In September 2016, the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and the Business Council of BC (BCBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to working together to eliminate societal gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations, and to advance reconciliation through sustainable economic development.
Flowing from the MOU was the creation of the Champions Table, a group composed of 11 First Nations leaders, and 11 private sector leaders. An early joint initiative of the Champions Table is the creation of the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program. Qualifying indigenous post-secondary graduates will apply for intern positions in prominent BC companies for a two-year period at the employers’ expense. This will allow for a rich experience that builds personal experience, networks and knowledge for both the intern and other firm employees.
By providing recent graduates with workplace skills and training beyond their classroom learning, the initiative aims to assist in building a strong foundation towards a lasting career. The initiative is further intended to create opportunities to support Indigenous interns as future community leaders in business and BC’s economy, and to identify and fill the skill-gaps common to many First Nations communities. It is the hope of the BCAFN and the BCBC that these opportunities will help to open the door for and to new Indigenous employees; create capacity in Indigenous communities; and assist, over the long term, in advancing reconciliation and sustainable community economic development.
Please visit the FAQ Section to see additional instructions and to answer additional questions.
Please visit the “Employer Registration” page to create a CareerVIU account. You will receive a notice from Vancouver Island University once your account has been approved, at which point you may proceed onto the next steps. Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to register your organization and post your internship.
For a full list of employer instructions please review the following document: Employer Checklist.
Please visit the FAQ section to see additional instructions and to answer additional questions.
Check-Ins and Ongoing Surveys
To ensure the program continues to provide mutually beneficial experiences to both the intern and the employer, Vancouver Island University will issue online surveys to each of the interns and their employers twice a year throughout the two-year term.
The intention of the survey for participating Interns and Employers is to assist in capturing the experience throughout the duration of this project, to identify opportunities for program improvement, and ultimately to contribute to a final report. The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes and will be sent to interns and employers via email.
Share Your Experience
Share your photos and experiences on social media with the Indigenous Leadership Internship Program using the hashtag #BCFNIntern.
For information on the BC Assembly of First Nations, visit bcafn.ca
For information on the Business Council of British Columbia, visit bcbc.com