Opportunities for Indigenous Students

Watch as several Indigenous students share their experiences working at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), in positions acquired through the Federal Student Work Experience Program.

Video transcript

[Light electronic music fades up.]

[Two workers are pruning apple trees in an orchard.  The title of the video appears over this image.]

Text on screen:  Opportunities For Indigenous Youth, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

[The video cuts to an image of Sterling-Rae King.  She is standing against a black background and is speaking slightly off camera.]

Sterling-Rae King:  My name is Sterling-Rae and I'm from the BC Metis Nation.

[The video cuts to an image of Alexandra Freedman. She is standing against a black background and is speaking slightly off camera.]

Alexandra Freedman: My name is Ali and I am Metis.

[The video cuts to an image of Kaylie Atkinson.  She is standing against a black background and is speaking slightly off camera.]

Kaylie Atkinson:  My name is Kaylie Atkinson and I am First Nations status.

[The video cuts to an image of Brayden Jones.  He is standing against a black background and is speaking slightly off camera.]

Brayden Jones:  My name is Brayden Jones and I am Metis.

[Cut back to Sterling-Rae King.]

Sterling-Rae King:  What attracted me to work with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

[Cut to a shot of Sterling-Rae taking readings in a vineyard.]

...was that it was the perfect opportunity to be able to continue my learning throughout the summer in an out of classroom setting.

[Cut back to Alexandra Freedman.]

Alexandra Freedman:  I applied through the FSWEP program and I self-identified as indigenous.  When I first got the job I didn't really know what agriculture was.  I just thought it was dealing with cows and pigs.

[Cut to a shot of Brayden Jones working in a lab.]

Kaylie Atkinson:  You're doing hands on stuff everyday so it's definitely something you're going to use in the future.

[Cut back to Kaylie Atkinson.]

I've learned a lot so far.

[Cut back to Brayden Jones.]

Brayden Jones:  I'm a first year student just coming out of university and I'm working right beside a researcher.

[Cut back to Sterling-Rae King.]

Sterling-Rae King:  I think the most surprising thing about working here is being able to see all the different jobs that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada offers.

[Cut to a series of shots showing the different types of work available through AAFC.]

There's more than just the science and research part of this and all the other jobs coming in.

[Cut to a shot of an employee walking up to the front doors of the Summerland Research and Development Centre.]

Alexandra Freedman:  I would definitely recommend getting into the government.

[Cut back to Alexandra Freedman.]

I think now more than ever, if you're given the chance, or if you're able to put yourself out there and make a name for yourself and make a name for indigenous youth, and in general just indigenous people in the government of Canada, that's a major thing.

[Cut back to Kaylie Atkinson.]

Kaylie Atkinson:  Being an indigenous woman, I think it's so important for other indigenous youth to work in the government.

[Cut back to Alexandra Freedman.]

Alexandra Freedman:  There's tons of jobs out there especially if you're indigenous.  It truly is a rewarding experience and it looks great on a resume as well.

[Cut back to Brayden Jones.]

Brayden Jones:  It seems like just yesterday that I started.  I can't believe how much I've grown this summer.

[Cut back to a shot of Sterling-Rae King working in a vineyard.]

Sterling-Rae King:  I really like working for the government.  I think it's a great opportunity.

[Cut back to Sterling-Rae King.]

I would definitely recommend it.

[Cut back to Kaylie Atkinson.]

Kaylie Atkinson:  I definitely would recommend it.

[Cut back to Brayden Jones.]

Brayden Jones:  The more people that are able to get involved with it, the better.

[Cut back to Alexandra Freedman.]

Alexandra Freedman:  There's so much that this department deals with, there's so much science, and so much thought that goes behind everything about agriculture. It's a great learning experience.

[Fade to black.]

[Fade up from black.]

Text on screen:  For more information contact AAFC's Elder, Mervin Traverse at mervin.traverse@canada.ca

[The Canada wordmark appears on the screen with an animated Canadian flag over the last letter of the word.]

Text on screen:  Canada

[Black text appears under the Canada wordmark.]

Text on screen:  © Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Canada, represented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2016).

[Light electronic music fades out.]

[Fade to white.]

For more information on AAFC’s Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative, contact Jill Hull at jill.hull@agr.gc.ca or
613-773-2026.

Want to know more about working at AAFC? Check out Opportunities for Indigenous Employees.

Date modified: