Who We Are

PRESS is a BC registered Indigenous-led non-profit society dedicated to identifying and removing barriers to economic success and social and cultural engagement faced by individuals or groups in the traditional Coast Salish territories. PRESS was incorporated in 2008 to manage an innovative partnership between educators, the private sector and Klahoose First Nation that provided diverse economic and social benefits to Coast Salish communities. True to its roots, PRESS continues to practice community- based innovation through imaginative and respectful use of natural resources and human talent in the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’Amin and Homalco. PRESS has created ongoing, broad-based stakeholder groups around specific aspects of its mission statement, and brokered strong and effective working partnerships between government, First Nations, educators, local communities and big business in order to deliver successful educational, cultural, employment and economic development initiatives in coastal BC.  A core intent of the society is to assist vulnerable, marginalized or at-risk individuals and groups to overcome social and economic barriers by developing meaningful skills in diverse settings. Those we serve include persons with disabilities, youth, seniors, women, First Nation communities and individuals, people on low fixed income and individuals and families at risk of homeless.