Using a one-to-one matching approach, Mentors will be placed in one of five streams corresponding to their experience and then matched to appropriate Protégés in those streams. Mentors of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds are encouraged to apply to ensure diversity within the program.
Although there are expectations of the Protégé, the most significant responsibility for the success of the mentorship rests with the Mentor. Therefore, the Mentor is expected to perform the following duties:
Understand the expectations of the program
Plan and lead discussions, communicate plans and consider the Protégés ideas or preferences
Be of goodwill in engaging and sharing experiences and knowledge
Act as an advocate for any career opportunities that may evolve
Have a courteous, respectful, and professional attitude
Participate in all tracking and evaluation activities, including focus groups, post-program surveys and check-ins with the Program Coordinator
Participate, as requested, in group activities with other Mentors and Protégés
A background check will be performed on the mentor through a series of interviews, reference checks and/or police background checks.
A Note About Culture
The mentor is not expected to be from or knowledgeable of Indigenous cultures and/or histories, but at the least must be respectful and eager to learn more. By gaining mutual trust and respect, the program has a much better chance at success for both mentors and protégés.