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CFIA's Indigenous Summer Student Program

Are you an indigenous student?

Come work for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) this summer and be a part of the Indigenous Summer Student Program!

My community is proud of everything I have done thus far; going to school and working for the CFIA. I think any Indigenous student's community would feel just as proud if they were to take an opportunity to develop a career as a public servant.

Krista Boyer, Mississauga First Nation

Gain valuable work experience in a comfortable work environment where you can express, share and celebrate your culture!

Contribute to the Canadian federal public service and have the potential opportunity to bridge into a career when you graduate from your post-secondary studies!

This exciting program will also include cultural events with other Indigenous students, skills training workshops, an Indigenous mentor and networking opportunities!

Watch our video

An Indigenous Student Experience

Duration: 4:15
Date: June 7, 2017

We foster a welcoming work environment for Indigenous students by supporting, accepting and celebrating Indigenous culture.

What do I need to apply for the Indigenous Summer Student (ISSP) program?

You need to be either a high school student or a student currently attending college or university.

To be eligible for this program, you also need to self-identify as Indigenous/Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis or Inuit).

What jobs are available to me as a student?

Many student positions are available nationally, including:

Are there any other components to ISSP aside from the work placement?

Besides the part time or full time work during your placement, you will also be involved in various events. There will be an orientation session early in the work placement, as well as bi-weekly cultural Indigenous events and training, workshop and network opportunities. You will also be assigned a mentor who is a CFIA Indigenous employee and member of the National Indigenous Advisory Circle (NIAC). You will be invited to attend NIAC committee meetings. At the end of the placement there will be a focus group with other students to share your experience.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you are interested in applying for the CFIA's Indigenous Summer Student Program, please send your resume to: A CFIA Application Questionnaire will be provided for students to self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and provide any work preferences (location, field of work, language, etc.).

If you would like more information on the program, please send an email with your questions, to

Additional Information

Education, training and jobs for Indigenous peoples

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