Hopes & Dreams Survey

The Hopes & Dreams survey was part of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Integrated Job Strategy study which took place from 1992-1994. The purpose of this study was to conduct a social-economic survey of all working age Band Members. Once the completed surveys (185 in total) were returned and examined, an economic development plan was to be developed together with a strategy for short and long term training. This training would be arranged according to the business and occupational interests expressed in the survey results.


  • Assess the background of work experience
  • Determine educational needs
  • Use information gained from the survey to determine what type of sustainable jobs and business ventures would best serve the interests and needs of the community.


Some Results:

  • 85% of those surveyed endorsed Resource Management (in order of priority: Fishing, Environment, Forestry, and Wildlife)
  • 84% of those surveyed indicated an interest in taking training (66% wanted it to occur in the village, 28% wanted it to occur out of the village)
  • Respondents indicated interest in administrative training related to: Computers; Management; Counseling; and Accounting
  • 68% of those surveyed said that they would like to own a business
  • The top three "road-blocks" to reaching their goals were listed as: Lack of education; Need for daycare; and Family problems
  • 40 people wanted to be a fish boat operator. The second choice (with only 18 votes) was Counsellor, then Cook (14), Automotive Mechanic (12), General Manager (12), Police Constable (12), Teacher's Aide (11), and Timber Cruiser (10).
  • The most common job that people had had before was Shoreworker, with 53 people saying they had done that kind of work before. The next most common jobs were: Homemaker (43), Fishing (33), Janitor (29), Logging (23), Teacher's Aide (20), Tree Spacing (16) and Babysitting (16).


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