RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Mi’kmaq Research Associate

  • Location: Iona, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: October 16, 2021

Mi’kmaq Research Associate

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Mi’kmaq Research Associate
  • Organization name: Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village
  • Job location: Iona, Nova Scotia
  • Length of assignment: 2021-11-01 to 2022-03-25 (20.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $20.00

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, located in Iona, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is a folk life centre dedicated to preserving the language, culture and identity of the Nova Scotia Gaels. Baile nan Gàidheal is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, operated locally by the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.


Baile nan Gàidheal is currently developing an outdoor interpretive exhibit to introduce its visitors to the Mi’kmaw peoples and their story. To support the development of the exhibit, the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society seeks to employ an intern through the Young Canada Works program as a Mi’kmaq Research Associate.


The term of employment will be 20 weeks, beginning on November 1, 2021. The wage rate is $20/hour based on a 40-hour work week. The position is located at the Highland Village site in Iona, Nova Scotia, with travel to Mi’kmaq communities on Cape Breton Island and the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University.


The student will work directly with the Interpretation Manager and a Curatorial Committee from the Mi’kmaq community to undertake primary research, develop storylines, draft scripts, identify images and materials; and finalize an exhibit plan.


The student should be enrolled in a Mi’kmaq (or Indigenous) Studies program at a Canadian University and be eligible for the Young Canada Works Internship Program; have documented experience with conducting primary historical research of an oral culture excellent communication skills, good time management skills, be able to work with others and alone, and must be able to provide a clean criminal records check if selected. Proficiency in the Mi’kmaq language is an asset.


This position is funded in part through for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are unemployed or underemployed;

• are a college or university graduate; and

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.



Interested candidates should submit an application with a cover letter and résumé demonstrating their interest and fit for the position. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2021. Applications must be received by 4 pm on the closing day. Applications may be sent via e-mail (, fax (902.725.2227), or mail (4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3).