TEN Kitwanga area residents are in Terrace next week, continuing their training to provide them with licences and certifications needed to operate large vehicles.
The program is being run by the Gitwangak Education Society through money from Tricorp, the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation which finances aboriginal training in northwestern B.C.
“The opportunity for training is hard to come by, so when it comes you have to jump on it,” said one of the participants in the program, Guy Morgan, who lives in Gitanyow.
His goal is to get a job operating heavy equipment at one of the mines being proposed for the north, something that will eventually provide for his retirement.
The program started in March with air brake certification and finishes up with exams in early June.
The training was done by Prince-George based Fox Professional Driver Training.
Program administrator Lesley Morgan said this is one of several training and certification programs coming to Kitwanga.