BC Rural & Remote Homelessness Partnering Strategy - 2024-25 Application Call
Mar 19, 2024

Accepting applications on behalf of the BC Rural & Remote Regional Advisory Board under the Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy Program.

Visit the BC Rural & Remote Ongoing Application Call page for more information and to access the application and application guide. 

September 19, 2022
Sep 15, 2022

On Monday September 19, 2022, PGNAETA will extend our condolences to the House of Windsor for the recent passing of their matriarch, Queen Elizabeth of England.  It is our custom to do so when we hear of the passing of matriarchs.

However, we will observe Monday September 19, 2022 in honor of Indigenous Matriarchs.  Those glorious women who have gone on before us and those who are still with us.  We will acknowledge the resilience of our Matriarchs and the fortitude they demonstrated as they stood their position on the hill and forged pathways for our future.  We will lift our hands up in remembrance and gratitude.  

Trades Access Program Announcement
Dec 14, 2021

16-week program to lead successful indigenous graduates to an apprenticeship as a construction craft worker.

PGNAETA Services
Aug 20, 2020

State of emergency extended to continue B.C.'s COVID-19 response

Summary of Publicly Available Information on Federal and Provincial COVID 19 Supports
May 4, 2020

Please note that there is a document titled 'Summary of Publicly Available Information on Federal and Provincial COVID-19 Supports' dated May 1, 2020.

This document is available on our FB page.

Mar 18, 2020

Update:  January 6, 2021

PGNAETA, in compliance with the recent extension of the COVID 19 community distancing will be observing all Federal and Provincial orders.  The recent state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on January 19, 2021. 
Update: April 1, 2020

PGNAETA, in compliance with the recent extension of the COVID 19 community distancing, will be observing all Federal and Provincial orders.

Our office will remain closed to the public until further notice.

If you would like to connect with a staff member, please email them directly.

Thank you. Take care and be safe.
Original Message: March 18, 2020

To: our Valued First Nations, Urban Aboriginal organizations, Industry Partners and citizens;

We hope that your communities and families are preparing to keep yourselves and your community safe in light of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

We too, are observing the recent developments of the COVID-19 situation and assure you the health and safety of our employees and our citizens who access our services is of paramount importance. It is our number one priority. The rapid growth of the crisis changes everything and will affect all aspects of service delivery to the public. We realize the uncertainty of how the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or the extent of it’s reach will impact our community in the next few months and we will observe all directives issued by the BC government health agencies.

At PGNAETA we work to serve our communities and citizens with health and safety at the forefront. Our team remains committed to working tirelessly to ensure ongoing training development with uninterrupted service.

Strategic Action:

In order to exercise the caution necessary to keep our people safe we have implemented the following measures:

Effective immediately our office at 198 Kingston Street in Prince George will be closed FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS to the public and may open thereafter with essential services only until further notice

Employees who are feeling unwell, suspect they’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or have recently travelled outside of Canada for more than 24 hours to self-isolate for 14 days and follow appropriate directions from their healthcare provider.

Implementing increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols at the office with necessary sanitization and safety products.

Following the guidance of major public health organizations, including The Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of BC and local health authorities.

Transferring all training programs currently underway to on-line learning through technology and hardware provided to each student.

The majority of PGNAETA staff will be working from home and contact information via e-mail addresses will be provided to their customers. This will not include home phone numbers or home addresses.

Continuing To Serve You:

Office closure: Our main office is closed for 14 days or until further notice. We are here and available to help with services or information as you need. Following the 14 days PGNAETA will continue to remain “open” in terms of answering phones, emails, etc. and providing information on applying for Employment Insurance. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

First Nations Service Agreements: Each nation will implement their own directive and policy governing their employment services or the projects they coordinate, to their community members.

Urban Aboriginal Service Agreements and Training Projects: Each urban organization will implement their own directive and policy governing their employment services to their clientele.

Upcoming events: As of today all events planned for this spring have been postponed. This will include the Spirit of Unity, the Industry and Trades event, the Early Learning Child Care cultural curriculum event and the launch of the Emotional Integrity webinars.

Training projects hosted by PGNAETA: On-line learning will be in place for the Women In Trades and the Piping Program following the 14 day closure. Alternative action will be taken to support the students of the Customer Care Program. For those who will be reverting to an on-line system, the system selected provides daily monitoring by PGNAETA staff to ensure each student is working through the curriculum. This will be supported with daily teleconferences hosted by the project coordinators to assist with study materials.

Training Projects purchased through other training agencies: projects hosted by Post Secondary institutes, urban aboriginal organizations and industry private trainers will follow the directive and policy of the training institute.

Individual Client applications: Citizens applying for supports may do so through our application forms which will be available through the PGNAETA website or the PGNAETA facebook page. This access is being developed and we appreciate your patience. We hope to have this operationalized within three – four weeks.

Given the nature of our services and the vulnerability of the clients we serve, we feel this is the responsible decision for the safety of our indigenous community and citizens. We hope you will understand and support our decision. We are taking the stance the caution and prevention is the best approach toward keeping the community safe for everyone.

To follow us on social media:
Facebook: PG Nechako Aboriginal Employment & Training Association
website: www.pgnaeta.bc.ca

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Take care everyone.

Kind regards,
Board of Directors and staff of PGNAETA







Funding For Trades Training Programs
Oct 18, 2017

First Nations Benefit From Funding For Trades Training Programs


Oct 11, 2017

Do you enjoy: working in teams, working in the bush, doing some math and are Physically fit and able to endure the rigours hours of full time fieldwork. Training Training Dates: October 30, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Canada's untapped Indigenous workforce worth $27.7B
Nov 25, 2016

Canada is missing out on a whopping $27.7 billion annually because of its "under-utilized" indigenous workforce, according to a new national report by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board.

The report says a huge economic gap exists between Canada's Indigenous and non-Indigenous population in terms of income, education and training.

"We had a look at that and said, 'If we were to close that gap between indigenous and mainstream Canadians, what would that amount to?'" said Dawn Madahbee Leach, vice-chair of the organization that gives recommendations to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

With Canada's aging population, and a fast-growing, young Indigenous population, Leach said now is the time to get Indigenous people trained up to fill that gap. 

"There's a lot of people retiring, the baby boomers," said Leach. "And the Indigenous population... we have a workforce ready and willing to come on board." 

The report was presented to the minister's office this week. 

The breakdown

The $27.7 billion figure is the estimated potential value of a fully-working, Indigenous workforce in Canada over the age of 15.

The report uses Statistics Canada's numbers for 2015.

First, the report takes the estimated number of Indigenous people with income, and looks at how much more money they'd make if their income matched that of Canada's non-Indigenous.

Nunavut has the highest average income gap at a hefty $52,000, followed by the N.W.T., with a gap of almost $30,000.

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The report assumes that this gap will be closed with more education and training for the Indigenous population. (The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board)

If all the income gaps are closed, the value of the Indigenous workforce would be around $8.5 billion a year.

The report assumes this gap will be closed with more education and training for the Indigenous population.

Next, the report looks at the impact of engaging the currently untapped Indigenous population.

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Looking at the impact of engaging the currently unemployed Indigenous population. (The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board)

It calculates the number of a new Indigenous working population by assuming the employment rate will match the non-Indigenous employment rate. If that happens, the newly working Indigenous population is worth $6.9 billion annually. 

The North has a potential of generating $1.2 billion from its currently "under-utilized" Indigenous labour force, according to the report.

The report also calculates a further $8.7 billion gain from eliminating the cost of poverty — from social assistance, health care to housing programs  — that is currently burdening the government.

All of that together, calculated with Canada's GDP indicators, creates the $27.7 billion figure in the report.

"This is about a 1.5 per cent boost in the country's GDP," says the report.

Calculations don't address infrastructure gap 

But the calculations don't consider the potential costs that would go into investing in educating and training hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people. 

And the cost will be massive, according to JP Gladu, the president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.


"We're chronically under-funded in our school systems," said Gladu. "The quality of education and infrastructure surrounding it is one of the biggest gaps in this country." 

Gladu said that building up the currently "subpar" infrastructure for Indigenous communities is necessary for closing the economic gap. An infrastructure deficit range of $50 and $570 billion exists in all of Canada, according to a 2013 report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 

"We're so far behind that it's going to take significant energy, time and resources to get caught up."- JP Gladu, President of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

"We're talking about schools, water, homes, energy. All of these things to grow sustainable young people in our communities," he said.

Some billions of dollars would go into closing the infrastructure gap, according to Gladu. 

"We're so far behind that it's going to take significant energy, time and resources to get caught up."


Create an action plan like Australia


Leach said that the government alone is not responsible for closing the gap. 

"We're calling upon corporate Canada. We're calling up agencies such as the health sectors... and educational institutions," said Leach.

Dawn Madahbee Leach

'We believe that full reconciliation can’t occur without economic parity,' says Dawn Madahbee Leach. (The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board)

The first concrete step, she suggests, is a concrete action plan that stems from recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

"We believe that full reconciliation can't occur without economic parity," said Leach.

She said Australia is a good example. Reconciliation Australia, a group dedicating to championing reconciliation action plans, set up plans and promotes them throughout the country. Their website shows a long list of corporations in Australia that developed a reconciliation strategy.


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