CO-OP STUDENTS Communications Assistant(s) (Winter 2019)


Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) continues to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis; modernize Government of Canada structures to enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination; and lead the Government of Canada’s work in the North.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Travel costs (airfare, bus, train, etc.) will be covered for those individuals who are hired to travel to and from the National Capital Region.

Selected candidates will have to obtain a security clearance. The clearance is mandatory to work in the federal government.  The process to obtain it will be coordinated by CIRNAC and ISC.


  • ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • experience working efficiently to meet tight deadlines
  • experience in the preparation of texts and visuals for publication
  • experience in writing or editing (English or French or both)
  • general knowledge of Indigenous cultures and issues in Canada
  • proficiency in one of the official languages (English/French)


  • general knowledge of public relations techniques
  • experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada or Indigenous organizations
  • proficiency in both official languages (English/French)


The Communications Branch

The branch supports programs to ensure that CIRNAC and ISC employees and the public have a better understanding of Indigenous and Northern issues, and of the priorities and results of both departments. Communications is an integral part of government services to the public for an open and transparent flow of information. Communications is responsible for:

  • informing Canadians about the work of CIRNAC and ISC, in an accessible and accountable manner
  • maintaining an open flow of information with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Northerners

You will work with a team of qualified communications professionals who provide strategic communications advice and support to both departments.

The work assigned to you will be job specific. Your tasks will depend on the team you are assigned to:

Internal Communications Team

  • participating in the production of:
    • “The Express”, the internal newsletter of the departments
    • “Spirit”, the internal magazine of the departments
    • Deputy Minister’s messages, blogs and other communications
  • assisting in the production of videos, podcasts, blogs, etc.
  • assist with event planning, including employee town halls, theme weeks (e.g. Indigenous Awareness Week), etc.
  • produce social media and intranet content
  • coordinating approvals and translations
  • providing research for corporate reports

Strategic Communications Teams

  • writing communications products including:
    • news releases
    • media lines
    • responses to the media
    • fact sheets
    • social media posts
  • supporting the team on different files by tracking approvals, editing documents, sending documents for translation, contacting key stakeholders, gathering team input, and updating advisors and team members as appropriate
  • Initiating and developing content for independent projects and special events based on applicant’s strengths and areas of interest
  • performing general administrative duties such as scheduling meetings and compiling reference documents 

Social Media Team

  • creating engaging content for our social media pages
  • recommending content for retweeting/reposting on our social media pages @GovCanIndigenous and @GovCanNorth
  • updating and maintaining calendars and social media logs
  • monitoring various platforms of social media channels of interest to the departments to alert advisors of breaking news
  • media monitoring, which includes monitoring Question Period and traditional news media for anything of interest to the departments in order to prepare afternoon Top Stories packages for distribution

Web Renewal Team

  • creating mobile-optimized, user-focused web pages that embody the style and specifications
  • converting or archiving existing web pages
  • managing approvals, translation and publication
  • ensuring content is accessible and available to all users
  • updating and maintaining internal Wikipedia (GCPedia) pages, databases, orientation and training materials

Outreach Team

  • assisting in the planning and implementation of outreach and youth initiatives
  • supporting advertising planning and research
  • supporting special projects such as National Indigenous Peoples Day

Transformation Team

  • writing and editing communications products, such as talking points.
  • monitoring and responding to queries related to departmental transformation
  • arranging logistics for events such as town halls and department-wide video and teleconferences
  • liaising with the translation and quality control teams

Application Details

*Priority will be given to Indigenous students. If you identify as Indigenous, please let us know in your cover letter.*

Please submit you resume and cover letter to:

Melanie Villeneuve

Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada

10 Wellington, room 1900, Gatineau QC, K1A 0H4

tel: 613-668-4944

Selected candidates will be contacted for a phone interview.