Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Program in Whitler, #SLCCWhistler

Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Program starting this September

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler is now accepting applications for ten spaces for the Aboriginal Youth Ambassador (AYA) program. This twelve week paid training begins September 6, 2017.

The AYA is an immersive cultural and business program that teaches the foundations of business through the lens of a First Nations Museum.
To apply, you must meet the following qualifications:
• Between 16-30 years old
• Not receiving employment insurance
• Must be aboriginal
• Provide criminal record check
• Must enter workforce or education program post training

If you are interested in applying, please email human.resources@slcc.ca

AYA Program History & Funding

The AYA program has been going on for many years prior to the opening of the SLCC in 2008 and was operating out of educational institutes or tourism venues. Once the SLCC was created the AYA program had a permanent home to be able to train on the job skills in a working tourism venue focused on the Squamish and Lil’wat Peoples. 

AYA Training

Cultural Training & Work Experience 

AYA students participating in the program gain certification in WorldHost, First Aid, WHIMIS and Serving it Right. There are many other (uncertified) valuable skills the students will learn such as merchandising, cash handling, public speaking, retail merchandising,  intro to mechanical systems of SLCC, working with public and training sessions with cultural experts and elders.

The program also allows for students to get a chance to investigate other tourism venues to get a feel of other places they may want to work at in the future.

While learning new skills and having fun is key, we also work closely with WorkBC to ensure best opportunities for students to find job placements following the 12 week paid training program.

Cultural leaders, elders and council  members are asked to come in and share some personal stories of our people, this is done through art, song, story and interaction with the students to give them a better understanding of where they come from and it arms them with more knowledge while interacting with guests.

As the SLCC is located in Whistler – transportation is provided from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Pemberton & Mount Currie.

Students learning about merchandising and products at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler

Students learning about merchandising and products

Students learning about knife skills with Chef Li in the kitchen

Students learning about knife skills with Chef Li in the kitchen


WorldHost Training Services was launched as the SuperHost® program in 1985, offering customer service training for EXPO ’86 in BC, Canada. Since then, the program has expanded, evolved and rebranded to become the standard for customer service excellence in BC, as well as an internationally recognized leader in training for the tourism industry.

At WorldHost we provide affordable, relevant and quality customer service training solutions for front-line staff and managers. For individuals obtaining WorldHost certification, you gain the skills and confidence required to excel at customer service. For businesses choosing WorldHost training, your investment distinguishes your business with a competitive edge, and for organizations becoming a WorldHost delivery organization, you join a network of dedicated service providers that strive to enhance the experience of visitors to the province.

Food Safe Level 1 

A food handling, sanitation and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers such as cooks, servers, bussers, dishwashers, and deli workers. The course covers important food safety and worker safety information including foodborne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food, serving food, cleaning and sanitizing.


Canadian law requires that any person exposed to hazardous materials in the workplace must be trained in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Worksite Safety’s WHMIS Certification program has been developed to meet and exceed the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. This comprehensive course includes the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for chemicals (GHS) enacted in 2015, as well as WHMIS legislation introduced in 1988.

First Aid level 1 

The Workplace Emergency First Aid course is recognized by WorkSafe BC as equivalent to the OFA Level 1 program. This is an 8 hour course that teaches workers how to prevent, prepare and deal with the most common first-aid emergencies that can occur in the workplace.

Serving it Right 

Serving It Right is British Columbia’s mandatory self-study course that educates licensees, managers and servers about their legal responsibilities when serving alcohol, and provides effective techniques to prevent problems related to over-service

Work BC 

The Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) is available to all unemployed British Columbians who are seeking employment and are legally eligible to work in B.C. The program offers a range of services that support job seekers to find and maintain employment and to improve employment readiness.  As part of this program AYA’s receive high level support and learn how to create cover letters, resumes, and practice interview skills.

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in applying, please contact human.resources@slcc.ca

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