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Hot housing fuels labour shortage in Powell River


qathet Living
, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

With few –and increasingly expensive – housing options in qathet, it’s little wonder a labor shortage has intensified in recent months.

Throughout the past couple of years, businesses all around town have reported struggling to find staff. The list of job postings continues to grow. March 2022 had 181 jobs posted via Work BC.

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Tla’amin First Nation welcomes language coordinator role

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Climbing down from Tla’amin’s family tree project, Randolph Timothy Jr. has begun a new path as the Nation’s new language coordinator. 

“There had been a job posting late last year, so I had applied and a few months later I got an interview,” says Randolph. 

Fast forwarding a couple months and Randolph said he was asked to wrap up the family tree project and start up the language program. “I was officially hired on March 23 and am starting to get things organized.” 

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Garden Vision to bloom in a west coast First Nation

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous forest gardens will soon be sprouting once again in Tla’amin, according to Erik Blaney, Tla’amin executive council member, and housepost of lands and resources. 

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Treaty should trump the ALC, says Tla’amin First Nation

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

One leader of Tla’amin Nation, Erik Blaney, says his government has been having problems with BC’s Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve system for the past six years. 

“The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) have imposed restrictions on our lands that we never agreed to, nor were we ever consulted with,” says Erik. 

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