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Native Youth Program 2020 Application

Job Title: Native Youth Program Participant

Deadline to Apply: September 17, 2020

Compensation: $12.65 hourly

Duration: October 3–December 12, 2020

Hours Per Week: 10 hours per week, 9 am – 4 pm on Saturdays

Activities may include:

Creating podcasts, zines and short films
Learning from Elders, mentors, and artists
Researching the museum collection about material that matters to you
Giving guided museum tours
Presenting the Reciprocal Research Network to museum visitors

What will you gain?

Seven weeks training and work experience exploring traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultures from your own experiences and research.


Candidates must be 15 to 18 years old, enrolled in secondary school and have an interest in First Nations heritage and culture.

How to apply

Email your application to, NYP Manager, Nicole North Peigan. Or you can mail, fax, or drop it off at the Museum of Anthropology care of the Native Youth Program (NYP) before 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 17th, 2020. The following is a list of things applicants should submit.

  1. A hand-written letter stating why you wish to be hired as a student in the NYP and why you think you are appropriate for the job. Please tell us about your interest in First Nations culture and any First Nations activities or organizations that you have been involved with past or present.
  2. A typed or hand-written resume. Include the names and telephone numbers of people we may call for references. Please make sure that your current telephone number and email address are included on your resume.
  3. Please complete one of the following two assignments and submit it with your letter and resume. Do not heavily rely on references or research books for the assignment, as strict essay format is not mandatory. The composition should be 1-2 double spaced pages in length and interesting to read. Allow yourself to be creative and expressive. Remember there are no right or wrong answers; we simply want your own impressions and ideas

Assignment 1: Visit the Museum

Select a piece at the Museum of Anthropology that is interesting to you and write about it. Tell us why the object interests you and what purpose it serves in First Nations culture. If you are personally connected to an object (for example, if it comes from your area or culture), you may want to include details that are not part of the Museum’s description. You may use labels, source books, the online catalogue system, and any other information you find relevant. Along with your descriptive composition of the piece you may wish to include a drawing.

Assignment 2: Thoughts and Issues

Focus on a First Nations issue that is important to you and write about that subject and how it affects aboriginal people today. Some examples may include First Nations education, Native youth issues, land claims, aboriginal rights, self-government, treaties etc. Describe your views on the subject and state why you have chosen the specific topic and how it affects you as a First Nation’s youth.

Please ensure that we receive all three components of this application. We will contact you as soon as possible to make an appointment for an interview. Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes. Thank you very much for your interest. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at or