Goal 1

To maintain and formalize existing partnerships by

  • Creating demand-driven and cost- sharing opportunities
  • Continuing to develop partnerships with training service providers and local employers
  • First Nations organizations, and government and non-governmental organizations.

Goal 2

Partnerships that will assist WTCI Community Members to prepare for

  • Acquiring and maintaining successful employment.
  • Provide demand-driven education opportunity
  • Training and employment opportunity
  • Increase skill levels of WTCI Community Members
  • Reduce skills and earning Gap

Goal 3

Meet & Improve our Outcomes & Key Performance Measures

  • To ensure that the program, services, operations and activities are transparent and accountable to the clients and the community it serves by closing the gap

Natasha Sacobie: ESC provides a success story below.

Artist in Residence for 3 weeks at the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Received the “Heather Stone Emerging Artist Award at the 2023 Craft East Buyers Expo in Halifax on February 11, 2023

Keeping the traditional art practices of the Maliseet people alive

Natasha Sacobie is an artist from the Maliseet community of Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick. Her dream was to improve her creative abilities through understanding Wabanaki practices and learning traditional art. A staff member of the Wolastoqey Tribal Council (WTC) encouraged Natasha to develop her skills. She enrolled in the 2-year Wabanaki Visual Arts Program offered through the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

The WTC is one of over 110 Indigenous organizations delivering the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Skills and Employment Training program across Canada. Organizations like the WTC deliver job-training services to Indigenous people in their communities.

Natasha had to learn to manage work and school at the same time. For many artists it is hard to create when the desire is not there, but she kept going. “There were many sleepless nights creating until the sun came up and then I had to be in class for 9 a.m.!”

Natasha graduated from the Wabanaki Visual Arts program with distinct honours in June 2022. She got a residency with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and this opened many doors for her. Recently, she received the Heather Stone, Emerging Artist of 2023 Award. Her words of advice for others, “If you have the motivation and drive, then you are limitless when it comes to manifesting your goals and dreams”

Shelly Sabattis – Bilijk – 2022 Career Development Practitioner Achievement Award

Wolastoqey Tribal Council Inc. would like to congratulate Shelly Sabattis on being selected as a recipient of New Brunswick Career Development Association’s 2022 Career Development Practitioner Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of career development.

Shelly is our Employment and Training Officer (ETO) for Bilijk (Kingsclear) First Nation. She has worked in the Indigenous Skills Employment and Training Program (ISET P) role since the beginning of the program under it’s previous title Aboriginal Human

Resources Development Strategy back in 1998.

During her time as an ETO she has negotiated countless training agreements, has established a training center on her First Nation so her clients have easy accessibility to a number of training programs, promotes employment and training within her community and she is a cornerstone in helping members of her community find employment.

Congratulations on over 20 years of serving the people of Bilijk, Shelly!