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Community & Indigenous Initiatives Intern


Surrey, BC, CA

Affiliation: MoveUP
Employment Status: Full-Time Temporary
Salary: $24.33 Hourly
Temp Duration: 2 years
Workplace Flexibility: No
Posting End Date: Open until filled


As the province’s largest energy provider with more than 100 years of knowledge and experience, we proudly deliver renewable energy, natural gas, electricity and propane to 1.2 million customers. 


We're actively seeking new talent to join our mission of transforming B.C.'s energy landscape. As one of BC's Top Employers with a diverse team of over 2,600 employees, we are committed to a safe and inclusive culture where each of us can connect, belong, and grow. Join us, and together, let's shape a brighter future for B.C.

Position Overview

FortisBC is pleased to offer a temporary 2-year position as a Community & Indigenous Initiatives Intern in our Community and Indigenous Initiatives department as part of the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP)


This program is a joint initiative of the Business Council of British Columbia, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Vancouver Island University. Indigenous graduates from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are encouraged to apply for meaningful work through internship positions that match your skills and professional interests. 


This position will support Indigenous Initiatives in a variety of tasks, including internal and external stakeholder engagement and major projects initiatives.


  • Build upon relationships between FortisBC and local communities, municipalities, and Indigenous communities
  • Provide support to the Community & Indigenous Initiatives team, including:
    • Municipal and Indigenous community engagement;
    • Tracking and reporting 
    • Communications
    • Event planning, coordination and attendance
    • Attending internal and external project meetings
    • Develop and deliver presentations to internal and external audiences
    • Perform administrative duties as assigned


The successful candidate will bring the following skills and experience to the role:

  • A keen interest in community and relationship building, including municipal and Indigenous community engagement;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for working with people;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills;
  • An ability to convey complex concepts in an easy-to-understand manner in order to influence positive change.
  • Good verbal and written communication, and presentation skills
  • Understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls Inquiry Calls for Justice, as well as British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office

Additional skills and experience that would be considered an asset to the position include:

  • Knowledge of the utility industry
  • Knowledge of SharePoint
  • Experience in business case development


For more information on the IILP program, requirements, and expectations, please visit the Indigenous Intern leadership Program website or contact 

Other Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications as outlined in the IILP requirements:

  • Indigenous post-secondary graduate from a trades or technical program, diploma, degree or higher level of education program from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations [status or non-status], Métis or Inuit)
  • Be a BC resident
  • Hold a valid Social Insurance Number and be able to work for a period of two years
  • A valid BC Driver’s License and ability to travel throughout FortisBC service areas

Additional Information

As part of the program expectations, all successful candidates are required to:

  • Work with their university to prepare application documents
  • Commit to a two-year employment placement
  • Fulfill all job requirements as agreed to with their employer
  • Be responsible for transportation to and from work and their personal daily accommodations and expenses
  • Be available for regular check-ins by phone or email
  • Participate in training opportunities developed by the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and delivered as part of the IILP

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.


To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information. 


FortisBC acknowledges and respects Indigenous Peoples in Canada, on whose Traditional Territories we all live and work. FortisBC is committed to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and is guided by our Statement of Indigenous Principles.

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