Indigenous career services for employers

We appreciate your efforts to support and champion the success of Indigenous students and communities at UCalgary. Our employer relations team and career development specialists, along with Writing Symbols Lodge, are happy to help you maximize your Indigenous recruitment strategy and facilitate meaningful connections with Indigenous students and recent graduates on our campus.

We offer a number of dedicated events to help you connect directly with students and promote your organization within the community. If you’re hoping to improve upon or create your company’s Indigenous recruitment strategy, or are looking to expand your organization’s intercultural capacity, we also offer many opportunities for education and knowledge sharing.

Get in touch

Sarah Jacknife

Career Development Specialist, Indigenous Students

sarah.jacknife@ucalgary.ca

Connect with students


Indigenous Student Career Fair

Get a head start on your recruitment efforts and foster key relationships with students early in the year. At our largest Indigenous career event of the year, you'll have the opportunity to engage with post-secondary students from institutions around Calgary.

Date: Feb. 3, 2021

Register early, as limited space is available. Registration opens in the fall. 

Indigenous Lunch and Learns

Hosted in Writing Symbols Lodge, these events allow you to connect directly with Indigenous students. Promote your organization, your corporate culture, and any current or future job opportunities while engaging and fostering relationships with students. 

Email us for more information, or to book

Employer education


Workplace transition for Indigenous students: Recruitment, hiring and retention practices

This comprehensive workshop caters to organizations that are interested in hiring Indigenous students and recent Indigenous graduates.  

In this workshop, employers will learn how to create an inclusive space for Indigenous employees to share their stories, culture, and identity throughout the hiring process, and as an employee. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing in the work-place and be equipped with tools to change their hiring and retention strategies.  

This workshop is catered to HR representatives, recruiters, and hiring managers. The workshop is interactive, and we recommend that a minimum of 4 representatives from your organization attend. The workshop will be offered virtually on Zoom, running approximately 2.5 hours.  

Cost: $50 ($25 for non-profit organizations) 

Availability: Thursday afternoons 

Book this employer workshop through CareerLink

Indigenous Relations Training Program (IRTP)

With increased economic activity, business development and growth/expansion in Indigenous communities, a basic level of knowledge about Indigenous people in Canada is a valuable asset for employers seeking to expand their cultural capacity. 

This four-day certificate course covers the historical context, current issues for Indigenous communities, trends, ways you can foster meaningful relationships and more. Corporate rates and alumni discounts are also available.

Learn more about IRTP and register

External resources


Federal support

The Government of Canada offers many opportunities to offset your labour costs for hiring students. Through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), you can be eligible for funding when you hire an Indigenous student or support Indigenous initiatives.

Provincial support

Government of Alberta — Indigenous employment training

  • Aboriginal Training to Employment Program (ATEP)

  • First Nations Training to Employment Program (FNTEP)

Community Futures Treaty 7

Community Futures Treaty 7 offers support for all First Nations status students in Treaty 7 territory. 

You can contact them at 403.251.9242, for more information about their post-secondary summer career placement program and the supports they offer to employers interested in hiring First Nations students. 

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) — Centre for Métis Excellence

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) — Centre for Métis Excellence offers support, training and certification for Métis individuals. Employers can get in touch with RLI for access to their programs that support the Métis community and help individuals enter the labour market.