City Launches pilot Aboriginal Production Apprentice Program

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The Vancouver Commemorates Canada 150+ team at the City of Vancouver is seeking Production Apprentices from Vancouverites who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis and live in the Lower Mainland. The opportunity is open to Indigenous applicants of all ages. The Aboriginal Production Apprentice Program will train, place, and employ select applicants to provide experience as Production Assistants to receive exposure in Event Production (i.e. Theatre, Concert, Film and Special Events). Apprentices will receive a Living Wage during their three-month tenure. Applications must be received by March 31, 2017.

At the close of their term, Production Apprentices will use their training and experience to join Vancouver’s Canada 150+ team in relevant Production positions on one or two of the Canada 150+ signature activities in July, such as the July 22–30, 2017 Drum is Calling Festival.

Using the opportunity of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the City of Vancouver invites Canadians of many cultures – Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis communities, non-Indigenous Vancouverites and visitors to learn, connect, and celebrate in an array of cultural activities and larger-scale festivities.

Vancouver is a City of Reconciliation, sitting on the unceded Homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The City of Vancouver is building stronger relations with these Host Nations and local Aboriginal and Métis organizations through an expanding number of cultural partnerships.

For more information about Canada 150+ and the APAP opportunity and to download the job description, visit to canada150plus.ca. Interested applicants can also attend a public information meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre located at 1607 East Hastings Street.

This project has been made possible, in part, by the generous support of ACCESS - Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society.

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