Community members interested in new work opportunities are encouraged to attend the Second Annual Job and Career Fair at Úll̓us on Tuesday, March 7.

Employers Looking to First Nations For Local Workforce
Job and Career Fair Attracts 45 Exhibitors and Employers

MOUNT CUFFIE, BC – Sto: lo Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training (SASET) and Lil’wat Nation are hosting their second annual Career and Job Fair today on Tuesday, March 7 at Líl̓wat Nation’s Ull’us Community Complex. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm and features 45 exhibitors, the majority of whom are local employers.

SASET, which provides employment and training services for Aboriginal people in the region, including citizens of Líl̓wat, Skatin, Samahquam, Xa’xsta and N̓Quatqua, hopes to build on the success of last year’s Job and Career Fair.

“Last year people got jobs, employers found skilled workers, and partnerships with the business resulted in community-based training. But this year, we want even more,” says Pat Larger, SASET supervisor.

Those connections are being built throughout the northern end of the Sea-to-Sky with employers in Whistler, Pemberton and Líl̓wat taking part in the event.

“This career fair is practical and hands-on, as so many local businesses are represented. Our aim is to build stronger communities together with First Nations and business in partnership,” says Graham Turner, manager of Líl̓wat Retail Operations, and president of the Pemberton and District Chamber of Commerce.

Skaúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson of Líl̓wat First Nation is pleased to once again host the Career and Job Fair on Líl̓wat territory.

“We welcome all First Nations people from the region to our Nation, to join us in meeting the business leaders in our territory. From students considering job and career paths, to work-ready women and men with resumes, and those who just want to explore their options, there is information for everyone,” says Chief Nelson, who notes that Lil’wat is also a major employer in the region. “Our Lil’wat Business Ventures have grown to employ our people, and provide careers for our families. Our businesses will be represented in force at the Job and Career Fair.”

Large is delighted by the nearly 50 per cent increase in exhibitors, many of whom participated last year.

“Last year we had 33 exhibitors, and this year we have 45 registered. Those exhibitors include small local employers, major employers like Whistler Blackcomb, large provincial companies, training providers, unions, and employment service agencies, all under one roof,” says Large. “It’s really one-stop shopping. “

“We are excited about the return of major employers like Whistler Blackcomb, and of course the local Chamber of Commerce representing so many smaller companies. And this year, we are also happy to have the Work BC Find Your Fit Tour, as they bring so many hands on tools to really help people envision new and exciting career opportunities.”