Aboriginal people

Explore your options and build your career using the websites and services on this page:

  • Pursue post-secondary education.
  • Get funding for your education.
  • Gain work experience and job skills.
  • Create or expand your own business.
Use BC's Career Guide for Aboriginal People to support your career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The Guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding support, and how to connect to employers.
 
Find your career direction, identify pathways to your goals and develop the skills and education you’ll need!
 

Explore A Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia. It lists many Aboriginal community-based services and organizations that can work with you on education, employment, business development and other goals. 

In addition to the tabs below, you can also visit the Youth page for additional tools and resources.

Career Exploration

Discover the world of careers in B.C., and learn about the pathways you can take to reach your goals.

  • Blueprint Builder – Build your own Blueprint and access B.C. resources to choose a career, access education and funding and find a job.
  • Career Compass – Take a career quiz, visit B.C. regions or browse careers to explore your options.
  • Career Trek – Discover inspiring careers with 95 original videos highlighting jobs throughout B.C.
  • WorkBC Career Profiles – Find details on jobs that could be perfect for you, including salary, duties, education and expected demand.
  • WorkBC Parents` Guide  Coach your teen to explore and decide on career and education with a guide full of practical ideas and resources.
  • Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Model Program  Find out about careers through videos featuring First Nations role models. A teacher resource book, a parent and student guide, and classroom posters are also available.
  • Health Careers Guidebook – Learn about dynamic B.C. health-care careers and the professionals who work in this field, in this First Nations Health Authority guidebook.
  • Aboriginal eMentoring BC – Start a fun Personal Quest to discover roles in the health care field and get support through online mentoring.

Education / Skills

Education opens doors to build your career and your community. Use the resources offered by the Ministry of Advanced Education to:

  • discover programs and services for Aboriginal learners.
  • get financial aid to support your studies.
  • find out about student services and campus Aboriginal gathering places.

Plan your post-secondary journey with Aboriginal Learning Links. You’ll find resources for choosing and paying for your post-secondary education, as well as information on on-campus services, child care and housing.

If you need funding for your post-secondary studies, explore the financial services section of the Ministry of Advanced Education Aboriginal student resources page.

And check out Indspire, a national Indigenous-led registered charity that offers bursaries, scholarships and support for Indigenous people.

For a complete list of programs, review the British Columbia Aboriginal Skills Training Programs Inventory. It lists all of B.C.’s skills training programs from provincial and federal governments and industry.

Find a Job

The Employment Program of BC provides support for people looking for jobs. You may be able to take part in the B.C. Employment Program and programs from Aboriginal organizations at the same time if the services don’t overlap. Call or visit your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre. Use our interactive map to find a WorkBC Centre in your area.

Use WorkBC Job Search to search thousands of job postings throughout B.C. by industry, salary, region and more.

Check out programs that are available to expand your work experience and skills:

  • Aboriginal Youth Internship Program – Build your professional and leadership skills while you experience a career in government.
  • Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) – Learn about work experience, skills training and access to high-demand jobs. Find a service provider in B.C.
  • Education and Training for Aboriginal Peoples – Find Government of Canada programs for gaining experience through internship, summer employment and other work/training opportunities.
  • Find Jobs – Learn skills that will help you draw attention in the job market: write a resume that stands out; ace your interviews; boost your networking skills; and tap social media in your job search.

Start a Business

Are you interested in starting or running a business? Grow your business skills with the programs and services featured in British Columbia’s Aboriginal Small Business Resources guide.
 
The guide presents resources to support you through all aspects of business start-up and growth. You’ll find a quick reference guide for an overview of the start-up process, from initial planning to marketing your business.
 
Use the guide’s visual key to find the resources you need, whether advisory services, skills training, financing and loans, or mentorship support. Most of the organizations listed provide a range of services.

Success Stories

Check out the successes of Aboriginal people in employment and business.

  • Janitor: Grant - Learn how Grant found a rewarding career through an Aboriginal employment program, and see how the program helped him find success.
  • Vineyard Manager: Sam – Tour a vineyard with Sam Baptiste and learn how he prepared for his career.
  • Heavy Equipment Operator: Devin  – Watch Devin, a graduate of Aboriginal People in Trades, as he talks about the skills he learned and his plans for his future.
  • Law student: Leah – Learn why Leah moved from being the first woman Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation to joining the legal profession.
  • Theatre designer: Vanessa – Read how Vanessa’s flair for costume design led her to explore the production side of show business.
  • Educator: Rupert – Read about Rupert’s time at UBC as he describes the challenges, laughs, tears and successes of his path in the field of education.
  • Fashion Designer: Andrea – Check out the award-winning business of a B.C.-trained designer of wedding and grad dresses.
  • BC Aboriginal Business Awards – Discover B.C. Aboriginal business talent through a variety of video stories.

Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Models Videos

We thank the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) for allowing us to share these videos.