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Burns Lake’s job fair attracts big companies

The event offered valuable networking opportunities for locals.

Over 300 people attended the The Nis Tsed’ilh (We Are Moving Forward) job fair at the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena in Burns Lake.

The two-day event provided participants with engaging opportunities for experiential learning, job preparation and networking.

Approximately 40 local and regional employers – including big companies such as Chevron Canada and Canfor – sent representatives to the event. Participants were encouraged to ask questions, broaden their knowledge of the marketplace and introduce themselves to potential employers.

Shannon Haizimsque, Chief Operating Officer for the Yinka Dene Economic Development – a corporate business arm for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation-, said the event was a success.

“We got every single one of our booths filled,” she said.

The event also included a free resume review and the presence of motivational speaker Tom Morris – author of 21 motivational books.

The job fair was organized by four First Nations communities – Burns Lake Band, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Nee Tahi Buhn and Skin Tyee Nation.

The job fair is connected to B.C.’s skills for jobs blueprint, an initiative to maximize the potential of the existing workforce and the workforce of the future. Key outcomes include engaging with Aboriginal youth, creating LNG opportunities for Aboriginal people and funding for community-based skills training.