Our Purpose: What do we do?
Under our constitution CCATEC was established to:
- Identify, develop, implement and assist, where possible, with the attainment of employment, training and education programs responsive to the current and future requirements of Aboriginal people, Aboriginal bands, Aboriginal organizations and Aboriginal individuals.
- Coordinate and liaise with Aboriginal people, Aboriginal bands, Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal individuals, and with all levels and branches of governments in Canada, and to access and attain maximum utilization of all funding sources available to achieve the purposes of the Society.
- Offer funding to First Nations organizations and individuals that will help them attain training or employment skills to gain employment or to keep their skills updated to prevent job loss.
- Provide Aboriginal Labour Market Programs to the fifteen bands.
See our CCATEC 2007 Powerpoint Presentation
Authority: Why do we do it?
The First Nations of the Cariboo Chilcotin directed the establishment of a central office for the administration of the AHRDA/ASETS.
Duration: When do we do it?
The current ASETS (Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy) Contract term is from July 01, 2010 to March 31, 2015.
Structure: How do we do it?
Board of Directors
Seven Staff members
Programs and Services
The Directors Roles:
Directors of the Board are responsible for:
- ensuring that the terms of the ASETS contract are met and that the requirements of being registered as a non-profit society are maintained
- playing a role in setting the policies for program/service delivery and administration of the society
- ensuring that everything the Society does is legal
- ensuring that moneys are expended as per ASETS contracted activities
- assisting in the identification of the training needs of the communities
- setting short and long term visions for the Society
- making suggestions and recommendations on the approval of training proposals as submitted by the First Nations of the Cariboo Chilcotin
- attending all meetings of the Board of Directors
History: Who are we?
CCATEC is a registered non-profit society, incorporated March 27, 1996. A Board of Directors, consisting of ten members, controls CCATEC. The communities and agencies that we serve nominate the members. In selecting the board members factors, such as tribal affiliation, gender balance, skills and knowledge, are considered. CCATEC strives for representation from the three tribal groups (Shuswap, Chilcotin & Carrier), as well as representation from off reserve organizations i.e. Friendship Centres in Williams Lake and Quesnel.
CCATEC evolved from the “One Window Concept” introduced by the BC Canada Employment Center (now called Service Canada/Human Resources Skills Development Canada) in the early 80’s. In the 80’s CEC wanted to ensure that First Nations had input into the training programs being delivered to First Nations populations. District Advisory Boards were formed. The role of these boards was to give advice to the Canada Employment Center on the approval of training and employment projects as applied for by First Nations communities. The role of the First Nations on these boards was purely advice. The final decision to fund projects rested with the government department.
In the late 80’s the rest of Canada decided to take a look at how BC worked with their First Nations. After the BC review, it was decided to take the BC experience and adapt it into a federal initiative. The initiative that resulted was called “Pathways to Success” and it received funding for five years and ended in March 1996.
Under the Pathways initiative the First Nations District Advisory Boards (DAB) had the option to become Aboriginal Management Boards and start developing the capacity to take on the delivery and management of CEC programs.
In 1993 the Cariboo Chilcotin District Advisory Board opted to become an Aboriginal Management Board. They incorporated as a society in September 1993, under the name of Interior Nations Training Society. They operated until March 1996, at which time the Pathways to Success initiative was replaced by the National Framework/Regional Bilateral Agreement.
The Minster of Human Resources Canada signed three National Framework Agreements with national leaders of the three First Nations groups (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) as recognized under the Canadian Constitution.
The National Framework Agreements were negotiated for a three-year period, starting April 01, 1996 and expiring March 31, 1999. These agreements provided First Nations with the flexibility to develop and deliver HRCC like programs and services to First Nations.
Each province in Canada was required to negotiate directly with HRDC and enter into a Regional Bilateral Agreement. In BC the office of the Vice-Chief of the Assembly of First Nations coordinated the BC negotiations.
HRDC offered the right to develop and administer programs to First Nations, by First Nations, but refused to provide the Operation and Maintenance budget to support the development of the First Nations organizations that would be required to facilitate the delivery of programs.
Therefore, the first year of the new initiative went by with no formal agreement reached between HRDC and BC First Nations. The Regional Bilateral Agreements in BC were not signed until June 1997.
During this period CCATEC operated under an interim agreement and provided training and employment services to our area First Nations under a Coordinating Group contract. The Aboriginal Training Unit in Prince George had the responsibility for continuation of programs and services to the First Nations of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
The Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreements (AHRDA) replaced the Regional Bilateral Agreements. The AHDRA had a five-year window, starting in April 1999 and expiring in March 2004. The agreement was renewed in 2004 and targeted to expire March 2009 but received a one year extension.
The Assembly of First Nations again signed off the AHRDA at the National and Provincial Level. Under these agreements AHRDA holders, such as CCATEC, took on additional program delivery responsibilities for Youth, Disabled, and Federal Child Care programs.
The AHRDA agreement targeted to sunset March 2010 received another three and six month extension. CCATEC opted for a three month extension to end June 30, 2010.
The new agreement “Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy” (ASETS) was approved with a start date of July 01, 2010 and expiring March 31, 2015. The key elements to this agreement are employer engagement, partnerships, and accountability for improved results.