In February 2018 ACIC and NCGC (Northern Council for Global Cooperation) received funding from Global Affairs Canada for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative! See the announcement HERE.
To get involved check out our internship page HERE!
ACIC and NCGC have brought together a Consortium of indigenous- and youth-serving organizations to empower indigenous youth in Canada as global citizens in their own communities and beyond. Building on the collective international development expertise of our member organizations and collaborative relationships with other Councils, we are working to support and engage indigenous youth as global citizens, particularly but not exclusively in two under-served areas of Canada: the Atlantic and the North. In designing this program, we have taken a holistic approach to supporting indigenous youth in their growth as engaged global citizens, incorporating Elders, indigenous knowledge, families and community members, indigenous community organizations, and local partner organizations who work in priority development sectors in indigenous communities in the Global South. This is more than an opportunity for youth, it's an opportunity for the whole community! For more information on the IIIY Program fill out the form HERE or contact Dylan Letendre, IIIY Program Manager, at email@example.com
Our program is being undertaken within a formal Consortium, which includes ACIC, NCGC, (Bringing Youth Towards Equality) BYTE - Empowering Youth Society, and two Canadian Indigenous organizations including: the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM), and the Native Council of PEI (NCPEI). Further support for the program will come through partnerships with the Inter-Council Network (ICN) who work from coast to coast to coast, ACIC member organization, Genuine Progress Institute (GPI Atlantic) and our five international partners in Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Nepal, and Thaliand/Myanmar/Cambodia.
Since 2002, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) has offered over 100 internships in 16 countries through the International Youth Internships Program funded by Global Affairs Canada. These internships provide youth (age 18-35) with international development experience, skills, and knowledge to help better prepare them for future employment, while advancing Canadian development objectives.
ACIC works with its Canadian member organizations and their international partners to offer interns valuable experience both overseas as well as in Canada. Interns work in the areas of environmental conservation, solidarity work with indigenous communities around the world, securing the future of children and youth, stimulating sustainable economic growth, and increasing food security. Through these experiences, interns develop skills and experience that will assist them in securing employment, enabling them to make connections and develop relationships with many Canadian development practitioners, and in becoming leaders in global citizenship in their own communities.
While we are very excited to be delivering the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program (IIIYP) we regret that ACIC was not successful in obtaining funding from Global Affairs Canada for the upcoming round of the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP).
To keep up date on Canadian organizations that have received funding to implement international internships, however, we encourage you to check the following webpage for a list of available internships: www.international.gc.ca.