This past summer, Trans Mountain partnered with Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) to deliver a community-driven learning initiative that works toward equity and opportunity for Indigenous youth (ages 16-19) through land-based education, training and work opportunities. Participants are fully immersed in a six-week natural resource-based work environment that includes on-the-job safety training, time management skill-building, remote work experience and lessons on managing personal work-life balance.

The program was originally set for Kamloops, but due to COVID-19, it was relocated to Prince George to accommodate extra safety protocols and social distancing.

Through OYEP, participants learn how to work independently and as a group, receive cultural and spiritual support, establish networks, build confidence and prepare for a successful transition into employment and post-secondary education. In the last 19 years of program delivery, OYEP participants have had a 92 per cent high school graduation rate, a 99 per cent participant satisfaction rate and 793 high school credits granted.