As an Indigenous job seeker, your culture, identity, and community ties can play an important role in your work search. Check with your nation to see if there are specific opportunities and supports available to you, then explore some of these Indigenous-focused resources.
Work you enjoy—that meets your personal needs and uses your skills and experiences—takes time and focus but it’s worth the effort. Use these resources to take the next step in your employment journey.
Indigenous job banks
- Alberta Job Postings from employers who've expressed an interest in hiring Indigenous workers.
- Careers: Indigenous Link—links to websites useful to Indigenous job seekers
- Canada Job Bank: Indigenous Peoples—local employment services and additional supports for Indigenous workers. Also see their Alberta job postings from employers actively seeking Indigenous workers
- Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program—facilitating the enrolment of Aboriginal People in the armed forces
- Education Canada Network: First Nations Employers—opportunities in First Nations education regions/districts across Canada
- First Nations Jobs Online—recruitment website for First Nations, Métis and Inuit job seekers nationwide
- Inclusivity—An Indigenous hiring hub that includes regular virtual job fairs and a job board with opportunities available across Western Canada.
- Indigenous Careers—a fast growing network of Indigenous job seekers and inclusive employers run by Indigenous Works.
- Spirit Staffing and Consulting—inclusive recruitment and training agency in Edmonton and Calgary
Internships for Indigenous students and graduates
- Aboriginal Summer Student Internship Program—Business Development Bank of Canada program for Indigenous students with at least one year of college or university
- Bold Eagle Program—summer training and employment program for youth, combining cultural awareness and military training
- Government of Alberta—internships in a variety of areas such as communication, engineering, policy, finance, agriculture, health and human resources, including Indigenous Relations
- International Aboriginal Youth Internships Initiative—opportunities to gain skills and experience working in a developing country
- RCMP Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program—summer training and employment opportunities in police support services in your home community
- Check out some of the other internship possibilities available:
- Careers the Next Generation—internship programs in health services, trades and other industries for high school students and graduates
- Scholarships Canada—type in the keyword "intern" for information on available programs
- Academic Invest: Internships
- GoAbroad: Intern Abroad
Employment and training supports for Indigenous workers
- Aboriginal Futures (Calgary)—assisting urban Indigenous people in the enhancement of employment skills, creating the opportunity for self-sufficiency and independence.
- Kainai Transition Centre Society Career and Employment Services—job search support, work search skill development, workshops, seminars, job fairs, and conferences for members of the Blood Tribe.
- Oteenow Employment and Training Society (Edmonton)—helps match First Nations & Inuit workers to jobs in a wide range of employment sectors.
- Rupertsland Institute: Métis Centre of Excellence—services to assist Métis individuals in preparing for, finding, and keeping employment.
- Saamis Aboriginal Employment & Training Association (Medicine Hat, Lethbridge)—contracted by Treaty 7 and Métis Nation of Alberta to facilitate quality career & employment opportunities, provide career counseling services, and help in accessing funding for various training programs.
- Stoney Nation Job Resources Centre—provides quality training programs and supports to help our community members thrive in sectors like hospitality, food services, construction, and more.
- Tsuut'ina Career & Employment Resource Centre—Call 403-238-0166 for assistance with labour market information, employment, training opportunities, school-to-work transitions, and setting employment goals.
Other work search resources
Additional work search resources for Albertans include:
- Alberta Job Postings—job postings specific to Alberta
- Alberta Supports—locations across the province provide career and employment services to help with career planning, work search, and job maintenance. Call to get help with application forms, references, and resumés and access to other work search resources
- Find Work in Rural Alberta—tips for finding work in rural communities.
- Look for Work—links to information for every stage of work search
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