NRT Special Projects for Community Capacity Development

Presenting organization: New Relationship Trust


NRT continues the pursuit of a higher quality of life for BC First Nations through Special Projects focused on capacity development. This year’s projects include the Aboriginal Labour Market Community Navigators, the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative, the Economic Development Support Team, and the West Coast Energy Fund. The presentation will provide an overview of each project’s activities, successes, as well as recommendations and gaps in each of the respective areas.

What Participants will learn 

Participants will be informed of the objectives and activities of each project, including insights on successful applicants and initiatives. Participants will also learn how to apply for available funding, what other resources are accessible, and how to utilize the services offered by the Community Navigators and the Economic Development Support Team business advisors.


  • Veronica Ghostkeeper Gerow - EDST
  • Brock Endean - Navigators
  • Cole Sayers - BCICE

Presenter Biographies

Brock Endean (Métis) is the Provincial Coordinator of the New Relationship Trust Navigator Initiative, as well as the local Navigator in the Lower Mainland. Through the Navigator Initiative, Brock has worked closely with local First Nations to discuss challenges and plan opportunities around training programs that reflect current and upcoming employment trends.  On the provincial level, Brock meets regularly with organizing committees, employers, government, as well as post-secondary and private training providers to facilitate strategies and share experiences/resources to advance Indigenous participation in the evolving labour market. His diversity of education and training complement his efforts to help build communities where members feel supported and their dreams can thrive.


Veronica Ghostkeeper Gerow, a member of Driftpile First Nation, AB. Born and raised in Prince George: she has worked in Aboriginal economic development for over 20 + years. First with PG Native Friendship Centre, then the Aboriginal Business Development Centre. She held positions on various boards: the provincial Native Economic Development Advisory, Community Futures of Fraser Fort George and PGNAETA. Veronica has currently been utilizing her skills and expertise with New Relationship Trust in assisting BC First Nations to further their economic future.