The goal of the Program is to develop ways for Indigenous nations across Canada to represent their own history and culture in concert with cultural institutions.
The RBC Indigenous Internship Program offers professional and technical training for First Nations, Métis and Inuit participants. It is the only program of its kind in Canada. The goal of the Program is to develop ways for Indigenous nations across Canada to represent their own history and culture in concert with cultural institutions.
Since 1993, the Program has welcomed interns from over 40 different Indigenous nations across Canada. Graduates have gone on to become role models and advocates in museum and cultural sectors. Upon completing the Program, many graduates have used their training and experience to become community museum staff, directors, instructors and government employees, or to help them select a specific area of expertise in which to further their studies. Others have taken on leadership roles in organizations such as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Haudenosaunee Cultural Resources Protection Program.
The Program also works with a variety of affiliates and stakeholders such as First Nations agencies, national museums, the federal government, local colleges and universities, provincial museums, Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Conservation Institute, the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, as well as some of the First Nations that have museums, libraries, cultural centres or cultural tourism ventures.
Guest alumna Margaret Fireman (Cree) addresses the attendees at the 20th anniversary graduation ceremony in 2013
The goal of the RBC Indigenous Internship Program 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 Indigenous people who would like to broaden their knowledge and skills in various aspects of museum work.
A Closer Look at Museum Training for Indigenous People in Canada
On April 20, 2018, the Canadian Museum of History hosted an Alumni Day to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Indigenous Internship Program (formerly known as the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices). Graduates of the program gathered to celebrate and to take a collective look at innovative ways of developing cultural-heritage opportunities for Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Moderated by Jameson Brant, former Program Coordinator, A Closer Look at Museum Training for Indigenous People in Canada features perspectives from former alumni Karyne Holmes (Métis), Archivist; Curtis Lazore (Mohawk), Environmental Assessment Officer; and Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George (Squamish).
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