May Long Weekend

This May long weekend, the KVES campus will be closed Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day. Our campus will reopen Tuesday, May 21st.

A Brief History

Victoria Day traces its origins back to the early 19th century when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1837. Her reign, which spanned over six decades, was marked by numerous milestones, including the expansion of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution. As the Queen of Canada, Victoria played a pivotal role in the country's governance and development, earning her a place of reverence in Canadian history.

Upon her death in 1901, Canadians mourned the loss of their beloved monarch and sought to commemorate her memory. In 1845, the first celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday took place in Canada, and over the years, it evolved into the modern-day Victoria Day holiday.

The May Long Weekend

Victoria Day also marks the unofficial start of summer in Canada, known colloquially as the "May Long Weekend." As the weather warms and nature awakens from its winter slumber, Canadians take to the outdoors to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, and picnicking. Whether it's lounging by the lake or firing up the barbecue, the May Long Weekend provides an opportunity for friends and families to create lasting memories. May Long Weekend also kicks off the camping season in the Northwest with the opening of such camping spots such as Furlong Bay.

Indigenous Traditions and Celebrations

As we celebrate Victoria Day, it's an opportunity to honour Indigenous traditions and contributions. Throughout Canada, Indigenous communities have vibrant cultures and ceremonies that celebrate the arrival of spring, the changing seasons, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Incorporating Indigenous practices into Victoria Day festivities can foster greater inclusivity and understanding among Canadians.

Reconciliation and Reflection

In recent years, Canada has embarked on a journey of reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples, acknowledging past wrongs and working towards a more equitable future. Victoria Day can serve as a moment of reflection on this ongoing process, recognizing the resilience and strength of Indigenous communities in the face of historical injustices. It's a time to listen to Indigenous voices, learn from their experiences, and commit to building a more inclusive and just society.

Join us on April 26th and 27th. We will be at the Terrace Tradeshow at the Sportsplex. We will have some cool swag and information about our courses and the other services we offer.

Meet our team and ask them questions about our training courses, business and HR services, and safety services, such as respirator fittings.

KVES is thrilled to share the exciting news that we will be hosting the highly anticipated Arx and Sparks welding camp at our facilities from March 18th to March 22nd. In collaboration with esteemed partners such as the CWB, LNG Canada, and Coast Mountain College, this immersive experience promises an enriching exploration into the world of welding.

Designed specifically for individuals aged 12 to 18, the Arx and Sparks welding camp offers a unique opportunity to delve into the art and science of welding. Participants will not only gain valuable insights into this dynamic field but will also have the chance to interact with industry experts and professionals who will be sharing their expertise throughout the camp.

To secure your spot at this exciting event, we invite interested individuals to express their interest by sending an email to Act quickly, as qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't miss out on this chance to ignite your passion for welding and acquire hands-on experience in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Join us on this educational journey, where creativity sparks, skills arx, and a future in welding awaits! For any inquiries or further information, feel free to contact us at the provided email address. We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic participants to the Arx and Sparks welding camp for an unforgettable experience.

As we approach the festive holiday season, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your ongoing support and collaboration throughout the year. It has been an incredible journey, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the upcoming year.

In observance of the holidays, we would like to inform you that the KVES campus will be closed from Saturday, December 18, 2023, to Sunday, January 2, 2024. During this period, our team will be taking some well-deserved time off to spend with their loved ones and recharge for the new year ahead.

Please take note of the following details regarding our campus closure:

Closure Dates:

  • Start Date: Saturday, December 18, 2023
  • End Date: Sunday, January 2, 2024

Reopening Date:

  • Our campus will resume normal operations on Monday, January 3, 2024.

As we look back on the past year, we are grateful for the trust you have placed in us, and we are excited about the opportunities and challenges that the new year will bring. We remain dedicated to delivering the high-quality services you expect from KVES.

Kitamaat Valley Education Society is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB).

Online courses are offered by BIS Training and not by Kitamaat Valley Education Society. Students will
register and pay course fees directly to BIS Training. These online courses do not require
approval under the Private Training Act; A student may not file a claim against the fund
with the trustee in respect to the course or program of instruction.


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