Become a Mentor

Make a difference for Indigenous students and their career opportunities.

 

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Program Structure

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. To ensure diversity within the program, mentors of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Although there are expectations of the protégé, the greatest responsibility for the success of the mentorship rests with the mentor. The mentor is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Understand the expectations of the program;

  • Fulfill the meeting frequency of one hour per week;

  • Plan and lead discussions during the mentor/protégé meetings; communicate plans with their protégé and take into account their ideas or preferences;

  • Be of goodwill in engaging and sharing experiences and knowledge;

  • 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;

  • Act as advocate, where appropriate, for their protégé in any career opportunities that may evolve;

Background Check

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.