VCC hosts Soaring Indigenous Youth Career Conference
On Friday, Feb. 12, Vancouver Community College (VCC) opened its doors to Indigenous youth from across B.C. for Soaring – one of the annual career conferences held across Canada by Indigenous education organization Indspire.
The day of college tours and workshops was part of the sold-out 2016 Indspire events which also included an employer trade show at the Westin Bayshore hotel and the 2016 Indspire Awards gala held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
After an official morning welcome at VCC’s Downtown campus, Soaring participants dispersed into smaller workshops and tours led by Indigenous educators from VCC and the wider community. Sessions included activities such as campus tours, baking demonstrations, student panels, and career planning seminars.
Amanda Johnston, a Grade 12 student from Saanich B.C., says she enjoyed learning more about jobs in B.C.’s hospitality and tourism industry in a session led by VCC culinary arts alumnus and Indigenous educator Chris Monkman. “I never really thought about how much work and people go into making a resort or a restaurant function,” says Amanda, who already works as a manager at her local Dairy Queen. Both Amanda and her sister Robyn, who have Inuit roots, say they enjoyed connecting with the hundreds of other Indigenous youth at the conference.