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Through Arts Co-op, Tina is making a positive impact while exploring her dream career in social work. For her first work term, Tina served as a First Nation Outreach Worker with the Squamish Nation. As an aspiring social worker hoping to help vulnerable individuals, Tina calls this co-op a “perfect fit” for her future goals. Collaborating with other Squamish Nation departments and external agencies like BC Hydro and Health Services, Tina was responsible for providing intake assessments to Squamish Band members who are facing crisis, offering emotional support and assessing how the Nation can best address their needs. Working on the frontline of Indigenous support services, Tina felt that “the issues and struggles Indigenous communities face are even more intricate and complex than we were taught” and she believes co-op has given her “insight, hands-on experience, and a better understanding of everyday problems” facing Indigenous communities. To Tina, this work term was “both a cultural and professional learning experience” – an opportunity to build her skills in social work while making a positive difference in the Indigenous community.