An Introspective: Co-op and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

 

Applying to the Arts Co-op Program was one of the best decisions I have made in my academic career along with majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies (now known as Gender and Women’s Studies).

I love the friendly and inclusive environment in the Women’s and Gender Studies (WaGS) program that I haven’t found anywhere else. It’s great to be in classes where we have the opportunity to think critically in an intellectually stimulating setting as opposed to merely memorizing facts and formulas.

I believe that the analytical skills and passion for feminist issues I developed from WaGS courses were essential for my acceptance into the Arts Co-op Program and for obtaining the co-op positions I had. Prior to Co-op, I knew what I was interested in learning about but I had no idea what kind of careers that I could pursue with my major.

Arts Co-op has introduced me to the wide range of potential options and I have gained extensive knowledge, skills, and contacts that will be invaluable for future job applications. I strongly recommend that all WaGS students apply to the Arts Co-op Program.

For my Co-op terms, I worked for the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat Admissions Unit and the Resolution Sector of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. It was very exciting to be able to work in this area during the commencement of the Settlement Agreement and the Prime Minister’s apology to survivors of the Indian Residential School systems.

My work felt meaningful since the files were more than numbers, they represented a person that suffered through horrific physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and I would not have had this opportunity to help resolve the legacy of Indian Residential Schools without the Arts Co-op Program.


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