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Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year – ALOY will be an intense period of academic studies and training designed to prepare you for your acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution at year's end.
International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) – Available through BC First Nations Forestry Council to all Aboriginal Youth ages 19-30, the International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) provides an opportunity for Indigenous Youth to work on diverse projects in environmental and community sustainability, gender equality and Indigenous forest conservation that could be applied in your community.
Study + Work Forestry Scholarship BC – BC First Nations Forestry Council's Study + Work Forestry Scholarship Program is designed to provide tuition and living support for First Nations (status/non-status) or Métis Descent students interested in attending full-time studies in an accredited post-secondary institution.
BEAHR – Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources – BEAHR is partnering with communities & industry to increase Indigenous involvement in the environmental sector by providing training to receive a Certificate of Successful Completion.
Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program – The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program (CFAEP) is a special three-week course for Indigenous peoples who are considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During the program, you will get hands-on experience with military training, careers and lifestyle. You do not have to join the CAF after completing the three weeks. At the end of the program, you will receive $1,200 and a certificate of military achievement.
Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Indigenous applicants interested in BC Public Service positions including temporary assignments, auxiliary appointments, permanent part-time, permanent full-time and expressions of interest can receive high level advice and guidance on the hiring system and process.
Indigenous Guardians Program – Indigenous Leadership Initiative – Indigenous-led Guardians programs empower communities to manage ancestral lands according to traditional laws and values. Guardians are employed as the “eyes on the ground” in Indigenous territories. They monitor ecological health, maintain cultural sites and protect sensitive areas and species. They play a vital role in creating land-use and marine-use plans. And they promote intergenerational sharing of Indigenous knowledge—helping train the next generation of educators, ministers and nation builders.
Indigenous Intern Leadership Program – This program is a joint initiative of the Business Council of British Columbia, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Vancouver Island University. Indigenous graduates from the 25 post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are encouraged to apply for meaningful work through internship positions that match your skills and professional interests.
Indigenous Youth Internship Program – Every year, this program provides a 12-month paid internship for up to 25 young Indigenous British Columbians, ages 19 to 29. It is designed to encourage Indigenous youth to consider the BC Public Service or Indigenous organizations as a place to pursue a rewarding career
Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity – Government of Canada offers a program for Indigenous full-time students to gain work experience in the federal public service.
International Aboriginal Youth Internships Initiative - The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to participate in international internships in developing countries.
Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency – Supporting Aboriginal business in the Kootenays. KABDA serves First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. If you are thinking about starting a business, or are an existing business owner seeking to expand, contact us. KABDA will be happy to assist with your business venture because we want to see you succeed!
Métis Nation BC – The Métis Employment & Training Program improves the employment potential, earning capacity and self-sufficiency of Métis people in British Columbia.
National Defense Indigenous Summer Programs – The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offers five summer training programs that combine military lifestyle with cultural awareness: Bold Eagle, Raven, Black Bear, Carcajou (Wolverine) and Grey Wolf. Participants will be enrolled into the CAF for the six-week long duration of the programs.
Okanagan Training and Development Council – Okanagan Training and Development Council's mandate is to encourage self-sufficiency for aboriginal individuals by addressing local and regional labour market and community needs and priorities through the delivery of employment, training, programs, and services.
Work BC - BC’s Career guide for Aboriginal People – Use BC's Career Guide for Aboriginal People to support your career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The Guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding support, and how to connect to employers.