Summer Students – Various Departments

May 13, 2024

Full-time, 12-week term


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. Established in 1999 by the southern Chiefs, SCO is mandated to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO provides competitive compensation as well as a positive work environment.


Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization will be hiring three (3) highly motivated youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to work in our Winnipeg sub-offices. Summer students will work in a variety of departments which may include the Jordan’s Principle Program, the Status Card Program, and the Environment Program, among other areas. The full-time positions are twelve (12) weeks in length, beginning approximately June 3rd and ending in August of 2024.

Program Overviews

Jordan’s Principle Program

Our Jordan’s Principle Coordinators assist First Nation children and youth (up to 18 years of age) and their families to access programs, services, and supports to improve health, education, and social outcomes. They are located at the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre, the Children’s Hospital, and in many southern school divisions.

Status Card Program

Our Status Card Program assists citizens in applying for renewals, replacements, and first-time Secure Certificate of Indian Status Cards. Our trained staff can assist in the application process, assist with filling out forms, take your picture, and submit completed applications to Indigenous Services Canada – all at no charge.


SCO offers a comprehensive water testing program. This program is SCO’s initial step in developing a First Nations-led water authority that will eventually deliver safe, clean drinking water and wastewater treatment services to participating SCO member Nations.


· Summer Students will have responsibilities specific to their area of placement. These may include, but are not limited to, assisting in hosting SCO events, supporting coordinators meeting with youth, developing social media content, distributing information, conducting research, providing support to department managers, completing monthly progress reports, and other standard administrative duties



· For the purposes of fulfilling funding requirements, applicants should be between 15 and 30 years of age

· Demonstrated knowledge of and respect for First Nations cultural practices, traditions, and customs

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Attentive to detail and have an organized approach

· Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines

· Ability to think critically and apply discretion when dealing with confidential or sensitive information

· Ability to work independently as well as able to contribute to the success of a team

· Working knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams, and standard office equipment such as printer/fax machine/scanner


· Previous work experience in an office setting is considered an asset

· A valid class 5 MB driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle for business travel

· Ability to speak/understand the Anishinaabe or Dakota language


· A current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check for those over the age of eighteen

· International students are ineligible for funded positions within the Canada Summer Jobs program; successful candidates should be citizens or permanent residents

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, May 24th, 2024, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources

Southern Chiefs’ Organization

202-600 Empress Street

Winnipeg, MB R3G 0L5 Fax: (204) 946-1871 |

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates.

Please self-identify in your cover letter – applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

We thank all who apply – only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.