Learning and Training for Member Nations

As part of the Human Resources team, CSFS’ Training and Development team provides professional development opportunities to member Nations and individuals who want to learn new skills or improve their existing skills. 

Our goal is to support your ability to: 

  • Build credibility and confidence as you acquire new skills, and abilities to meet professional goals
  • Perform your current job at an optimal level by providing credentials, certifications and designations
  • Advance into new positions of interest, and increase your earning potential



Post-Secondary Programs


1. Bachelor of Social Work & Indigenous Human Services Program

We are currently not taking cohorts for the Bachelor of Social work (BSW) and Indigenous Human Services Program at NVIT until further notice. Contact Thomas Paterson for more information


Funding Opportunities


1. Post-Secondary Funding

Searching for funding for the school year? Here are a few list of available scholarships, awards and bursaries for Indigenous students in British Columbia


2024 Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards :Please be advised that the award opportunities in this document have deadlines that are approaching fast

University of Northern British Columbia: UNBC Awards and Financial Aid helps students obtain the funds necessary to support their UNBC education

College of New Caledonia :Funding options are available in the form of internal awards (awards provided by CNC), external awards (scholarships and bursaries), as well as federal and provincial government funding ministries

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology : Please go through the web page to find scholarships, awards and bursaries available to Indigenous students

University of British Columbia: UBC has dedicated scholarships, bursaries, and awards for Indigenous students.

BC Scholarship Society: Indigenous Awards available for students working towards earning an apprenticeship, trades training, certificate, diploma, undergraduate, Master’s or Doctoral degrees. Application Deadline is April 4, 2024.


2. Provincial Tuition Waiver Program for Youth in Care

This program waives tuition and eligible fees for B.C students who are current or former youth in care studying full- or part-time at the undergraduate level at a B.C. public post-secondary institution, the Native Education College, or one of the approved union-based trades training providers.

Learn more about the program


3. Stronger BC Future Skills Grant

The Provincial Government has a $3500 grant available to take certain programs through various post-secondary institutions. The grant will help learners access eligible short-term skills training to further their careers, upgrade their skills and enhance their productivity, giving them access to well-paid, high opportunity occupations.

Many of the programs can be taken virtually.  Click here to view the growing list of more than 400 programs.


Other Opportunities

Driving Lessons Support

CSFS supports community members to obtain their drivers licence.  We will support lessons and other supports through PG Driving School or Six Nations Driving School.  If you would like to get financial assistance for a class 5 or 4 licence, please contact Thomas Paterson or Amanda Hallmark.  Funds are generally used up each year, so contact us before making any arrangements with a driving school program.


Indigenous Entrepreneurs Training Opportunities

Northern Entrepreneurs Accessing Training (NEAT) is looking for Indigenous entrepreneurs in northern British Columbia who require training to grow their skillset. There are hundreds of topic-specific course options available. You can work at your own pace and access resources to help your business.

For more information or help registering, contact houston@contactnorthbc.ca or (236) 742-2040.

You can also visit www.neatcn.ca to learn more about the NEAT project


Canada Learning Bond

Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families. Eligible families receive up to $2000 in funding regardless of their own contribution amounts.

The Canada Learning Bond can also be applied for by a young adult between the ages of 18 and 21 (the day before they turn 21) and will be paid retroactively to their RESP for each year of eligibility.  

To learn more or to get help applying, visit Northern Promise website.


Nowh Guna' Cultural Competency Training

CSFS’ Nowh Guna' training provides basic information on Carrier culture, as well as information to develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to provide culturally competent services. External service providers are welcome to register. Learn more here.


Contact Information

For information or questions, please contact:

Thomas Paterson


(250) 617-2763


Staff Opportunities

CSFS staff members are encouraged to check the Professional Development Page on Sus Yah to explore learning opportunities. 

Last modified: Thursday 01-Feb-24 11:44:21 PST