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Referrals Officer Training

Referrals Officer Training

May 2, 2017 (UPDATED)



**NOTE - June 29, 2017 in Burns lake, BC has been CANCELLED

Dear First Nations Leaders,

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is hosting a 1-day ‘Leadership: Referrals 101’ workshop (see more background information on page 2). There are 5 date and location options to choose from. All 5 sessions are designed and delivered the same, so please only choose one date and location to attend. 

The workshop locations and dates are being hosted as follows (9:00am-3:00pm; Locations TBD):

Option 1: June 13, 2017 in Vancouver, BC **COMPLETE**

Registration Link:

Option 2: June 19, 2017 in Prince George, BC **COMPLETE**

Registration Link:

Option 3: June 20, 2017 in Fort St. James, BC **COMPLETE**

Registration Link:

Option 4: June 27, 2017 in Kamloops, BC **COMPLETE**

Registration Link:


Travel reimbursement* is available for up to $200 per person (meals, mileage, and incidental) plus one night accommodation, upon:

Full day attendance at the workshop; and,
When a CSTC travel claim form is fully completed, with any relevant receipts attached and submitted to the CSTC. Travel Form.  Travel Rates.

*Note: Travel Advances WILL NOT be covered, and the travel claim forms will be provided on-site by the facilitators at the end of the day.


The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) has designed a 1 day ‘Leadership: Referrals 101’ workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to increase First Nations Leadership’s knowledge and capacity regarding the management and processing of their respective communities natural resource consultations (referrals).

This workshop is a condensed version of a 5-day workshop that was first developed by the BC Aboriginal Mining and Training Association (BCAMTA), then taken over by CSTC. This workshop was designed because First Nations identified a gap where there was no specific training program to help them deal with consultation for natural resource projects and/or activities.

CSTC has since delivered the ROTP 5-day program at least 8 times since 2015, having trained 80 First Nations technicians and leaders from around BC.

Draft Agenda

9:30 – 10:15:               Welcoming and opening comments

                                  Overview of Workshop – Objectives and Background

10:15-10:30:                Round of Introductions

10:30 – 10:45:             Health Break

10:45 – 12:00:             Indigenous Laws and Crown Laws 101

12:00 – 1:00:               Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:15:                 Referrals Management 101

2:15 – 2:30:                 Health Break

2:30 – 3:00:                 Best Practices – Strategies and Procedures


For more information and registration please contact Mina Holmes at 604-724-5356 or Angel Ransom at 250-649-9876, or email   

First Nations Referral Officer Training Program (ROTP):

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) has developed a First Nations Referrals Officer Training Program (ROTP) that is focused on assisting First Nations with building capacity to manage referrals and consultation requests regarding natural resource management projects.  The ROTP is managed by the CSTC, and is based on the inital project supported by the BC Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (BC AMTA). Funding for delivery of the ROTP has come from:  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI), and TransCanada Pipelines.  If you are interested in sponsoring the delivery of the ROTP anywhere in BC or Canada, please contact Ben Berland ( 

The ROTP has been designed for First Nations technical and leadership staff working for First Nations governments. Participants of the ROTP should meet the following criteria:
1) Be willing to participate, learn and provide constructive feedback into the training program;
2) Be able to participate in a respectful and supportive learning environment;
3) Be able to participate for the full 5 days; No pre-paid travel is available. All travel must be covered by participants, and is reimbursable by CSTC (if applicable), according to CSTC travel rates;
4) Have some experience in working for a First Nation or Tribal Council/Association;
5) Grade 12 is encouraged but not required.

This 5-day program will cover the basics on why referrals and consultation management is needed in First Nations communities.  Students will also leave with an improved understanding of office and information management, natural resource management 101, communication and analytical skills, basic mapping skills, and decision-making processes. 

The ROTP will cover the following material:

1-1 Introduction to the Program  
1-2 Canadian Law 101 
1-3 Understanding the Political and Legal Landscape 
1-4 Understanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
1-5 Key Terms and Concepts 
1-6 Day 1 Summary 

2-1 Understanding the Federal and Provincial Systems 
2-2 Understanding Provincial Referral Process  
2-3 What is a Referral?
2-4 The Job of the Referrals Officer  
2-5 Referrals Officers Job Description  
2-6 Day 2 Summary 

3-1 Referrals Officer Job Description – Assignment Debrief 
3-2 Natural Resource Management 101 
3-3 Understanding Decision Making Frameworks
3-4 Day 3 summary 

Day 4
4-1 Communication Skills 
4-2 Informing Decision-Making Process Development 
4-3 Referrals Technologies 
4-4 Day 4 Summary 

Day 5
5-1 Processing Referrals 
5-2 Overview Summary of the Course Content 
5-3 Conclusion and Summary 

Participants that complete the ROTP will be issued a Certificate of Completion issued by the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.  Former successful participants include:

o Bev Boersen – Saik’uz First Nation
o Dolly Abraham – Takla Lake First Nation
o Dwayne Martin – Nak’azdli First Nation
o Elton Louie – Stellat’en First Nation
o Jeanette West – Takla Lake First Nation
o Johnathan Shearer – Stellat’en First Nation
o Kimberly Johnnie – Tl’azt’en Nation
o Lily French – Takla Lake First Nation

o Anita Williams – Takla Lake First Nation
o Clayton George – Stellat’en First Nation
o Ken Solonas – McLeod Lake Indian Band
o Mirian Louie – Nadleh Whut’en
o Sylvia Jack – Nak’azdli First Nation

o Kirk Julius Nooski - Nadleh Whut'en
o Pamela Heron - Stellat'en
o Valerie Ketlo -  Stellat'en
o Art Erickson - Yechoochee
o Robyn Young - Nakazdli
o Charmaign Moise - Nakazdli
o Luke Johnny -  Esdilagh First Nation
o Perry Johnny -  Esdilagh First Nation
o Vanessa Joseph - Yechooche

o Janice Billy -  Lillooet Tribal Council
o Andrew Meshue - Northern Sushwap Tribal Council
o Lesley Riley -  Lillooet Tribal Council
o Nick Aaron Erickson - Lake Babine Nation
o Laura Vansomer - Wet'suweten
o Jesse Ogen -  Wet'suweten
o Nicole Ogen -  Wet'suweten
o Angelica Tom - Wet'suweten
o Frances Daniels - Gitwangak Band
o Victor Austin Sr. - Hagwilget
o Amber Weir - SXFN
o Kelan Paul - SXFN

o Larissa Grant - Musqueam
o Clarke Sparrow - Musqueam
o Ruth Speck -  Musqueam
o Nalaine Morin - Citxw Nlakapamux Assembly
o Tamlyn Botel - Citxw Nlakapamux Assembly
o Alicia Giesbrecht - Leq'a:mel First Nations
o Lydia Prince - Musqueam
o Josephine Kelly - Sumas First Nation
o J.Luke Pike - People of the river
o Sue Lizotte - Kwikwetlem
o Lynn Doolan - Kwikwetlem

o Robert Luggi Jr - Wet'suwe'ten
o Ryan Tibbetts - Burns Lake Band
o John Sam - Nak'azdli
o Sharon Palmantier - Esdilagh First Nation
o Clinton Palmantier - Esdilagh First Nation
o Kirby Johnnie - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
o Jolene Rendolic - Lilloett
o Deborah Prince - Nakazdli
o Jordan Buzas - Lheidli Tenneh
o Benjie Alexis - Saik'uz First Nation

o Rebecca Broadben - Nadleh

o Deana Ketlo - Nadleh 

o Beverly Ketlo - Nadleh 

o Ahsley Heathcliff - Nadleh 

o Jermain Brigham - Nadleh 

o Tara Hill - Nadleh 

o Peter Peters - Nadleh 

o Sandra Nooski - Nadleh 

o Mark Nooski - Nadleh 

o Casey Holmes - Nicola Tribal Council

o Jeannette McCauley - Nicola Tribal Council

o Sharon Stone - Nicola Tribal Council

o Daryl Sulin - Alkatcho
o Aaron McMillan - Kitselas
o Mike Gouchie - Lheidli T'enneh
o Noel Argueta - Kitselas
o Teena Sellars - Soda Creek
o Natasha Paul - Lheidli T'enneh
o Cora McIntosh - Saikuz
o Brent Fox - Half-way River
o Bernice Lilly - Half-way River
o Georgina Yahey - Blueberry First Nation
o Grant Appaw - Blueberry First Nation
o Cynthia Burke - Fort Nelson First Nation
o Joshua Collins - McLeod Lake First Nation
o Fernie Garbitt - Saulteau First Nation
o Laura Webb - West Moberly First Nations
o Kahsha Patterson - Kahsha Patterson
o Louise Knott - Saulteau First Nation


Please contact Ben Berland for more information about the ROTP (