Starting Somewhere, Sharing Everywhere.

Essential Skill 1:  Reading Text  

Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.

Essential Skill 2:  Document Use

Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.

Essential Skill 3:  Numeracy  

Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.

Essential Skill 4:  Writing   

Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.

Essential Skill 5:  Oral Communication

Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.

Essential Skill 6:  Working With Others

Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.

Essential Skill 7:  Thinking Skills

Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information


Essential Skill 8:  Digital Technology

Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.

Essential Skill 9:  Continuous Learning

Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.

Aboriginal Essential Skills Guiding Team Members

Revised May 2014

Aboriginal Labour Force Alliance
Norma ClaggettBox 31028, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7alfa@northwestel.netT: 867-456-4348
F: 867-458-4956
Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society
Cori Thunderchild201 – 681 Columbia St
New Westminster, BC
V3M 0A8
T: 604-521-5929
F: 604-521-5931
Cariboo-Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre
Janine Alphonse205-197 N. 2 nd Ave. Williams Lake, BC
V2G 1Z5
j.alphonse@ccatec.comT: 250-392-2510
F: 250-392-2570
Coast Salish Employment and Training Society (CSETS)Bruce Underwood201-5462 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC
V9L 6W4
bruce.underwood@csets.comT: 250-746-0183
Toll Free: 1-888-811-3919
F: 250-746-0189
Independent ES AdvisorBrandon Stilesbrandon_stiles@hotmail.comT: 604-787-5249
Senior Development Officer
Citizens Services and Program Delivery Branch
Tammy Boucher754 Fort Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 1H2
tammy.boucher@servicecanada.gc.caT: 250-419-0240
F: 250-363-0243
Independent ES Advisor
Francesca de Bastiani64 Ocean Drive
Kitkatla, BC, V0V 1C0
essentialskills@gitxaalanation.comT: 604- 684-4028
Gitxaala NationKirsten Barker64 Ocean Drive
Kitkatla, BC, V0V 1C0
kbarker@gitxaalanation.comT: 250-848-2221
Okanagan Training and Development Council(OTDC)Rhonda Terbasket101 – 1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 339
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1 T: 250-499-5529 x 125
Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA)William Phang198 Kingston St. Prince George, BC
V2L 1C3
williamp@pgnaeta.bc.caT: 250-561-1199
F: 250-561-1149
AESGT Project CoordinatorColleen YamamotoSummerland,
T: 250-681-1855
Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB)Robin Peterson181 Nawishaskin Ln. Merritt, BC V1K 0A7robin.peterson@lnib.netC: 250-378-7928
T: 250-378-4089 x 2112
F: 250-378-9137
Independent ES AdvisorCoréen BernierVernon,
North - West Coast Vancouver Island
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society
Danielle Lecours1211 Cypress Street
Campbell River BC
V9W 2Z3
dlecours@nviats.comT: 250-286-3455 ext 33
F: 250-286-3487
TG, Essential Skills, Douglas College / Independent ES AdvisorJan Green4413 Southgate Road
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 5L1 T: 250-731-4431
Ktunaxa Nation Council Education & Employment Sector (KNC)Suzanne Pederson7825 Mission Road
Cranbrook, BC
V1C 7E5
spederson@ktunaxa.orgT: 250-489-2464
F: 250-489-2438