Osoyoos Indian Band
Osoyoos Indian Band Employment and Training Department has had a very successful and productive 2016/2017 year. In partnership with Okanagan Training and Development Council, individuals have been trained in numerous areas and then have moved on to full time employment. The current unemployment rate is 3%.
Trenton G. has successfully completed his first year of the Human Kinetics Diploma Program. He will move on to his second and final year in Sept 2017, after completion he will have gained a solid foundation of introductory study in the art of human movement. He has and will continue to learn principles, theories and practices in areas of health and wellness sport sociology, sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. With these numerous skills and gained knowledge Trenton will be qualified and be able to gain employment as personal trainer, community health worker, or fitness worker.
Okanagan Correctional Centre Training and Employment
The Okanagan Corrections Centre opened in January 2017 on the Osoyoos Indian Band Reserve. Alanea H. has completed her culinary level 1 Certification and is in process of completing level 2. She is employed as the lead cook and will continue to work toward her Red Seal Certification. Kxansuluxw H. has his level 1 & 2 culinary training and is also employed full time as a lead cook.
Nsylixcen Language and Okanagan Studies
Roger H. has successfully completed the Nsylixcen Language and Okanagan Studies program at the Enowkin Centre. Roger’s goal was to become employed at the Correctional Centre as the Aboriginal Spiritual and Cultural Advisor. His studies began in Sept 2016, and through determination and dedication he completed in April 2017.
Upon his completion he has been employed full time as the Aboriginal Spiritual and Cultural Advisor; in which he assists with all inmates at the Okanagan Correctional Centre with their Aboriginal, Spiritual and Cultural needs. The ASCA is a respected member of the home community who assists and guides inmates to follow the “Red Path” using teachings from his home community.
The Osoyoos Indian Band employment department is dedicated in assisting all band members and community members to gain employment. We host an annual job fair in collaboration with Open Door Group, in order for individuals to connect with employers throughout the Okanagan. This year we had 30 employers attend.
Youth are our future and it is crucial for them to gain the experience and employability skills they need in order to be successful in the labor force. Every summer we are dedicated in providing youth with summer employment and offer wage subsidy to the employers. Nk’Mip Canyon Golf Course employed 4 students this year and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre employed 3 students under the summer student program. Thank you to these businesses for giving our youth a chance at growth and to experience the labor force...
Read our entire annual report in the: OTDC Annual Report 2016/17