Atlantic Canadian Indigenous youth selected for international internship

June 17th, 2019

Atlantic Canadian Indigenous youth selected for international internship

Halifax, NS- Six Indigenous youth from the Atlantic provinces have been chosen from a national competition to participate in a four-month overseas internship program. More information about the program can be found at

Chloe Perley and Briana Soloman from New Brunswick, Alecia Spencer from Newfoundland, and James Blair, Brennan Googoo and Alicia Littlejohn from Nova Scotia are among 20 youth from across Canada selected to participate in this internship, where they will work and live overseas with a non-profit organization. The interns will be headed to Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Myanmar and Nepal.

The program is a partnership between the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, the Northern Council for Global Cooperation, BYTE Empowering Youth, the Confederation of Mainland Mi’kmaq, the Native Council of PEI and GPI Atlantic.

Alecia Spencer will be travelling to Costa Rica to work with the Alianza Nacional Rios y Cuencas de Costa Rica (ANRCCR) and the Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas de Talamanca (ACOMUITA). She will be providing program support on projects related to sustainable development and quality education.

Briana Soloman will be working with the Volunteer Youth Corps in Guyana, working on various projects to help improve quality of life for children and youth.

Brennan Googoo and Chloe Perley will both be travelling to Myanmar to work for the Thai Volunteer Service and the Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation. The two will be facilitating projects related to women and youth’s empowerment in the country.

James Blair and Alicia Littlejohn will work with the Rural Institute for Community Development in Nepal, where they will provide support for program related to women and children’s access to health and education.

“I have heard great things about Costa Rica,” says Spencer about her internship. “I can't wait to experience the nature, learn about the Indigenous people and their culture, and experience life there.”

The interns will meet in Ottawa for pre-departure training in August, before departing for their internships.

For more information and interviews with youth, please contact:

Emma Craig
Communications Assistant, ACIC


The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC supports its members in international cooperation and education through collective leadership, networking, information, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others.

ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. Through our public engagement work, ACIC strives to give Atlantic Canadians the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens.

ACIC is a rich and vibrant coalition; our varied members - over 60 in the Atlantic Provinces - are united by our strong commitment to building a better world. Please check the members page for more details on ACIC's membership.

The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) is a network of individuals, organizations and institutions based in Canada's three Northern Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NCGC works to include our whole community through educational programming, community networking, supporting projects that align with our mission and vision, and dismantling knowledge and skill barriers through a commitment to social justice. NCGC is committed to achieving sustainable global development that is just, inclusive, and respectful of the environment and all cultures.