In 2009, the Nazko First Nation partnered with a local Quesnel-based silviculture contractor, Blue Collar Silviculture, to provide this innovative program to Nazko youth. The project has been designed to give the First Nations youth in the region a better understanding of the forest industry and this project is providing a basis for future partnerships and economic opportunities between First Nations groups and the forest industry.
The project is also designed to contribute to the establishment of a skilled workforce through the growth and development of First Nations youth providing them with the neccesarry tools to undertake and expand upon new and existing initiatives in their own communities.
The benefits will be the training of First Nations youth not only in developing forest related skills but also in life skills that will assist them with future employment opportunities. Primarily, this project hasl created opportunities that increase the participation of First Nations people and their communities in the regional and provincial economy.
This project is an excellent example of building capacity within local communities and working with forest resource companies to develop a pool of skilled workers within First Nations communities throughout central and northern British Columbia. This project initiative has prepared First Nations youth to enter the workforce in various capacities as this program has provided them with the necessary skill set to be productive in an increasingly competitive and diverse workforce.