The selected candidate will live in a Cree or Inuit community and work with the local school to engage elementary students in learning on a daily basis – both inside and outside the classroom. This project aims to develop school spirit, self-esteem, and well-being among the elementary school students, and to contribute to creating a more positive and engaging school atmosphere. The position entails working with the school administration, teachers and other partners such as the Youth Council.

Youth Fusion is a registered non-profit, non-partisan organization that tackles increasing absenteeism and drop-out rates in Quebec by engaging students in motivating extra-curricular activities. Youth Fusion has been working in the James Bay Cree Communities since January 2010 and Nunavik Inuit Communities since January 2012. In this region, we have 3 main areas of activity:

  • Organizing extra-curricular activities;
  • Working with teachers to develop and animate classroom activities that help make school learning more relevant for children;
  • Working with local organizations to help create links between the school and community.


  • Contractual position from September to December, and between January and June (possibility of a 4 month contract or a 10 month contract, renewable).
  • 30 hours/week.
  • James Bay Cree or Inuit communities (Northern Quebec). Positions are available in multiple communities; we will place project coordinators so as to match their skills with the interests of local community.
  • $435/week + $150/week food allowance for Cree communities (Inuit rate for Whapmagoostui).
  • $480/week + $200/week food allowance for Inuit communities.
  • Housing (possibility of sharing a house with other Youth Fusion coordinators or school staff), phone, Internet and transportation provided. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodations for partners or children at this time.
  • Can be recognised as an internship in some cases.
  • Must be able to relocate to Northern Quebec for a period of 4 to 10 months.


Apply online, or send your CV and a cover letter to Please indicate the position(s) that you are applying for and highlight your relevant experience.


The project coordinator will be responsible for organizing and facilitating some or all of the following activities:

  • You will plan and animate extra-curricular activities for students in Grades 3-6 and in secondary 1 and 2 on a daily basis with the aim of creating a more positive and engaging school atmosphere. You are encouraged to collaborate with teachers and school partners to create incentives for positive attendance and behaviour. Activities may include:
  1. Healthy cooking class;
  2. Physical activity such as sports or outdoor activities (fitness, hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, etc.);
  3. Creative activities such as arts & crafts, photography, music, dance etc. (according to project coordinator’s skills);
  4. Girls’ group (self-esteem, healthy relationships, etc.);
  5. Science club;
  • You will oversee the election of class representatives for Grades 5 and 6, or recruit student volunteers; organize weekly student council meetings including activities to foster teamwork, communications skills, and leadership among the student council members; assist the council in organizing events for the student body such as a school recess games, snack program, sports tournaments, holiday activities, etc.; and help the Student Council to develop as role models for their fellow students – for instance through being involved in anti-bullying activities. You may need to assist the Student Council with fundraising activities as needed and will also be responsible for organizing a delegation to Youth Fusion’s regional Elementary Leadership Camp.
  • You will work with the Student Council and school staff to help organize and animate anti-bullying activities, with a focus on building confidence and healthy relationships. Training and resources on this topic will be provided.
  • In collaboration with teachers may include: Healthy cooking & nutrition workshops, poetry, music, science, communications skills, etc., depending on the project coordinators skills & interests.
  • Supervise and animate recess activities and/or manage a welcoming space where students can spend time between classes or after school. This responsibility can be shared with another Youth Fusion Project Coordinator.
  • Youth Fusion organizes an Annual Youth Leadership Camp in June. You will help organize a delegation of youth who were involved in the leadership activities throughout the year; accompany them to the leadership camp; and animate leadership activities.
  • In order to successfully organize these activities and maintain regular communication, the project coordinator should:
  1. Recruit participants and encourage students to actively participate in elementary engagement activities;
  2. Collaborate with school administration, teachers and local organizations (such as the radio station, youth center, cultural department) to promote greater participation of community members;
  3. Manage the Youth Fusion blog.


  • Attend Youth Fusion training week;
  • Fill-out and submit bi-weekly timesheets, reports and expense reports;
  • Managing a small budget for the project and the material inventory;
  • Communicating with Youth Fusion and the school principal on a weekly basis;
  • Taking part in the monthly phone call with Youth Fusion coordinators from the same domain;
  • Surveying students and local partners to get feedback about activities;
  • Submitting a mid-term and final report, including a full list of activities and participants.

Our mission at Youth Fusion is to engage at-risk youth in projects that motivate them to attend school. You will be working closely with school administration, local staff, and Youth Fusion’s Director of Educational Programming to ensure that this project meets its objectives. We are looking for a candidate who is open to learning about Inuit or Cree culture and adapt our program to the realities of a Northern community. You are encouraged to become an active participant in school life and are welcome to propose additional activities based on your abilities and interests.


  • Must be a university student or graduate in a relevant discipline (political sciences, social work, youth work, communications, human relations, community development, etc.).


  • Must have experience working with youth;
  • Experience with First Nation and Inuit communities and knowledge of Indigenous issues in Canada is an asset;
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural context is an asset.


  • Must have a strong desire to be a role model for the school’s students, and act as an agent of social change;
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Must be able to work in English. Ability to work in French is a strong asset for this position;
  • Motivation, initiative, persistence, communication skills, vision and imagination are essential.


  • If you are local to the Cree or Inuit community were our projects are located, we encourage you to apply.
  • Some of the above requirements can be waived for local applicants
  • According to our agreement with the Cree School Board and Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, we cannot offer housing for local hires. However, the food, phone, and internet allowance will still be granted.
  • Local hires must be available to travel to Montreal for one week in the beginning of the semester to attend training. We will provide transportation to/from Montreal, lodging, and a food allowance for the week of the training.


  • Verification is required to work with a vulnerable clientele. This check is done when hiring.