Homalco First Nation invests $196,308 WorkBC grant in forestry courses

Orford Bay, Bute Inlet. The Homalco First Nations has invested grant money it received from WorkBC to offer tuition-free forestry trades program for Indigenous students at North Island College. (Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours/ Facebook )

BINNY PAUL, LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER

Indigenous students can access a tuition-free forestry program at North College this fall, thanks to a WorkBC grant that was awarded to the Homalco First Nations.

The Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program starts on Oct. 5 and is being offered tuition-free to eligible students. It’s been made possible through a $196,308 grant offered by WorkBC’s Community Workforce Response Grant program.

This partnership between Homalco First Nation and North Island College will provide Indigenous students a first step into a wide range of entry-level forestry careers including assistant timber cruiser, compasser, forest field assistant, junior layout engineer and many more.

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