Sustained and inclusive economic growth can drive progress, create decent jobs for all and improve living standards.
COVID-19 has disrupted billions of lives and endangered the global economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a global recession as bad as or worse than in 2009. As job losses escalate, the International Labor Organization estimates that nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods.
Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, one in five countries – home to billions of people living in poverty – were likely to see per capita incomes stagnate or decline in 2020. Now, the economic and financial shocks associated with COVID-19—such as disruptions to industrial production, falling commodity prices, financial market volatility, and rising insecurity—are derailing the already tepid economic growth and compounding heightened risks from other factors. UN Sustainable Development Goal/ Economic Growth
Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous owned and governed by the community of Klemtu and it's people. Prior to COVID-19 the community of Klemtu boasted a very low unemployment rate as the job opportunities were plentiful. Spirit Bear Lodge is committed to working towards employing as many community members as is possible each year. This is achieved through several ways and is an ongoing project that changes as the community changes.
Spirit Bear Lodge offers a 2 week comprehensive staff training program every July. This training is open to other community members if space allows. Courses range from First aid certification, Small vessel operating license, Bear Safety Certification, Cultural interpretation, Archeological training, Food Safe certification and general lodge operations for new staff. We believe in offering highly professional certifications that benefits Spirit Bear Lodge, the individual and the community as a whole.
Our goal at Spirit Bear Lodge is to hire youth from the SUA cultural program to learn under more experienced staff members. All departments are required to mentor youth and or new staff members within their position they are hired for.
We offer youth the opportunity to begin as an assistant guide and access mentorship from lead guides by working each day with knowledgeable community members.
Other positions include helping in the kitchen and working towards cooking and/or accessing professional chef training.
Youth and guides are mentored by experienced Captains with the goal of them gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to one day Captain a boat in the Great Bear Sea.
Klemtu is a thriving remote Indigenous community that provides gainful employment and opportunities for community members. Please enjoy this article featuring our current Chief Councillor, Roxanne Robinson, the first woman chief of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation: