Indigenous Youth Ambassador Program

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler is now accepting applications for ten positions in the Indigenous Youth Ambassador (IYA) program. This twelve week paid training begins Thursday, November 7, 2018 and includes placement in the Food & Beverage, Retail, and Cultural Delivery departments.

The IYA program is an immersive cultural and business program that teaches the foundations of business through the lens of a First Nations Museum.

This program has its perks!

  • Transportation is provided from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Pemberton & Mount Currie
  • Certificate training is included for Food Safe Level 1, WHIMIS, First Aid Level 1, and Serving It Right
  • Off-site excursions to other cultural centres and adventure tourism attractions are included
  • Presentations are delivered by community knowledge keepers from both nations
  • Daily morning circle
  • Ability to discover, build and share your story

 

Interested in applying?

We welcome applications from indigenous youth with the following qualifications:

  • Ages 16 – 30
  • Not receiving employment insurance
  • Provide a vulnerable sector check
  • Provide a criminal record check, and
  • Must have the intention to enter the workforce or an education program post training

To apply please contact Allison Burns-Joseph, IYA Facilitator at 604.964.0994 or Allison.burns@slcc.ca.

_________________________

About the IYA Program

The Indigenous Youth Ambassador Program (formerly Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Program) is an immersive twelve-week cultural and business program that teaches the foundations of business through the lens of a First Nations Museum. We provide a safe environment for students to gain confidence and work experience in several industry sectors while discovering their personal aptitudes.

Certification Programs are provided in a safe environment for our students to gain access to First Aid Level 1; Food Safe Level 1; WHIMIS; Serving it Right.

Industry Sectors Introduction The Cultural Centre is proud to teach ambassadors world class tourism sector customer service skills. Over the twelve-week placement, ambassadors work in several departments to learn key skill sets such as point of sales operations, cash handling, public speaking, retail merchandising, food and beverage service, intro to mechanical and janitorial systems, story telling and performing arts.

Tourism Related Career Discover enables ambassadors to investigate other tourism venues through hosted off-site visits, where they sample different sub-sectors they may want to consider for future careers.

Professional Development involves oversight of resume building, job searching, professional workplace behavior, and interview skills. We work closely with WorkBC to ensure the best opportunities for ambassadors to find job placements following their twelve weeks paid training program.

Mentorship is provided by cultural leaders, elders, council members and cultural ambassador piers as they share personal stories and cultural protocol information; this is done through visual art, song, story and crafting. Interaction with the ambassadors gives them a better understanding of where they come from and it empowers them to speak confidently with guests visiting the Cultural Centre.

SLCC Revenue and Labour Support is in turn provided by students for departments once have been trained to handle daily business. This allows our Cultural Ambassadors and leaders time to work on special projects and tackle more in-depth work. The SLCC also benefits from trained staff once IYA students graduate, by providing a labour pool.

Positive Cultural Awareness for the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations is a result from training its members to be ambassadors for their culture and history. A base cultural knowledge is provided during the program through cultural experts, so that students learn how to represent and speak about their Nations effectively.

IYA Program History & Funding

The IYA program began prior to the opening of the Cultural Centre and operated out of regional educational institutions and tourism venues. Once the Cultural Centre opened in 2008, the IYA program had a permanent home to train on-the-job skills in a cultural tourism venue focused on sharing the two Nations’ histories, arts and cultures of the Squamish and Lil’wat Peoples. We put our hands up to Service Canada for continually supporting the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and sustaining this program.

SLCC Summer Brochure

Brochure

Click here to download our brochure where you’ll discover our Sea to Sky highway cultural Journey map.

Thunderbird Cafe

Thunderbird Café

Discover our unique style of modern First Nation’s cuisine such as bannock, salmon and venison. Visit the Thunderbird Café.

Gift Shop

Gallery & Gift Shop

Discover our unique selection of First Nations merchandise ranging from handcrafted works of art, to home accents, clothing and accessories, jewellery, pottery, baskets, books and souvenir merchandise. Visit the Gallery & Gift Shop.

Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Program in Whitler, #SLCCWhistler

#SLCCWhistler

#SLCCWhistler to be featured on our Instagram feed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
X