20th Anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, which recognizes and celebrates the history, value, achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada.

ASTTBC is proud to highlight member, Dawn McGrath, AScT, ROWP, for work with First Nations communities to strengthen the impact of technology-based programs.

McGrath, a graduate of both BCIT and TRU, holds the highest certification in British Columbia among all First Nations female operators in municipal water systems. Last November, McGrath was presented with a Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology. The acceptance of this award can be viewed here.

As Vice-Chair of the First Nations Career Council, McGrath actively participated with ASTTBC in launching the Westbank Public Works Technician Program. In March, 14 trainees graduated from the Indigenous Communities Public Works Technician Program, held on Westbank First Nations land. All 14 graduates have gained employment thanks to the Okanagan Training and Development Council and its partners.

The Public Works Technician Program has also been completed with the Musqueam First Nations and the McLeod Lake Indian Band.  The First Nations Education Society and Musqueam First Nation, together with ASTTBC members from the City of Vancouver and Saanich, helped frame the competencies for the pilot program.

“ASTTBC is proud to support the work of members, like Dawn McGrath, and Indigenous youth who demonstrate a talented technical labour pool for the future,” said CEO Theresa McCurry. “Today, we renew ASTTBC’s commitment to continuing to build vital partnerships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in the development of education and careers in technology throughout British Columbia.”

ASTTBC President, Trent Reid, CTech, Manager of Operations, City of Delta shared this video message:

National Indigenous Peoples Day – ASTTBC Message