Indigenous student recruitment in the federal public service
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) allows hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students obtain employment related to their field of education within the federal public service across Canada.
Five Indigenous students working in different departments and agencies share their positive experience in the federal public service.
So, my name is Waseskon Awashish
I am Alexandra Mansour.
My name is Rylee Currie
My name is Patrick Gagné. I'm an Innu from Mashteuiatsh.
My name is Marie-Élaine Tremblay
I study Social Work in a Master's Programme.
I'm Innu and Atikamekw.
I study Public Relations at the University of Ottawa
I'm studying Bioinformatics at Université Laval.
I come from the Essipit community.
And I'm from the Mi'kmag Nation
Federal Student Work Experience Program
FSWEP is the Federal Student Work Experience Program.
It's an opportunity to get a good summer job and lots of experience for the future.
I found my job at Service Canada online through FSWEP.
Just go online to the FSWEP Website to click what you're good at. So for me, I clicked communications and I clicked Web and that's what led me to these jobs.
What surprises me is the variety of jobs available.
My name is Jean Picard. I'm from Wendake and work at Environment Canada. As a manager, I'm in charge of the hiring in my team. I make it a priority to look at Aboriginal candidates. So if there were a lot more Aboriginal students on the FSWEP list, I think we'd hire more than one per year.
The main benefits of doing an internship here or having a student job with the federal government is to get experience related to our area of study.
The salary is good, but that's not the only thing.
It's really fun. I work in a really great atmosphere, a really bright, wonderful atmosphere
The flexibility of my managers about my school schedule, the fact that I was able to change jobs depending on where I was studying.
On a resume it definitely looks good… It's Health Canada. It shows that I'm serious.
There is also the fact that I was able to perfect my English to the point that now, I'm bilingual.
As Aboriginals, I think that many doors can open for them.
A job. Experience. A career.
My name is Carly Norris. I am Innu from Matimekosh. I'm a federal prosecutor for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. I've had three summer employments for the Public Service of Canada after that I became a lawyer for Justice Canada.
My name is Charly Norris. I'm Innu and I'am a manager at the Canada Revenue Agency. My first job was to sort mail.
I'd really like to stay in the federal public service. I've grown to like the working environment.
I'm very fortunate with my employment. Being a prosecutor, it's something that I'm passionate about.
I'm really proud of the progression of my career.
So right now I've been extended for the fall part time… It's like I could possibly stay on with the public service.
And if I get the chance to have a permanent job in the public service, I definitely won't pass up the opportunity.