Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society is designed to stimulate and support innovative labour market initiatives.  Human resource development is an integral aspect of Aboriginal self-determination and capacity building.

Aboriginal peoples living off reserve in British Columbia face special issues and have special and unique needs.  Over the past several years, the need for dedicated funding to the growing urban Aboriginal population became increasingly evident.  In 1999, the federal government though Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) announced that it would be awarding labour market development funds to several urban regions in British Columbia under a five (5) year agreement‚ this included the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). 

The GVRD is comprised of 21 member municipalities and one electoral area:  Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Electoral Area A, Langley City, Langley Township, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock.

The decision of the urban groups to work cooperatively underlines the common purpose of ensuring that the needs of the urban populations be managed by those organizations who are most familiar with and who best represent the Aboriginal peoples of the region. Partnership driven in spirit and in practice the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society is now guided by a group of six Aboriginal service delivery organizations in the GVRD that oversee the implementation of the initiative and ensure that the principles, standards and values of the Agreement are adhered to.


What We Do

ACCESS offers customized employment and training services designed specifically to provide members of the Lower Mainland urban Aboriginal community with the education and skills to compete equally and effectively in today’s job market. ACCESS and its partners programs for this fiscal year were the CORE Construction Program, the Aboriginal Piping Program, First Aid Level-3 Training, and a unique partnership with Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation for Aboriginal entrepreneurs, and many more as determined by industry need and a client’s career path.

ACCESS delivers an assortment of training, counseling, support and financial services designed to help members of the urban Aboriginal community overcome employment barriers that may stand in the way of success and self-sufficiency.

Financial assistance is provided for short-term, long-term and/or project based training with selected educational partners and agencies. Some examples of short-term and ACCESS' funded training programs has included Banquet Server Training at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Helping Spirit Lodge Society's Choices Pre-employment Bridging Program for Women, BladeRunners. ACCESS also provides funding for projects, programs and apprenticeships that provide practical, hands-on training, and/or work experience. Aboriginal youth are a major focus of these initiatives.




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