Career Resources for Indigenous Students
The KPU Career Development Centre is committed to ensuring all students have access to information that will help them make informed career and employment decisions. The Career Development Centre encourages Indigenous students and alumni to make an appointment with a Career Coach. We can work together for a more diverse and inclusive labour market.
These guides are designed to raise the awareness of First Nations youth and their families about career possibilities, and to show examples of how to navigate education and training pathways to those careers.
ACCESS provides training and employment services to Indigenous people living in Greater Vancouver.
Indigenous Careers connects First Nations, Inuit & Métis with inclusive employers across Canada.
Skilled Trades BC's (formerly ITABC) Indigenous Initiatives team works closely with Indigenous communities, Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) holders, training providers and employers across B.C. to make trades training accessible to rural and urban communities.
The FNHA works to support the development of a culturally safe workforce for First Nations people. This includes increasing the number of First Nations people in health careers.
There are many public-service-wide job opportunities available to you, as well as opportunities run by specific departments and agencies. Click here to learn more about these opportunities.
Explore your options and build your career using the websites and services on this page: pursue post-secondary education; get funding for your education; gain work experience and job skills; create or expand your own business.
This guide is a toolkit that includes a wide range of information on programs and services, resources, tips, checklists and worksheets to support your career planning.
Follow this link for a list of questions you can ask employers developed by Indigenous students from UVic’s Native Students Union (NSU), to help employers better support and retain Indigenous employees in the workplace.
This worksheet is designed to help Indigenous students independently research and assess a prospective employers’ values, behaviours, and diversity initiatives.
Indigenous Engagement Librarian - Rachel Chong, Liaison Librarian. A Liaison Librarian is a subject specialist, and knows the resources in your area of study best.
Indigenous Entrepreneurship - There are unique challenges and opportunities for Indigenous entrepreneurs. The resources here are specifically collected to help Indigenous Peoples (in Canada or America) navigate the legal and financial aspects of entrepreneurship.
The Gathering Place - The Gathering Place is a space that supports the social and educational activities associated with attending KPU in an environment that recognizes the important contribution of the Kwantlen, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qay'Qayt, Katzie, and all other Indigenous Nations.
Indigenous Student Self-Identification - Self-Identification will assist KPU with the tracking of university participation and completion rates for Indigenous students and its overall strategic goals of providing a learning environment that is accessible and responsive to the needs of Indigenous students and Indigenous communities.
Indigenous Services for Students - Indigenous Services for Students is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of students.
Elder in Residence - In 2015, KPU appointed its first Elder in Residence, Lekeyten of the Kwantlen First Nation. In his role, Lekeyten supports Indigenous students on their educational journey sharing knowledge, traditions, teachings, and promoting an understanding and respect for Indigenous perspectives, cultures, and values.
Bursaries, Awards and Scholarships - Financial Help on Your Career Journey
Indspire - Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
The Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society - The Society offers Indigenous Award programs for students pursuing post-secondary education in BC.
New Relationship Trust - The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building.
Health Sciences Association - HSA provides two $1500 bursaries to Indigenous students from BC who are continuing or proceeding in any HSA-related field.
First Citizens Fund Student Bursary - This Student Bursary Program provides funding to students of Aboriginal ancestry to help support their post-secondary education.
For additional financial awards, including those specific to KPU, please visit the KPU Indigenous Services Scholarships & Awards page: kpu.ca/indigenous/awards
Decoda Literacy Solutions - Culturally relevant financial literacy resources developed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people.
RBC Financial Literacy for Indigenous Peoples Course - The RBC Financial Literacy for Indigenous Peoples Course was created in response to calls from residential school survivors and First Nations youth who recommended financial training as a means to maximizing the benefits of financial compensation.