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Research Assistant Program

The Research Assistant program provides a supportive learning environment for up-and-coming Indigenous researchers to receive hands-on work experience in quantitative research and data analysis roles.

This program will expose Research Assistants to a wide range of skills transferable to academic and professional settings through a combination of formal module training and workshops, hands-on work experience contributing to Indspire’s research agenda, and experience leading self-directed research projects. They will learn how to work effectively in a remote environment, enabling more Indigenous researchers to work in and for their home communities.

We are also looking to recruit mentors who will provide guidance to the Research Assistants: Indigenous professionals in the fields of analytics, economics, statistics, and applied research.

Join us as a…

Research Assistant

You are:

  • A First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student in your final year of an undergraduate degree or higher—or you’ve completed a degree in the past two years
  • Interested in attending graduate school or working in a research-related career

You have:

  • A drive to learn, especially in a fast-paced, hands-on environment
  • An introductory exposure to statistics and economics material with strong numeracy skills
  • A genuine interest in learning more about statistics and econometrics in an applied context
  • A capacity to read and understand data from a variety of sources and synthesize understanding across multiple data sources
  • An interest in applying data science in an Indigenous context in Canada to support and promote Indigenous interests
  • A desire to contribute to the national understanding of Indigenous education and labour market outcomes

About the Role

The position responsibilities of the Research Assistants include:

  • Producing research results under supervision
  • Creating content for Indspire’s cornerstone reports
  • Participating in online training and mentorship, as well as in person
  • Developing materials for communicating results, including reports, blog entries, videos and other resources
  • Cleaning and evaluating current data holdings
  • Supporting Indspire in developing research directions
  • Working in a small team to manage projects and produce research results
  • Providing feedback on program objectives for reporting
  • Supporting the Research and Impact Unit in responding to data requests


You are:

  • A First Nations, Inuit, or Métis professional pursuing a career in an analytic field: statistics, analytics, economics, applied research
  • Willing to work collaboratively with Indspire’s Research Nest Team
  • Interested in being a mentor to the next generation of Indigenous researchers, statisticians, economists, and scientists

If you are interested in joining the Research Assistant Program as a Research Assistant or Mentor, please send us an email at

Current Research Assistants

Joshua Thomas

Kayleigh Wiebe

Whitney Wolfe


If you have any questions regarding the Research Assistant Program, please email or call 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747).