Engage North

2019 Internship Opportunities

Position Descriptions

Beaver First Nation: 

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1) Lands and Consultation (Filled):  


Beaver First Nation lands are located on an economically valuable consultative territory. This means that the Nation is often involved in negotiations with forestry, oil and gas and other natural resource companies in the region. Engage North interns work as a part of the BFN Land and Resource Department to support their consultative processes, research historical and cultural land uses both on reserve and in the BFN consultative territory, as well as engaging in community projects that arise over the summer. Interns will also collaborate with community members and consultants as needed to support successful relationships between BFN and the natural resource industry. Some of the intern’s duties may include surveying lands (field work); assisting in mapping activities; completing research or literature reviews as required; aiding with and attending Treaty Land Entitlement meetings between Chief and Council and industry representatives, and planning projects for the Nation.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of undergraduate course work completed by May 2019 (some exceptions may apply).  Preference will be given to students with relevant experience or those in one of the following disciplines: Agriculture, Agriculture/Food Business Management, Environmental & Conservation Sciences, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Biology, Combined Environmental Conservation Sciences and Native Studies degree program, Environmental Earth Sciences, Planning and Human Geography.  

Youth Recreation Beaver First Nation

2) Youth and Recreation (COMPETITION OPEN)


The Youth and Recreation intern works with the Beaver First Nation Band Office to help provide programming after school and during the summer months, for youth living on the Boyer and Child Lake Reserves. Interns work closely with the Beaver First Nation Program Support Worker and University of Alberta mentors to develop programming and recreational opportunities for youth and community members throughout the summer. These duties include developing after-school programming for Rocky Lane School during May and June; developing summer break programming and activities; accompanying Beaver youth to events and camps within and outside of Boyer/Child Lake Reserves; participating in fundraising events for youth; and organizing community-wide events to facilitate inter-generational sharing of knowledge and skills. Interns are also expected to engage with the community in traditional events and gatherings as they arise. Interns are encouraged to develop a wide variety of programming, including arts and crafts workshops, sporting events and leadership development workshops. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of undergraduate course work completed by May 2019 (some exceptions may apply).  Students from any faculty may apply.


Dene Tha’ First Nation

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1) Health and Wellness (Filled)


Working with the Chateh Health Centre and Band Office, Community Health Representatives, community members, and community groups as appropriate, the intern will work to further the health needs of the community.  In 2019, the primary focus of the intern is to help develop workshops related to leadership development, health and nutrition and community gardening. An additional task will be to conduct a Cost-of-Living analysis for the community as living in the north can be significantly more expensive than in more southern regions.  The aim of this project is to help the band negotiate with funding agencies, for services, and for changes to salaries and benefits.  This will require strong research and report-writing skills. This position may also include helping to coordinate regular sporting events and educational camps for youth, as the intern may be asked to work with the Youth and Recreation intern. This internship has the potential to include travel with youth, to celebrations and camps outside of Chateh. 

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2) Youth and Recreation (Filled)


Working with the Health Centre, the Recreation Coordinator and community members, the Youth and Recreation intern will provide programming for children and youth in the Dene Tha’ community of Chateh. The Youth and Recreation intern supports youth programming and community recreation events throughout the summer. Interns work closely with Dene Tha' First Nation and University of Alberta mentors to develop programming and recreational opportunities for youth and community members throughout the summer. These duties include developing after-school programming during May and June; developing summer break programming for youth; accompanying Dene Tha’ youth to events and camps within and outside of the Dene Tha’ communities; participating in fundraising events for youth; and organizing community-wide events to facilitate inter-generational sharing of knowledge and skills. Interns are also expected to engage with the community in traditional events and gatherings as they arise. Interns are encouraged to develop a wide array of programming, which may include baking and cooking workshops, exercise and sporting events, STEM exercises, arts and crafts workshops and music development.

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