‘You name it, we will do what it takes to make it happen’
Jackie McKay · CBC News · Posted: Feb 28, 2023 2:00 AM MST | Last Updated: February 28
A lifelong dream is coming true for a member of Doig River First Nation as he starts his training as a helicopter pilot next week.
“I always thought it was always going to be out of reach for me,” said David Dominic.
Dominic said the thousands of dollars the training would cost put getting his licence out of reach, until his community stepped up to pay for it.
“It all just kind of seems surreal still to me at this point that this is actually coming to fruition because it’s been a lifelong goal of mine as long as I can remember,” said Dominic.
Doig River is a small community of about 340 people living on and off reserve, about 309 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C., but it is putting big financial backing behind its citizens to pursue education and employment training.
Doig River band manager Shona Nelson said last year alone the First Nation spent $400,000 on education and employment training.
“You name it, we will do what it takes to make it happen,” said Nelson.
Nelson said the community negotiated an agreement with the federal government for funding through the Indigenous Skills Employment Training Program that helps support their citizens, but also uses money from industry agreements and the band’s own revenue.
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