Learn & Develop


Our programs are designed with the goals to remove barriers with training, and to enhance the employability of Lax Kw’alaams members across a range of sectors.

From adult education upgrades and trades training, to entrepreneurship training and gas plant operators, the opportunities available to our members are wide ranging.

In 2016/2017 Lax Kw’alaams Business Development entered into a three-year agreement with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation to fund education, training & employment initiatives for the Lax Kw’alaams membership. Our primary focus is to help members become more employable through workforce certifications, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training, with the goal of being able to obtain real jobs that exist today throughout the region.

Looking for training opportunities? Visit employment.laxkwalaams.ca.

For more information on training initiatives, funding, or available resources please contact Carl Sampson at 250-627-5733, or via email at [email protected].

“I’m happy that Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla formed CTNCA with IDL. I completed my Heavy Equipment Operator course 4 years ago and I’m finally getting seat time. I want to pursue a career as an operator because it will benefit the future for me and my family.” – Glen Wesley, Heavy Equipment Operator

“I’m grateful for the job because I needed experience. I was looking for office jobs for a while before I found this opportunity.” – Chelsey Wesley, Project Administrator

“I’ve been doing labour work for the last 7 years even though I took the heavy equipment course 5 years ago. This alliance makes it possible to finally get some equipment time.” – Alina Wesley, Heavy Equipment Operator

“I’m thankful to be working close to home and seeing my kids every day.” – Leanne Hughes, Heavy Equipment Operator

“I’m getting machine time close to home, I’m happy with what I’m getting and the hours are good. It’s much better than going to work in Alberta.” – Gary Sankey, Heavy Equipment Operator

“I was hoping to get an operator job for a while now. This is what I went to school for and it’s finally nice to get seat time. It’s nice job security to provide for my family.” – Vernon Alexcee, Heavy Equipment Operator

“Great to finally get some machine time. It’s a jump-start to get going finally and makes my life easier for my girlfriend and daughter and I.” – Marvin Sampson, Heavy Equipment Operator