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Scholarships/Awards and programs from Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak and its community partners

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre: Just TV
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Are you aged 16 to 24?

Interested in working with multimedia?

Want to explore your artistic side through music and video?

This program provides youth a chance to express themselves through multimedia while also exploring career options within this exciting field! Youth take part in all facets of the audio and video industry from script writing to production while making personal videos and works aimed at dissuading young children from drugs, crime and gang activity. All videos and projects are showcased at a year-end celebration for friends, families, and supporters! Call 204-772-9253 for more information.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Secretariat - Eagle's Nest Program
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Are you an Indigenous youth living in Winnipeg between the ages of 15 to 30? Are you unemployed but interested in work or going back to school?

Try out the Eagle's Nest Program offered at the Eagle Urban Transition Centre. This program works with Indigenous youth who are out-of-school or unemployed and offers them support and guidance to return to school, enroll in training opportunities or obtain employment. Youth are provided the opportunity to gain certifications such as First Aid/ Level C CPR, Level 1 Food Handlers and ASIST (Suicide Prevention Training), as well as have the chance to enjoy recreation activities, cultural activities, listen to speakers throughout the community and have volunteer opportunities. All of the above will contribute to your self-confidence and career readiness!

If you are interested in this program, please call the Eagle's Nest Coordinators, Aldora Fair at or Justin Rivera at .

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Website

Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg - Youth Recreation Activity Worker Program
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Youth Recreation Activity Worker Program

The Youth Recreation Activity Worker program is a nine-month, full-time employability skills program that provides opportunity for inner city youth ages 18-29 to gain valuable work experience, combined with an education component. The proposed start date for this year’s program is September 12, 2016 running till the end of May 2017. This program will enable them to work in places such as recreational drop-in centres, activity centres, group homes, treatment centres, day cares, etc. throughout Winnipeg and other communities.

The program consists of academic courses, life skills training and a practicum placement. Tuition and all books will be covered. Students also receive $300 bi-weekly for participating. There is no cost for this program. Location for this program will take place at Red River College’s Princess Street downtown campus.

Individuals who are interested in applying for the program will be required to attend a mandatory information session at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg located at 300-61 Juno Street. Applications will be given out at the information sessions.

For more information and to register for an information session please call the Youth Recreation recruitment line at 204-982-4943 or 204-982-4948 and leave a message. To view the course outlines for this program, please visit Red River College – Youth Recreation Activity Worker Program.

Aboriginal Carpentry Program
Indigenous Leadership development Institute INC

Want to get into a trade? How about carpentry?

In partnership with the Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak, Manitoba Government and Red River College, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. delivers an Aboriginal Carpentry Program for Indigenous youth over the age of 19. The program accepts 18 students per 10-month session starting every September

Students can obtain:

  • Level 1 Accreditation in Carpentry;
  • Eligibility to receive 900 credited hours towards apprenticeship;
  • CPR/First Aid certifications;
  • WHMIS certifications;
  • Connections to employment opportunities in the construction trades industry; and a
  • Mature Student Grade 12 Diploma.

Entrance requirements:

  • Must be of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) descent;
  • At least 19 years of age
  • Complete a level placement test to determine Grade 10 standing
  • Eligible for funding support

If you are interested in this program, please contact Amber Sumner at (204) 940-1700 or for more information.

Summer Career Week Opportunities

Every summer, Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak partners with Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) to offer two awesome careers weeks for Indigenous youth at no cost! Each career week allows youth to explore exciting careers in the fields of law enforcement, firefighting or paramedicine. Participants will learn about the education and skill requirements needed to have a career with WPS or WFPS. The programs incorporate fun, hands-on learning activities such as wearing uniforms while performing in simulation practices. Bus tickets, lunches, snacks and other supports are provided as well.

The deadline for this summer’s career week program is Wednesday July 6, 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in next summer’s programs become an to be updated on when we begin our next intake.

Next Step Award

The Next Step Award is a financial assistance program designed by an Indigenous youth, Clairissa Kelly, to assist Indigenous youth in pursuing their education or employment goals. Each summer, awards up to $1,000.00 will be given to successful candidates.

Criteria for the Next Step Award include:

  • Must be nominated by one of Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak’s community partners. See our community partner listing.
  • Must be currently involved with or have been involved with the community partner in the past two years.
  • Must be of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) between the ages of 15 to 30.
  • Must be living in Winnipeg.
  • Must have a plan in place to take the “next step” in meeting education and/or employment goals

Please note the application deadline for this year’s program was July 10, 2015. Applications can be picked up at one of our community partner locations. Feel free to if you have any questions.

Aboriginal Education & Civic Pathways Award

The City of Winnipeg offers a scholarship and service award program for Indigenous students attending schools located in Winnipeg within all the school divisions (Winnipeg School Division; St. James-Assiniboia; Pembina Trails; Seven Oaks School Division; Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine, River East Transcona; Louis Riel.


  • The program is designed to encourage students to stay in school and to consider post-secondary education in careers found at the City of Winnipeg (Public Service).
    • Some of the careers are: Planners; Architects; Engineers; Technologists; Librarians; Accountants; Information Technology Specialists; Police Officers; Paramedics; Firefighters; trades (ex: electrician, pipefitters, welders).


The awards are open to all Indigenous students attending school full time within the seven school divisions in Winnipeg in grades 7 to 12, with preference being given to students who are experiencing social or financial hardship. Students must be nominated by a teacher or administrator who is familiar with the student’s academic performance, family situation and extracurricular activities.


Scholarship recipients will be selected by a City of Winnipeg panel on a competitive basis through an evaluation of students’ demonstrated academic achievement as provided by teachers on the application form, teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities, and career interests.

Junior High School Scholarships (Grade 7-9)

$250 Scholarships will be awarded at the end of the school year to one Indigenous student in grade 7, 8 and 9 in each school division who has successfully completed their school year and demonstrated academic achievement and extracurricular activities.

The scholarships will be awarded based on the following:

  • Student must be enrolled full time and have good attendance as reported by the applicants school;
  • Preference will be being given to students who are experiencing social or financial hardship;
  • A combination of academic performance and extracurricular activities.

7-9 AECPA Application

Senior High School Scholarships (Grade 10-11)

$400 Scholarships will be awarded to one Indigenous Student in each school division in Grade 10 and 11 who have successfully completed their school year and have demonstrated academic achievement and extracurricular activities.

The scholarships will be awarded based on the following:

  • Student must be enrolled full time attendance and have good attendance;
  • Preference being given to students who are experiencing social or financial hardship;
  • A combination of academic performance (75% or higher in English, Math and Science) and extracurricular activities.

10-11 AECPA Application

Post-Secondary Entrance Scholarship (Grade 12)

One graduating grade 12 student in each school division enrolled in post-secondary education at a recognized university or community college will be awarded $1000 towards their first year tuition expenses.

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:

  • Student must be a graduate of high school with preference being given to students who are experiencing social or financial hardship;
  • A combination of academic performance (75% or higher in English, Math and Science) and extracurricular activities;

12 AECPA Application

Summer Work Placement Program

Two full time summer jobs will be awarded to grade 12 students in each school division who have applied to the Aboriginal Scholarship & Service Award.

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age or older and expressed interest in civic career opportunities;
  • Those students interested in summer employment will be notified of the type of jobs available and will be interviewed to determine suitability.

All applications should be mailed, emailed or faxed to
City of Winnipeg
C/O of Danielle Carriere, Community Development Worker
1st Floor - 510 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9
Fax: 204-986-3969

Application Checklist

Your application pakcage should include the following:

  • Completed and signed application.
  • Nomination letter from school
  • For Grade 12 graduates wanting to be considered for the $ 1000 post-secondary award – proof of enrollment into a post-secondary institution or forward as soon as possible.
  • Resume (Only grade 12 students interested in a summer job. Must at least 16 years of age).

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The NEW deadline for the award is May 12, 2017

Post-Secondary Scholarship - Deadline July 14, 2017

Scholarships in the amount of $1000.00 awarded to Indigenous students who are enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized post-secondary institution in Winnipeg.

The $1,000.00 scholarship is provided to students to assist with tuition expenses and is provided directly to the institution on their behalf.

Complete application package and submit by July 14, 2017.
Post Secondary Scholarship Application

Eligibility criteria:

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:

  • Must be of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Métis or Inuit).
  • Must be 30 years of age or under.
  • Must provide proof of registration at a recognized university or community college in a full-time program starting in the Fall of the current year. For the purposes of this scholarship, full time is defined by the educational institution.
  • Show a combination of academic achievement and community leadership.
  • If an applicant's tuition expenses will be paid to the institution through another source of funding, the applicant will be ineligible to receive this award.
  • Preference will be given to students interested in careers with the City of Winnipeg.
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre - Future Is Yours Program
General Supports for Youth

Should a barrier prevent a youth in realizing their potential for an opportunity with the City of Winnipeg, we offer supports in addressing them. Supports can include assistance with Criminal Record Checks, First Aid and CPR certificates, etc. Requests for assistance are reviewed on a case by cases basis in a confidential manner.

Spence Neighbourhood Association - First Jobs 4 Youth

Spence Neighbourhood Association

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Are you 16 to 18 years old?
Do you live in the Spence neighbourhood?
Do you want to gain work experience and new skills?

FJ4Y is a paid summer and fall work experience and employment training program! During the summer work program, participants gain certificates, skills and experience while completing workshops and assisting with the organization’s programs or community gardens. The following fall when classes resume, successful participants are offered part-time work placements with local businesses, agencies or institutions.

Ka Ni Kanichihk - Honouring Gifts
Resource Assistance for Youth - Growing Opportunities

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc.

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RaY works with street-entrenched and homeless youth to overcome obstacles to employment. The program provides assistance with addressing barriers such as lack of personal supports, relevant identification, education, experience and/or varied personal circumstances. Workers help youth identify their goals, seek training opportunities, find supportive work placements and sustain employment once it is obtained.

Employment opportunities offered by the City of Winnipeg:

Video Internships

Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak offers a 12-month video internship to work in the Indigenous Relations Division. This exciting opportunity allows interns to participate and experience a variety of local and City-arranged events to capture memorable moments on film. Interns also work with many civic departments and our community partners to create informational or promotional videos on projects and programs.

Check out the work of all of our previous video interns in our Videos Gallery.

Unfortunately, we currently have no vacant openings for this opportunity. We highly encourage you to so we can notify you as soon as a position becomes available.

Website Internship

In partnership with the City of Winnipeg’s Corporate Web Services Branch, we offer a 12-month web internship. The web intern is responsible for maintaining the Indigenous Relations Division Website and Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak website to ensure the Indigenous community can access information, resources and opportunities. Other responsibilities include graphic design and providing technical assistance to corporate web projects within the City of Winnipeg’s internal and external websites.

Unfortunately, we currently have no vacant openings for this opportunity. We highly encourage you to so we can notify you as soon as a position becomes available.

2016 Summer Recreation Technicians Job Fair

The City of Winnipeg’s Community Services Department is holding a job fair for the annual recruitment of summer recreation technicians. Please note Community Services is accepting applications and conducting interviews at the job fair only.

Dates and Times: Thursday, April 14 (8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 15 (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Location Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
625 Osborne Street

As a Recreation Technician you will:

  • Help to enrich the recreational experiences for participants related to an assigned position;
  • Work collaboratively to create a positive atmosphere of inclusion for all participants related to an assigned position;
  • Creatively develop daily activity plans for children, youth or young adults related to an assigned position;
  • Supervise participants, volunteers and equipment/facilities related to an assigned position; and
  • Work as part of a dynamic workforce, while gaining valuable work experience.

Read the full details of the job fair and types of recreation positions available on Winnipeg HR – Summer 2016 Recreation Technicians.

Please also note these positions require a criminal record check, and Level “C” CPR/First Aid certification upon offer of employment. If you are an Aboriginal youth between the ages of 15-30 and obtaining one or more of the requirements is a barrier, please and we may be able to provide you financial assistance to overcome that barrier. It’s also important that you self-declare in your application so we can track your application through the hiring process.

Current Job Openings

Volunteer Opportunities

Career Events and Outreach Services

Co-op Placements and Apprenticeships

Employment opportunities offered by external organizations:

Workshop schedule at CAHRD
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Below is a weekly workshop schedule at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD).

Workshops include:

  • Self-Assessment
  • Level Placement Test to determine education level
  • Neeginan College of Applied Technology Orientation
  • Resume Building
  • Cover Letter Building
  • Interview Skills
CAHRD Weekly Workshop Schedule

For more information or to register for one of the above workshops, please contact:

Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)
304-181 Higgins Avenue
Winnipeg Manitoba R3B 3G1
Telephone: 204-989-7110
Fax: 204-989-7113

Educational opportunities offered by external organizations:

Business Council of Manitoba – Aboriginal Education Awards

The Business Council of Manitoba offers a scholarship program to help Indigenous students attend a recognized university or college in Manitoba. Institutions include Assiniboine Community College, Booth University College, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Providence University College, Red River College, Steinbach Bible College, University College of the North, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface, and Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.

If you are of Indigenous ancestry, you are eligible to apply for this award, provided you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of Canada and permanent resident of Manitoba, having resided in Manitoba for the last 12 months;
  • You plan to enroll in one of the recognized and authorized Manitoba post-secondary institutions in the upcoming academic year, in any discipline (trades, business, general studies, science, etc.);
  • You maintain fulltime status (at least a 60% course load);
  • You are in need of financial assistance; and
  • If you are receiving funding from other sources, you may still apply for this award to cover additional costs.

Please note the deadline for this award program is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

For applications and more information on this award program, please visit Business Council of Manitoba – Aboriginal Education Awards.

University of Manitoba - Engineering Access Program

Did you know? Less than one percent of engineers in Canada are Indigenous and there is a strong demand for engineers with an Indigenous background.

The Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) provides an opportunity for students of Indigenous ancestry, who may not have had access to the resources to obtain the prerequisites required to get into, prepare for, and succeed in engineering.

Application deadline is May 1st. Please visit for more information.

Download the ENGAP Promotional Poster

2016 Neeginan College of Applied Technology Programs

2016 Programs Include:

  • Aerospace Composite Manufacturing Program
  • Carpentry/Construction Program
  • Computer Numerical Control Operation Program
  • Gas Tungsten Arc/Tungsten Inert Gas Welding Program
  • Gas Turbine Repair & Overhaul Program
  • Industrial Manufacturing Program
  • Information and Office Administration Program
  • Machining Program
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Program
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant Program
  • Welding Program

If you are interested in learning more about the college and its programs, register for a tour. Tours start at 9:00 a.m. every Friday (excluding holidays) at 304-181 Higgins Avenue.

Contact (CARHD) Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. to register:

304-181 Higgins Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3G1
Telephone: 204-989-7110
Fax: 204-989-7113

Download the 2016 Neeginan College Poster

2016 For a Better World Internship

This is an opportunity to check out your future profession and apply for a paid internship in your field with an Aboriginal organization located in Winnipeg. The paid internship may be for four months, part-time in the school year or for two months plus part-time work during the school year. Internships will provide a stipend of $2,500 (gross) per month for fulltime summer placements. Part-time placements during the school year of up to $2,500 per term are based on 10 hours per week for approximately 16 weeks.

Better World Internship Application

Last update: July 21, 2017
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