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A Q & A with Faculty of Native Studies Student Mark Oldershaw – U of AB

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2018115 Views

January 12, 2018

Native Studies undergraduate student Mark Oldershaw completed a summer internship in Ottawa through the Summer Leadership Program. Mark shares his experience working in the Liberal Research Bureau.

In the summer of 2017, Mark Oldershaw completed a four month internship in Ottawa through the Summer Leadership Program. The program gives young people an opportunity to contribute to Prime Minister Trudeau’s team while gaining job experience serving in the offices of Members of Parliament, Ministers’ Offices, The Prime Minister’s Office and the Liberal Research Bureau.

Mark is a third year student in the Faculty of Native Studies. He is English-Canadian, Métis, and Cree with ancestral ties from the Qu’Appelle Valley.

Why did you apply for the Summer Leadership Program?

I applied for the Summer Leadership Program because I wanted to make a difference. Having the opportunity to meet and work alongside people like the Minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and Northern Affairs, and the Prime Minister was an amazing experience. Alongside working with those offices, I had the chance to meet the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and the Presidents of the Métis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. I got to see how these organizations work with the federal government to make sure the voices of Indigenous communities are being heard.

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