Summer Employment Opportunity at MOA for High School Students

2011 NYP Team

The 2011 NYP Team

The Native Youth Program (NYP) at the UBC Museum of Anthropology has an exciting summer employment opportunity for Aboriginal secondary school students.

NYP gives Aboriginal youth the opportunity to research and interpret their heritages in a museum setting. It also provides a unique opportunity for the general public to gain a better understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of Aboriginal cultures. It is known around the world for its high-quality training and the outstanding success rate of its graduates.

Founded in 1979 by former Museum of Anthropology curator of ethnography, Madeline Rowan, and author and artist Hilary Stewart, more than 170 Aboriginal high school students have gone through the NYP.

The Native Youth Program is a collaborative work-study program co-organized by the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and the First Nation House of Learning (FNHL) at the University of British Columbia. The program is for urban Aboriginal youth (ages 15-18) currently enrolled in secondary school. Students will have an opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast cultures from their own experiences and research, and from local First Nations guest speakers, as well as, being trained to give public tours.

As the NYP is a work-study program, students are expected to study, write reports, and participate in study trips. Study trips will include visiting other First Nations arts and cultural centers and learning how these communities share their heritage. In the past, students have travelled, often by invitation, to conferences in BC, other centers in Canada, and the USA to represent the program, the Museum, and their communities

The program gives students the opportunity to develop other skills as well. 2011 participants worked on a short film project exploring their own ideas surrounding urban Aboriginal identity. They worked with video artist Josh Hite who helped them develop their ideas and gave continuous feedback on their films. They also learned how to operate HD cameras, how to edit in Imovie and Iphoto, how to storyboard and participated in many discussions revolving around the idea of art, copyright, personal identity and storytelling.

If you’re interested in the program be sure to get your application in by the June 15th deadline.

Candidates must be 15 to 18 years old, Aboriginal, and enrolled in high school. They must also have an interest in First Nations heritage.

July 9, 2012 – August 24, 2012
7 weeks
35 hours/week
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday


For more information please contact:
Francine Cunningham, Pam Brown or Danielle Mashon
(604) 827-0090

Application Deadline June 15, 2012

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Tel: 604-822-8940

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