The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative offers Indigenous youth in Canada the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work.
In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the IAYI project will provide 34 Indigenous youth internship opportunities in Uganda. Through this initiative, interns will help promote the connection between people, animals, and the environment, and empower young people to take action on community issues.
In Uganda, interns will engage in diverse projects that address environmental sustainability, gender equality and improving Indigenous livelihoods through forest conservation. They will receive in-depth training and education in forest conservation and will learn about the forestry industry by participating in research, management exercises, orientation, and teachings on new software and technology as well as fieldwork.
After the four-month internship, participants will receive support in job search training and engage with networks that understand and support the specific needs of Indigenous youth and their communities. Ultimately, the IAYI initiative aims to increase Indigenous youth’s participation in their communities and increase their employment opportunities in sustainable forestry in Canada, and international projects abroad.