Estsék’ provides Simpcw First Nation and community members with the opportunity to work in their territory and gain the training and experience required to become accredited professionals in the natural resource and environmental fields.
Estsék’ awarded two $500 bursaries in 2014. Four bursaries were offered and applications for bursaries were open to students who aspire to work in the scientific or environmental fields as professionals and were in their last academic year at one of three secondary schools in the North Thompson District (Simpcw First Nation Territory) and one specific bursary for a First Nation student. The bursaries were awarded to two students who are enrolled in a post-secondary science program for the upcoming academic year.
Bill Rublee participated with Estsék’ on the Canoe Pull Journey in early August, a First Nations canoe voyage that took place from Mara Lake through to the Tk’emlups Indian Band and Riverside Park. We actively participated in the Simpcw Canoe Aug 1-2 for the leg down the South Thompson River. Estsék’ sponsored the Simpcw Canoe with great looking t-shirts. It was an interesting and valuable experience interacting with many BC First Nations as well as both RCMP and DFO representatives that participated in the event.
In 2013 Estsék’ employed two summer students from Simpcw First Nation. The students had the opportunity to participate in field programs, data entry, and data analysis. This program allowed the students to gain meaningful experience in the field and learn what was involved in planning and executing field programs. The students also worked at the Simpcw First Nation Dunn Lake fish hatchery and learned about fisheries management including salmon rearing and harvesting. Estsék’ expanded the program to three students in 2014.