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The goal of the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices at the Museum is to offer First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants professional and technical training. The Program operates from September to April of each year, with a two week break for the holiday season.


To offer practical experience for Aboriginal people who would like to broaden their knowledge and skills in various aspects of museum work.


Candidates can undertake practicum assignments lasting four to five weeks, in the following divisions of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum:

  • Research
  • Collections
  • Exhibitions
  • Public Programs
  • Public Affairs and Publishing
  • Development
  • Museum Services


Candidates must hold a secondary school diploma. Those with less than Grade 12 education will be considered on the basis of demonstrable experience in cultural interpretation or related skills.

Financial Support

The Museum provides a small stipend, travel, training and facilities for the Program. Participants are encouraged to seek additional sources of financial support to cover living expenses.

If you wish to participate in this program, please submit the following documents:

  • A résumé with permanent and current addresses, telephone numbers, academic background and employment history.
  • A personal statement indicating how the the practicum or internship relates to your experience, academic goals, and/or professional development.
  • Two letters of reference attesting to your previous experience and career goals in a museum or cultural heritage field. The letter should be from an Aboriginal community or organization, or an individual who occupies a position of responsibility.

Application Deadline

Documents must be received by April 30th of each year.

Please forward them to:

    RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices
    C/O Coordinator
    Canadian Museum of History
    100 Laurier Street
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A 0M8
    Tel: 819-776-8270
    Fax: 819-776-7110


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