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Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative Results

2018 Public service priorities


  • Agile in delivering results
  • Inclusive in developing ideas and making decisions
  • Equipped for excellence

To encourage Indigenous youth to consider a career in science, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) launched an Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative in February 2016.

In addition to supporting the Department's recruitment efforts and aligning with the Government of Canada's results and delivery agenda regarding Indigenous Peoples, the program encourages Indigenous youth to pursue studies in science. It also enables Indigenous students to gain experience and knowledge of various careers available at AAFC and other departments.

On the ground, outreach and cultural supports have been key to reaching Indigenous students. AAFC has engaged with:

  • Over 3,500 high school and post-secondary Indigenous students through Indigenous Career Fairs and Indigenous Learning Centers; and
  • Over 75 First National Chiefs through national gatherings and individual meetings.
Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative by the numbers
Year Summer term hires Continuation into the fall and winter terms
2016 21 10
2017 55 19
2018 65 33

Keys to success

  • Have an Indigenous Elder in the department to support the initiative and students
  • Support students in acting as ambassadors for the Initiative at their respective schools
  • Establish departmental champions across the organization to support managers in hiring students who are part of the Initiative
  • Ensure students are matched with jobs most suitable to their career objectives

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