Helping First Nations and Inuit People in North Eastern BC

Notice: See our In-Person Service Notification

At NENAS (located in Fort St John), we offer a variety of resources to help people realize their full potential.  We provide a wide range of programs, training, and services that are all geared towards helping people gain employment and life skills.  We offer employment assistance services, support child care initiatives, and maintain partnerships for the benefit of our participants.

Over the past 30 years, NENAS has been developing capacity-building projects that help provide essential services to the communities in the region.  These services are focused on capacity development, which is a training process that improves the retention of skills, tools, and resources for building on current skill-sets.  By incorporating capacity building into our program development and management, we improve the ability to achieve our mission now and in the future.

As such, we have become well-known amongst our regional counterparts for our effectiveness in helping people gain and maintain employment.

Past, Present and Future at NENAS

Our Youth Programs included:

For over 30 years NENAS has connected with clients and communities to provide an extensive range of services and programs.

In the last year alone we ran client-based programs such as our CERT (College and Employment Readiness) program which is designed to assist with further development of the student’s self-awareness, self-management and self-development, by examining their roles and
responsibilities in relation to personal and professional boundaries; our Right-to-Play program which is a youth program using the power of play to protect, educate and empower children; our summer student program which is designed to help young people make the transition into the
labour market by providing skills, work experience and knowledge they need to access relevant labour market information; we also ran project-based training programs such as HEO and Driver
training programs (Class 1 and Class 4), which provide our clients with a combination of in-class training and on-the-job training.

  • Right-to-Play
  • Strengthening Families Program
  • My Tween and Me Program
  • Personal Health and Traditional Parenting Program
  • Aboriginal Head Start Program
  • Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Past projects have included:

  • Mining Essentials training
  • Safety Ticket and Vocational training
  • Elder Awareness Abuse Campaign
  • Financial Literacy training
  • Innovative Driver Education training
  • Pipeline Craftsmanship training
  • Rising Spirits Aboriginal Youth Centre
  • Bladerunners
  • Domcor Basic Security training
  • Community and Urban labour program
  • Introduction to Scaffolding program
  • Youth Leadership Initiative National Rebuilding Conference
  • Infant to Toddler Daycare

In-Person Service Notification

As the Government of BC has lifted some restrictions, effective Monday June 15, 2020, NENAS will provide in-person service at our office in Fort St. John.

All visitors to our office will be asked to follow the COVID-19 visitor restrictions, and will be screened by staff before entering our building.

To reduce contact within our building, we will be limiting our in-person capacity and we will be taking in-office appointments only.

Clients will be required to call 250.785.0887 to make an appointment for an in-person session for access to computers/printers/job search, or to meet with one of our Employment Assistance Services Officers for career counselling, or job/schooling supports.

Should you prefer to not come into our offices, NENAS will continue to offer virtual support services to meet your employment, schooling and training needs.


To improve the quality of life of First Nations and Inuit people of
Northeast British Columbia. by nurturing their health, wellness, education and economic


To create opportunities for First Nations and Inuit people to realize their full potential while supporting the unity and  cohesiveness of First Nations in Northeast British Columbia.


To work collaboratively in providing holistic human resource development for First Nations and Inuit people of Northeast BC.

Contact us for more information