About Us

Board of CCATEC Directors at the CCATEC Forum 2020

Board of Directors

Roger William

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

Pam Theodore

Vice-President
Nomination by:
Canim Lake Band - Tsq’escenemc
Tribal Affiliation:
Shuswap

Dolly Kershaw

Treasurer
Nomination by:
Ts’ilhqotin National Government
Tribal Affiliation:
Urban

Talia Baptiste

Secretary
Nomination by:
Alexis Creek First Nation - Tsideldel First Nation
Tribal Affiliation:
Chilcotin

Sheri Sellars

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

Grant Alphonse

Board Director
Nomination by:
Anaham - Tl'etinqox Government
Tribal Affiliation:
Chilcotin

Darlene Louie

Board Director
Nomination by:
Canoe Creek Band - Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
Tribal Affiliation:
Shuswap

Mabelene Leon

Board Director
Nomination by:
Ulkatcho First Nation
Tribal Affiliation:
Carrier

Heather McKenzie

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

CCATEC STAFF

Rhonda LaBelle

Executive Director
r.labelle@ccatec.com

Ext: 201

Annie Setah-William

Finance Worker
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Ext: 202

Janine Alphonse

Community Development Worker
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Ext: 203

Crystal Lulua

Community Development Worker
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Ext: 204

Julie Harry

Employment Coordinator
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Ext: 206

Vanessa Nielson

Administrative Assistant
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Ext: 205

Rebecca Grinder

Data Entry Clerk
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Ext: 207

John Fraser

BladesRunner Coordinator
j.fraser@ccatec.com

Ext: 208

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 (2019)

It is my pleasure to present CCATEC’s Annual Report for the fiscal year 2018 – 2019,
CCATEC has had a successful year delivering the Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), which did sunset on March 31, 2019. CCATEC signed the new Indigenous Skills Employment Training Strategy (ISETS) and entered into the agreement April 2019.

To enter into the ISETS, CCATEC had to undertake a Capacity Assessment and I’m pleased to advise that CCATEC was classified as Optimal Capacity which means: The Indigenous organization demonstrates an effective organization and operations, and sound practices on most aspects of its capacity”. The contract is for ten years with incremental funds for the duration of the contract.

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

It must be noted that the First Nations Inuit Child Care dollars (FNICC) are contracted for only two years. CCATEC has raised this concern to Employment and Social Development (ESDC). CCATEC had previously advised them that daycares are required on all reserves in our region!

This year CCATEC hosted our 1st Youth Conference. We took 60 youth to Kamloops and provided employment workshops, drivers training, a tour at TRU and entertainment. Overall the conference was a huge success, thank you to all who participated!

CCATEC has been very active to ensure the training budget is secured for our region; we attended National meetings with ESDC, the Technical Working Group at the Assembly of First Nations and the British Columbia Aboriginal Training Employment Alliance Member (BCATEAM) we continue to present the good work and success stories that our First Nations communities in the Cariboo Chilcotin region do.

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 334 jobs (full time, part time, self-employed and/or seasonal) and 103 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 Linda Dozie, Service Canada, for her support and guidance regarding the work we do.

Pam Theodore,
President

Message from The President (2020)

It is my pleasure to present CCATEC’s Annual Report for the fiscal year 2019 – 2020.
CCATEC has had a successful year 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.

It must be noted that the First Nations Inuit Child Care dollars (FNICC) are contracted for only two years. CCATEC has raised this concern to Employment and Social Development (ESDC). At the national level the Chiefs have submitted a resolution to support the ISETS to continue to deliver the FNICC dollars, locally. 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 is lobbying for local delivery of the FNICC budget.

We were able to access additional funds with First Nations Forestry for three clients training in the forest sector, Indigenous Skills Canada (ISC) for Pre-Employment and we cost shared the Job Fair with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

At year end the COVID 19 has hit all and CCATEC was able to continue support to the Daycares, Employment Assistant Services (EAS) and Individual clients. New polices are set in place to deal with social distancing, ongoing cleanliness to ensure safety of all employees and clients.

CCATEC has been very active to ensure the training budget is secured for our region; we attended National meetings with ESDC, the Technical Working Group at the Assembly of First Nations and the British Columbia Aboriginal Training Employment Alliance Member (BCATEAM) we continue to present the good work and success stories that our First Nations communities in the Cariboo Chilcotin region do.

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 247 jobs (full time, part time, self-employed and/or seasonal) and 81 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 Linda Dozie at ESDC for her support and guidance regarding the work we do.

Pam Theodore,
President

Our Constitution

Under our constitution CCATEC was established:

1

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;

2

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;

3

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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