Indigenous Youth Leadership & Career

Development Pilot Program

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Program Overview

In 2018, ATCO launched an innovative pilot program for Indigenous Grade 9 students across Alberta. Through this intensive hands-on experience, students will explore a whole new world of local worksites and connect with skilled professionals to learn about employment options and how to build a career of their own.  

One-Day Field Trip

Eight communities participated in one-day site tours that allowed students to see a day in a life of Alberta’s industries. From power engineering to business administration, the tour visited several workplaces close to their communities and provided new perspectives on the opportunities available after high school.

Four-Day Program

20 students from across Alberta were selected to participate in an exclusive opportunity to tour the province and connect with business and community leaders.

From May 2 – 5, the program will visit educational institutions and major industry locations to show students the options available and the support programs in place to help them on their journey to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

Career Exploration

Students will be introduced to a variety of key Alberta industries through hosted worksite visits and inspiring presentations from skilled workers and leaders employed in:

  • Utilities
  • Oil & Gas
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • Public Administration


Students will visit post-secondary institutions in Alberta to learn more about programs, the admission process, financial support services, life on campus and housing options.


Participants will hear from some of the province’s most inspirational business and community leaders including the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Indigenous alumni. 

Site Visits

  • University of Alberta
  • Alberta Legislature
  • ATCO Heavy Equipment Repair Depot
  • ATCO Nisku Training Centre
  • Red Deer College
  • ATCO Village Calgary Fire Training Facility
  • National Music Centre
  • South Health Campus
  • Spruce Meadows

Students will report on their experience to a gathering of business and community leaders as well as Indigenous alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference on May 5 at Spruce Meadows. Following their presentations, a closing ceremony will be held where the Alberta Society for Injured Birds of Prey will release a rehabilitated eagle back into the wild.


  1. Inspire Indigenous students through career exploration opportunities.
  2. Encourage youth to pursue a post-secondary education that will lead to meaningful employment.
  3. Support the development of youth leadership skills through mentorship opportunities with business and community leaders.
  4. Leverage learnings to introduce this program nationally.

Follow along on Twitter and Facebook as these students embark on a unique journey to explore Alberta and discover a new world of opportunities for their future.


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