About Us

Board of CCATEC Directors at the CCATEC Strategic Planning Session 2022

Board of Directors

Roger William

President (Chair)
Nomination by:
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government
Tribal Affiliation:

Pam Theodore

Nomination by:
Canim Lake Band 
Tribal Affiliation:

Dolly Kershaw

Nomination by:
Ts’ilhqotin National Government
Tribal Affiliation:

Darlene Louie

Nomination by:
Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation Canoe Creek Band 
Tribal Affiliation:

Sheri Sellars

Board Director
Nomination by:
 Xatśūll First Nation
Soda Creek Band 
Tribal Affiliation:

Melanie Johnny

Board Director
Nomination by:
 Tl'etinqox Government
Tribal Affiliation:

Talia Baptiste

Board Director
Nomination by:
Tsideldel First Nation
Alexis Creek First Nation
Tribal Affiliation:

Mabelene Leon

Board Director
Nomination by:
Ulkatcho First Nation
Tribal Affiliation:

Heather McKenzie

Board Director
Nomination by:
Williams Lake First Nation - T'exelc
Tribal Affiliation:


Annie Setah-William

Executive Director

Ext: 201

Crystal Myers

Finance Worker

Ext: 204

Janine Alphonse

Community Development Worker

Ext: 203

Julie Harry

Community Development Worker

Ext: 206

Vanessa Nielson

Administrative Assistant

Ext: 205

Rebecca Grinder

Data Entry Clerk

Ext: 207

History: Who Are We?

CCATEC is a registered non-profit society, incorporated March 27, 1996. A Board of Directors, consisting of ten members, controls CCATEC. The communities and agencies that we serve nominate the members. In selecting the board members factors, such as tribal affiliation, gender balance, skills and knowledge, are considered. CCATEC strives for representation from the three tribal groups (Shuswap, Chilcotin & Carrier), as well as representation from off reserve organizations i.e. Friendship Centres in Williams Lake and Quesnel.

CCATEC evolved from the “One Window Concept” introduced by the BC Canada Employment Center (now called Service Canada/Human Resources Skills Development Canada) in the early 80’s. In the 80’s CEC wanted to ensure that First Nations had input into the training programs being delivered to First Nations populations. District Advisory Boards were formed. The role of these boards was to give advice to the Canada Employment Center on the approval of training and employment projects as applied for by First Nations communities. The role of the First Nations on these boards was purely advice. The final decision to fund projects rested with the government department.

In the late 80’s the rest of Canada decided to take a look at how BC worked with their First Nations. After the BC review, it was decided to take the BC experience and adapt it into a federal initiative. The initiative that resulted was called “Pathways to Success” and it received funding for five years and ended in March 1996.

Under the Pathways initiative the First Nations District Advisory Boards (DAB) had the option to become Aboriginal Management Boards and start developing the capacity to take on the delivery and management of CEC programs.

In 1993 the Cariboo Chilcotin District Advisory Board opted to become an Aboriginal Management Board. They incorporated as a society in September 1993, under the name of Interior Nations Training Society. They operated until March 1996, at which time the Pathways to Success initiative was replaced by the National Framework/Regional Bilateral Agreement.

The Minster of Human Resources Canada signed three National Framework Agreements with national leaders of the three First Nations groups (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) as recognized under the Canadian Constitution.

The National Framework Agreements were negotiated for a three-year period, starting April 01, 1996 and expiring March 31, 1999. These agreements provided First Nations with the flexibility to develop and deliver HRCC like programs and services to First Nations.

Each province in Canada was required to negotiate directly with HRDC and enter into a Regional Bilateral Agreement. In BC the office of the Vice-Chief of the Assembly of First Nations coordinated the BC negotiations.

HRDC offered the right to develop and administer programs to First Nations, by First Nations, but refused to provide the Operation and Maintenance budget to support the development of the First Nations organizations that would be required to facilitate the delivery of programs.

The first Nations of the Cariboo Chilcotin directed the establishment of a central office for administration and CCATEC was established.

The first year of the new initative went by with no formal agreement reached between HRDC and BC First Nations. The Regional Bilateral Agreements in BC were not signed until June 1997.

During this period CCATEC operated under an interim agreement and provided training and employment services to our area First Nations under a Coordinating Group contract. The Aboriginal Training Unit in Prince George had the responsibility for continuation of programs and services to the First Nations of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

The Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreements (AHRDA) replaced the Regional Bilateral Agreements. The AHDRA had a five-year window, starting in April 1999 and expiring in March 2004. The agreement was renewed in 2004 and targeted to expire March 2009 but received a one-year extension.

The Assembly of First Nations again signed off the AHRDA at the National and Provincial Level. Under these agreements AHRDA holders, such as CCATEC, took on additional program delivery responsibilities for Youth, Disabled programs.

The AHRDA agreement targeted to sunset March 2010 received another three- and six-month extension. CCATEC opted for a three-month extension to end June 30, 2010.

The new agreement “Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy” (ASETS) was approved with a start date of July 01, 2010 and expiring March 31, 2015. The key elements to this agreement are employer engagement, partnerships, and accountability for improved results. The ASETS was extended and did sunset March 31, 2018.

The Indigenous Skills Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) began April 2019 and will sunset March 2029. The new 10-year agreement will work towards reducing employment, skills and earning gaps between Indigenous and non-indigenous citizens.

Message from The President (2021)


It is my pleasure to present CCATEC’s Annual Report for the fiscal year 2020 – 2021. CCATEC is in our second year of delivering the Indigenous Skills Employment Training Strategy (ISETS), the new ten-year agreement with Employment Skills Development Canada (ESDC).

The objective of the ISETS is to pursue training for employment and long-term careers. To close the employment gap and employment earning between First Nations (FN) and non-indigenous peoples and to support and enhance capacity of FN service delivery organizations.

CCATEC has had a challenging year with COVID 19 impacting our programs and services.
We did close our doors to the public like many others as we all tried to stop the spread of COVID 19, as we all dealt with the world pandemic. Even though our doors were locked our programs and services did not halt. CCATEC staff conducted business via the internet, telephone and learned quickly about Zoom meeting. Contracting was done via, internet, fax and drop offs at the office.

We were still able to access additional funds with Indigenous Skills Canada (ISC) for Pre-Employment, targeting social assistance client for five First Nations. We also accessed funds from the First Nations Forestry for one client training in forestry management.

Our challenge continues with the First Nations Inuit Child Care dollars (FNICC) as we did receive an amendment for one year yet the rest of Canada were provided a two-year contract. CCATEC has raised this concern to Employment and Social Development (ESDC) and we have asked repeatedly for a devolution process however have not yet received. The national Chiefs have submitted a resolution to support the ISETS to continue delivering the FNICC dollars and all six of our Chiefs have provided support letters. It must be noted that CCATEC does not take administration on this file and we are concerned that a new delivery agent will charge administration with less dollars going directly to the daycares on reserve. CCATEC continues to lobby for local delivery of the FNICC budget.

CCATEC Board of Directors continue to work efficiently to ensure the funds are spent in a fair and open process for the First Nations communities and individuals within our service delivery area. I’m pleased to report that we were able to secure 174 jobs (full time, part time, self-employed and/or seasonal) and 112 of our clients did return to school.

A special thank you must go out to our communities and program users as our combined efforts and partnering have improved the future for many people within our communities.

Thank you to Shalma Ali and Linda Dozie at ESDC for their support and guidance regarding the work we

Roger William

Our Constitution

Under our constitution CCATEC was established:


To identify, develop, implement and assist, where possible, with the attainment of employment, training and education programs responsive to the current and future requirements of Aboriginal people, Aboriginal bands, Aboriginal organizations and Aboriginal individuals;


To coordinate and liaise with Aboriginal people, Aboriginal bands, Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal individuals, and with all levels and branches of governments in Canada, and to access and attain maximum utilization of all funding sources available to achieve the purposes of the Society;


To offer funding to First Nations organizations and individuals that will help them attain training or employment skills to gain employment or to keep their skills updated to prevent job loss.

BC First Nations ISETS

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