At Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program in Port Alberni, we utilize the certificate workshop called, “An Aboriginal Essential Skills Journey” (supported through Douglas College) as component of our Essential Skills’ curriculum. This is our Essential Skills Tree. In the workshop, there are two leaves to complete in one of the final activities. One leaf says, “My take away,” and the other leaf says, “My give away.” The leaves offer participants an opportunity to reflect on the workshop. Learners recognize the knowledge, skills, abilities and feelings attached to important teachings, understandings and practises of Essential Skills.
NETP‘s tree started growing in 2010. This was when the Essential Skills’ curriculum was available for use in our communities on Vancouver Island. As of October 2012, over 150 people have completed a personal journey: a journey into a deeper understanding of what Essential Skills are and how important these skills are in our everyday lives.