The LaKles Way-hut: business creation for indigenous youth program is a new program from the College of New Caledonia (CNC).

This is a free, government-funded program designed to help Indigenous youth aged 15 to 29 get a feel for what it’s like to start a business.

The course will run from January 17 to March 31 and is accessible from the Burns Lake, Fort Saint James, Vanderhoof, Mackenzie and Prince George campuses.

Successful applicants will also receive a living allowance.

Troy Morin, regional director of the Vanderhoof and Fort Saint James campuses, explained the name of the program.

“LaKles Way-hut means grease trail in Chinook trade parlance.”

“Many Native communities in the Northwest, here across British Columbia, have used the grease trail for trade with other nations and other communities,” said Morin.

He added that there is cultural awareness training, life skills training and digital marketing as some of the courses contained in the 12 week program.

“We know there are talented young Aboriginal people in the region served by CNC who aspire to someday start their own businesses,” said CNC President Dr. Dennis Johnson.

“Even if a student does not start their own business, this program will help them acquire knowledge and skills that will be useful throughout their life.