Wild Craft Foods Program – WILD

10 Week PAID Self-Employment Training for Indigenous Youth

(Serving Abbotsford, and surrounding communities)

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Program Overview: COVID Protocol

  • This program will be delivered the first 6-weeks virtually and the last 4 weeks will have some in-person sessions.

Earn a MCSC Certificate Of Completion

When you complete your 10-week course, you will earn a certificate, which can help you boost your LinkedIn & Resume, and help you stand out.

Some other certificates you receive are: Occupational First Aid, WHMIS & much more.

What Will You Learn?

Support

Pre-employment services and supports

Development

Develop your skills in business Planning, Finance, Marketing and much more

Mentorship

Participants will also receive Wildcrafting, foraging, and crafting mentorship from indigenous elders in the Fraser Valley 

Trips

Field Trips into the wild 

Certificates

Occupational First Aid, Holistic First Aid, WHMIS …and more!

Meet the Professionals!

Jenna

Facilitator/Job Coach

Jenna-Mary is the Facilitator/Job Coach for the Wild Craft Foods Program, a program for Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurs. She acquired her Career Development Practitioner Certification from Douglas College and has attended the University of the Fraser Valley working towards her Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She’s also worked in Customer Service for over 10 years, including 5 years in the Beverage Industry, and 5 years in Management. Jenna’s true passion is people, helping, guiding and serving.

Her heritage lies in Newfoundland and she looks forward to getting back to the East Coast one day soon.

Daina

Operations Support/ Administrative Assistant

Daina has been in the Customer Service industry for 29 years. After moving on from her long time career with Safeway, she completed the Applied Business Technology Certificate program at UFV. She is enjoying being a part of the Mission Community Skills Center and assisting in the development of individuals job search and their new and exciting career paths.

“Watching the connection form between people over the internet in learning, growing, and moving forward into pursing their dreams and finding out more about there culture. Being apart of the journey to self discovery, and entrepreneurship is such an honour for me.”

– Jenna, Facilitator

What's in it for you?

Did you know that 1 in 8 jobs in Canada are in the Agri-Food & Beverage industries?

Wild Craft Foods is a community-minded incubator that walks alongside young people from concept through launch and focuses on traditional wildcrafting, art, food, and agriculture business projects and skill development.

The Wild Craft Foods program is designed for youth to develop the skills, training and work connections for self-employment opportunities like:

  • Harvesting wild food crops to sell to restaurants, retail shops, and food manufacturers
  • Crafting loose teas using common tea leaves and wild ingredients
  • Creating Indigenous drum ornaments for sale through online shops like Etsy
  • Traditional smoked salmon products for high-end markets
  • Herbal medicine and wellness products using wild crops
  • Harvesting fallen wood, prepping and selling it as firewood
  • Pre-packaged dried soups sold in retail shops or online and so much more!

Who is Eligible for this Training?

Between the Ages of 15 & 29

Living in British Columbia

Unemployed/ Precariously Employed

Self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis

Tanner Jan

"This course inspired me and motivated me in so many ways and I am so grateful for the knowledge and friendships I’ve gained throughout this course."

Cambria Wichmann

"I chose self employment because I value having free time and allowing myself to take charge of my schedule. I also find pleasure in being independent and doing big things by myself, on my own timeline. My business allows myself to express my passion and share it with others, it also allows others to have more resources to go to for their spiritual needs. I think there’s a huge need for more indigenous business owners and I’m excited to be one of them."

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Saje Murphy

"I always had a dream to be self-employed and create a work environment that was nature and people based. The WildCraft program has motivated and assisted me in making this dream tangible. I have built deep connections with all of the instructors and participants. The generosity of everyone I've met here is long-lasting. Along with focusing on wild food harvesting and business management, this course facilitates reconnection with Indigenous cultures and practices, this alone is why I would recommend this program to anyone regardless of their future plans. My gratitude for this experience is eternal."

Start Your MISSION to Success Today!

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How to Apply

1

Application Form

Please answer all of the following questions in the application form, and sign it digitally. Once you have done this you will receive a copy.
2

Follow-Up Email

We will follow up regarding your application via email within 72 hours, with a Employment Barriers Checklist.
3

Availability Check

Our facilitator will reach out to you via email to set up a date to meet.
4

In Person Intake

Once we have found a time to meet our facilitator will connect with you for a in-person interview.
5

Welcome Aboard

If you have been chosen to participate in the program, you will be invited to complete some on-boarding/orientation documents

Build Connections. Develop Skills. Get Paid.

Your MISSION to Success Starts Now!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Wild Crafts Food Program?

The Wild Crafts Food (WILD) is a ten-week self-employment experience for indigenous youth who want to be entrepreneurs.

What certificates are included?

PAID in-class training and certificates that include:

  • Entrepreneurship 101
  • Business Planning
  • Business Viability
  • Finance & Planning
  • Entrepreneurial Style & Success
  • Marketing Regulations & Legal Requirements
  • Orientation to Human Resources
  • Indigenous Cultural Sessions
  • Assessments
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Holistic First Aid
  • WHIMS
  • Good Agricultural & Collection Practices… and more.

How long is the program?

6 weeks – Virtually

4 weeks – In Person

How are you paying me?

WILD is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Are Friday's spent with an elder?

Yes, they are really spent with an elder. Her name is Cynthia and she teaches cultural art, and history.

What does the elder teach?

Cynthia teaches the following:

  • Art history
  • Cultural support
  • The importance of family and being who you are
  • Culture
  • Awareness
  • Wild harvesting techniques

What does the work experience entail?

The work experience is to bring people into nature.

We are hoping to do at least two days a week out into the wilderness with some tour guides and indigenous leaders to go through wild berries and to go fishing or hunting and more.

Art is also done throughout the work experience which includes; bentwood boxes, drawing designs and painting, carving kits rattles drums and more.

The work experience is to bring people into nature.

We are hoping to do at least two days a week out into the wilderness with some tour guides and indigenous leaders to go through wild berries and to go fishing or hunting and more.

Art is also done throughout the work experience which includes; bentwood boxes, drawing designs and painting, carving kits rattles drums and more.

The work experience is to bring people into nature.

We are hoping to do at least two days a week out into the wilderness with some tour guides and indigenous leaders to go through wild berries and to go fishing or hunting and more.

Art is also done throughout the work experience which includes; bentwood boxes, drawing designs and painting, carving kits rattles drums and more.

What is holistic first aid?

It is a first aid that indigenous people would use while out in nature where no traditional techniques or remedies are available, it also includes making pain medicines from wild plants collected from the land.

Is it Full-Time?

Yes, from 9am-3pm daily Monday to Friday

Is it really PAID?

You bet! We pay YOU $15.00/hour

When can I start?

  • October 11 – Dec 17
  • January 3 – March 11

Contact Information:

 

Address:

2570 Cyril Street, Abbotsford, British Columbia, V2S 2G2

Phone:

604 826 0626 Ext 206

Email:

wild@missioncsc.org