CO-OP Student of the Month of January 2020
I am very honoured to be selected as the University of Ottawa CO-OP student of the month. I was very fortunate to work at Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) in Nunavut, during the summer 2019 term. My position within the company was an environmental technician. I was stationed at the Meliadine mine site, one of three active gold mines that AEM owns and operates in Nunavut. I was able to apply and build upon the skills and teachings that I acquired at uOttawa in the environmental studies program in a variety of ways. This included monitoring migratory species in the area, mainly caribou and various bird species. I also worked in the field to monitor the quality of the surroundings environment and ecosystems by studying the water, soil, air, and organisms. I was also responsible for enforcing waste management and hazardous waste management across the various departments on the mine site. Apart from these tasks, I made countless friends, experienced Inuit culture, and lived in the Canadian Arctic. I will cherish these moments for a lifetime.
Currently, I am preparing to start my winter 2020 CO-OP internship at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada in the Northern REACHE Program. I’m looking forward to experiencing work in a government setting. This opportunity will also allow me to expand upon my knowledge that I have acquired from my indigenous studies minor. CO-OP has given me the means to explore possible careers, new environments, new culture, and much more. Thank you!