Summer Student - Health, Wellness and Research Capacity Term: May – September 2019


The Gwich’in Tribal Council is seeking a highly-motivated individual to fill the position of Health, Wellness, and Research Capacity Summer Student in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. This position is part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded Hotıì ts'eeda; Northwest Territories Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and Trials Units. SPOR Units are a core element of Canada’s national strategy for patient-oriented research under the CIHR.

Established in 2015, Hotıì ts'eeda, is a research support center for community members, organizations and researchers involved in Northwest Territories health and health research. The aim is to connect researchers and communities, build capacity and contribute to a health system that is culturally competent and inclusive of Indigenous methodologies and ways of knowing.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Summer Student will provide general research assistance, logistics, and policy and research support, including:

  • Supporting the Hotıì ts’eeda Ełèts’ehdèe; a major event dedicated to bringing together community members from across the Northwest Territories, researchers and policy makers
  • Attending and taking minutes of meetings, recording decision results, and maintaining the files of the organization; drafting letters and memos
  • Traveling to territorial / national health research conferences representing Hotıì ts’eeda, as instructed by Supervisor. May be required to present on activities of the Hotıì ts’eeda.
  • Attending meetings and conferences when required
  • Supporting day-to-day operations of Hotıì̀ ts'eeda
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Northwest Territories (NT) resident (Can be attending school outside NT)
  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education in health, wellness, natural science, life sciences, education, communications or related field.
  • Interested in health and wellness careers and / or Indigenous health research in the NT
  • Knowledge of or previous participation in health and wellness programming and research in the Gwich’in Settlement Area and NT wide is an asset
  • A valid class 5 driver’s license is an asset


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or willing to take training
  • Good interpersonal, written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to work in a team-oriented, collaborative and shared office space environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel, and in some cases, travel to remote locations if required

If you are interested in working with an energetic and progressive Indigenous government, please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Closing Date: March 8, 2019

Priority Consideration will be given to qualified Participants of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. We thank all who apply but only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Gwìch’in nan, nakhwek’yùu ts’àt gwitr’it tthak nakhwidavee gwiheezàa eenjit
Gwich’in land, culture & economy for a better future

Application Deadline:
March 8, 2019
How to Apply:
If you are interested in working with an energetic and progressive Indigenous government, please submit your cover letter and resume to: