“Guiding Circles” comes to Haida Gwaii

  • Apr. 30, 2004 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Bobbi Parnell-In February, the Haida Gwaii Community Futures Career Development Centre was proud to bring to Haida Gwaii a Guiding Circles Train The Trainer Session.
“Guiding Circles: An Aboriginal Guide to Finding Career Paths” is a resource developed by The Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada, a national organization whose goal is to increase aboriginal participation in Canadian labour markets.
Guiding Circles is a self-exploration package that combines traditional teachings with sound contemporary career development exercises to arrive at a better understanding of one’s self in terms of possible career goals. Guiding Circles is a holistic approach that invites input from community members, parents, teachers, elders, peers, etc. to provide additional feedback toward an individual’s skills and goals to complete the career circle. It is applicable to all ages and cultures.
Attending this two-day training session held in Skidegate were 22 people from throughout Haida Gwaii. Local employment counsellors, as well as two from Prince Rupert, representatives from Old Massett Education Department, Skidegate Social Development Office, Community Futures Business Counselling and Loans, and 12 students from the NWCC Social Service Worker Certificate Program.
This training opportunity would not have been as successful without the financial support of the Gwaii Trust Society which not only contributed 50% of the overall cost for local participants, but also funded an Enhancement Program which the NWCC students could access to cover their portion of the fee.
Two participants of this training session are already applying their knowledge and skills within the community: Hope Setso facilitated a two-day Guiding Circles Workshop in Old Masset to 13 participants who are considering trades training. Another participant, Jana McLeod, will be working with students in Career and Personal Planning (CAPP) classes at G.M. Dawson Secondary School utilizing Guiding Circles. Keep up the great work!
We were fortunate to have such high quality training brought locally. Kathy Pick, Employment Counsellor, was key in bringing this training to Haida Gwaii. If you would like to benefit from Guiding Circles please contact the Career Development Centre for an appointment or we can direct you to other trained individuals.

Just Posted

Fat Tire Girls

Tough north-island duo braves river crossings and storm winds on cycling trek from Tlell to Tow Hill

Time is right for War of the Blink

New Haida manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas tells a war story that ends in the blink of an eye

Masset Magic: A Christmas Classic to remember

By Jana McLeod Here I am, a full hour before the column… Continue reading

Protest stops logging near Tlaa Gaa Aawtlaas

After a blockade organized by Old Massett Village Council, local loggers agreed… Continue reading

Queen Charlotte police seeking man wanted for assault

Queen Charlotte RCMP are asking for help finding a man wanted for… Continue reading

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Video: B.C. documentary features Okanagan ice climbing

First documentary for Penticton filmmaker captures elusive Okanagan ice climbing

David Emerson quits lumber talks as legal action begins

Former federal minister served as B.C. softwood trade point man

Singer of the Cranberries dead at 46

Her publicist says Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.

Toronto police say young girl made up story about hijab cutting

The investigation has been closed after 11-year-old girl claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man

Most Read