to employment
· Employment assistance services
· Short term education and training programs
Address:
231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC  V8Z 1J6
Phone: 250.384.3211
John Howard Society · Bladerunners
· Community Employment Program for federally released inmates
Address:
2675 Bridge Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4Y4
Phone: 250-386-3428
WorkBC Provides access to job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more.

 

There are many WorkBC centres across the South Island.  To find the office nearest you, visit:

http://bit.ly/1KZXrZj

STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) Assists trades students connect with employers in their field. Staff provide job hunting tips and can often help bridge connections with employers seeking skilled labourers. Address:
1075 Alston Street
Victoria, BC V9A 3S6
Phone: 250-361-1607
Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island

Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island

Resource Service Contact Information
Coast Salish Employment and Training Society Offers customized employment and training services for Aboriginal people.
Services include:
· Bladerunners
· Employment assistance services
· Sponsorship for training that leads to employment
Address:
201-5462 Transcanada Hwy.
Duncan, BC
Phone: 250-746-0183
Toll free phone:
1-888-811-3919
STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) Assists trades students connect with employers in their field. Staff provide job hunting tips and can often help bridge connections with employers seeking skilled labourers. No local office, but regional representative available by phone.

Phone: 250-361-1607

Nanaimo Youth Services Society Offers customized employment and training services for unemployed disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-30.
Services include:
· Bladerunners
· Employment assistance services
Address:
290 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, BC
Phone: 250-754-1989
WorkBC Provides access to job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more.

 

There are many WorkBC centres across Nanaimo and region.  To find the office nearest you, visit:

http://bit.ly/1KZXrZj

Campbell River and North Vancouver Island

Campbell River and North Vancouver Island

Resource Service Contact Information
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society Offers customized employment and training services for Aboriginal people.
Services include:
· Wage subsidies
· Bladerunners
· Summer students
· Workshops
· Employment assistance services
South Office
Address:
1211 Cypress Street
Campbell River, BC
Phone: 250.286.3455North Office
Address:
331 Larch Street
Alert Bay, BC
Phone: 250.974.2908
WorkBC Provides access to job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more. There are a number of WorkBC centres across the North Island.  To find the office nearest you, visit:

http://bit.ly/1KZXrZj

Other Regions in Canada

Other Regions in Canada

Resource Service Contact information
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy Offers customized employment and training services for Aboriginal people across Canada To locate an ASETS office in your region, visit:

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/aboriginal/agreement_holders.page#bc

 

 

I am interested in working for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations government. What should I know about the hiring process?
Please refer to the following resource page for more information

Our Journeys, Our Stories:

Edward Johnson Jr: “Education is the key to our future”

One thought on “Education, Trades & Training

  1. The pdf version does not allow me to legiably print having a keyboard would be beneficial.
    For future.
    Filling form out on phone does not work.
    It’s like kindergarten printing and is horrible

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