First Nations/Metis/Inuit Candidates - Paid Indigenous Co-op Opportunity!

  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 16, 2022

Job Description

The following job posting and assessment questions were crafted by Kiinago Biinoogi Muskiiki ('Our Children's Medicine' in English) in consultation with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other members of the community. Applications housed on this platform provide a unique opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit job seekers to have the option of sharing their whole selves with potential employers, including their lived experience and transferable skills. For more information, visit

Are you an Indigenous post-secondary student looking for valuable employment experience in banking or corporate management? Do you want to have the opportunity to learn and grow with a reputable bank and passionate professionals?

We're looking for you to join our Co-op Student program!

The Indigenous Co-op/Summer Student Program provides developmental roles designed to current post-secondary students who self-identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, and are seeking valuable employment experience with first step into a career in banking or corporate management.

In this Co-op role, we focus on helping you develop key business skills that will further your career. You will join our team as a valued member, and work alongside experienced professionals to contribute to the successful day-to-day operations of your team. We have roles available in a wide-range of business and corporate areas.

These areas include:

  • Banking/Banking Support
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Regulatory and Strategy
  • Operations
  • Business Administration
  • Optimum Mortgage

Students will have the support of great mentors and advocates, opportunities for formal learning within our Teal Academy, and can be members of The Sharing Circle, our employee resource group for Indigenous employees and allies.

Why banking? Why a corporate role? Why CWB? We are a full-service financial institution, and with that comes true variety in the types of career paths we offer. Additionally, we have the attitude and culture that only comes with a history of entrepreneurism and serving passionate and dedicated business owners. To put it simply, we're different than the other banks. And with that difference comes possibility, opportunity, and growth.

Come join our team, apply on HigherMe today and a recruiter will reach out to you!

Why work with us?

Winners of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture 2021 & Recognized as one of 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Places to Work 2021 & Best Workplaces for Mental Wellness in Canada 2021!

At CWB, we know your life, downtime, family, adventure, recovery, and future are an important part of you. They're important to CWB too. That's why our benefits take care of your whole life, family included.

Wellness matters. We offer an award-winning benefits package that includes hybrid work environments, everyday flexibility, 100% company-funded health coverage, health care spending account & a flexible wellness program. Generous time-away options to unplug & recharge, including Traditional Indigenous Leave options. Bring your whole self to work. Inclusion is a journey requiring practice & experience to result in a powerful outcome. Your perspective matters & voice will be heard. Find a community within the CWB family in our employee represented groups. Career development. We invest in our employees' development to help them reach their professional goals with organization wide Coaching services. Strategic career design is an investment in our core asset - our people. Innovation. Learn. Grow. Enhance. At CWB, we play to win. When we fail, we fail forward. Recognition. Peer-to-peer recognition programs for "in the moment" and monumental wins. Community giving. Make a difference. Drive economic prosperity in your community. Get involved. Volunteer. Fundraise. All with CWB support. ESG & sustainability focused. Be proud of where you spend, work & invest. Financial rewards. Base salary & pay for performance incentives. Retirement investment strategy. You can't work forever! So, we've got you covered. Company ownership. No greater sense of motivation & empowerment than being an owner!

Bring you. All of you. Caregiver. Ally. Outdoor enthusiast. Indigenous community member. Foodie. Nature photographer. Sports fan. Human rights activist. Labels don't matter here, but your perspective does.

All applicants are welcome, and we expressly encourage applicants to apply who identify as women, persons with visible and invisible disabilities (including physical, mental, sensory, learning impairment, etc.), Indigenous Peoples (including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit), LGBTQ2S+ and/or racialized persons. At CWB we believe that inclusion has power, and we're always looking for unique perspectives to add to our teams. We have a culture that thrives on idea-sharing, collaboration, respect, caring and camaraderie. If you have a voice to add to the conversation, we'd love you to apply. All applicants are considered as part of an equitable and fair selection process.

CWB Financial Group is committed to being an equitable employer, providing an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce, including but not limited to, women, persons with visible and invisible disabilities, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S+, and racialized persons. We believe that inclusion has power. In fact, that's one of our values. We know that diverse teams unleash new ideas and perspectives. We work to create an organization where people can be proud of who they are, and allies for those around them. We know that there is power in our differences and we are committed to providing equitable treatment to all employees, applicants and clients. And beyond that, we celebrate our people and those differences.

We're proud to have built a culture that thrives on idea-sharing and collaboration, and we're always finding ways to continue to create a warm, welcoming, and inclusive work environment. We have a strong ethics program, Respect in the Workplace eLearning program, comprehensive policies related to employment equity, and an ongoing strategy to ensure diversity and inclusion thrives at CWB.


CWB Financial Group is committed to providing all applicants with equal accessibility. Believing that inclusion has power, we strive to create an accessible environment for all, focused on the principles of independence, dignity, and equality. If you require adjustments or accommodations as part of the recruitment and selection process (from application to offer), please submit your request here and one of our recruiters will connect with you.

  • Self-Identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Strong critical, creative, and analytical problem-solving skills
  • Post-secondary degree, diploma, or certification in a related field (or currently in post-secondary completing your degree, diploma, or certification in a related field)
  • Eager to work collaboratively within a team of passionate people
  • Positive attitude, eager to let your personality shine!
  • Strong research abilities, eager to ask questions
  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, can adapt quickly to changes
  • Maintains a high degree of ethics and confidentiality (if/and when required)
  • Experience with some technology, like MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Able to work with remote technology (video-chat, email, etc.)

Company Information
Welcome to CWB Financial Group! Our approach to business is straightforward: we work hard and with integrity, we practice common-sense thinking, we're accountable for our actions, and we care about our people. We're proud to have built a workplace that is supportive, respectful and rewarding. Our business is based on exceptional client relationships and we know that building an outstanding team is the first step to success. A great place to work! We're thrilled to be named one of this year's Best Workplaces™ in Canada in our first year of contention for the award. Our employees say it best: we're respectful, fair, trustworthy, proud and welcoming - join us!