Indigenous career programs

The following career programs are available for Indigenous students. For more information on these programs or about the co-op program, please contact the Indigenous coordinator.

Indigenous International Work-Integration Learning (WIL) Exchange Program

If you're an Indigenous co-op student, you may be able to travel to Australia to take part in a unique Indigenous co-op exchange (as part of our unique Indigenous International Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program). You'll complete a work term that connects you to Indigenous people and communities in Australia, while Indigenous students will travel to Victoria to take part in UVic's LE,NONET program and complete a community internship. Partner institutions include:

Hear from students who have taken part:

Career Fair and Mock Interview Clinic for Indigenous Students

Curious about career options? Want to practice your interview skills? Attend the Career Fair and Mock Interview Clinic for Indigenous Students to:

  • learn about career and co-op opportunities available to Indigenous students
  • network with company representatives and ask questions

This event is held in the fall and spring.

Why take part in the event?

LE,NONET Program

LE,NONET (pronounced "le-nong-it") is a SENĆOŦEN word that literally means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through to the other side". In a more figurative sense, LE,NONET can also be taken to mean "success after enduring many hardships."

The LE,NONET Community Internship (IS 321) is 120 hours of work experience carried out in an Indigenous community or organization of the student's choice. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this.

Students resources through the Indigenous Resource Hub

A series of resources for Indigenous students and employers hiring Indigenous students has been developed as part of the ACE-WIL Indigenous Resource Hub.

You can find resources to help you:

  • Navigate the process of self-locating and self-identifying
  • Determine what questions might be useful to ask employers
  • Interpret job postings and assess empoyers
  • Create tailored résumés and cover letters

CanWork Program

The CanWork program supports undergraduate students who identify as having a disability or mental health challenge to gain paid work experience. The program is open to students in these co-op programs:

  • Computer Science
  • Exercise, Physical and Health Education
  • Health Information Science
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Connect with the Indigenous co-op coordinator

David Busch

David Busch is the Indigenous co-op coordinator and can help you:

  • help you find culturally relevant co-op opportunities—projects or services that impact or partner with Indigenous communities
  • connect you with Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities who hire students
  • find career resources
“My name is David Busch. I am Nisga’a and Gitxsan as well as Scottish and German. I belong to the Eagle clan of the Nisga’a Nation. I was born and raised in Ladysmith B.C. My partner and I have two young daughters, the older one is  3 (almost 4) and newest is 11 months old. I don’t have a ton of spare time these days but when I do I love spending it with friends and family, playing/watching sports, and getting out on the land. I am really excited for the opportunity as the new Indigenous Co-op Coordinator and I look forward to getting to know everyone on the team as we work together in the near future.”  

You can reach David at or 250-721-6378.

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