Frequently Asked Questions


When is the deadline to apply?

The call for applications for the 2017 program is now closed.

What does it cost to apply?

There is no cost involved to apply for this program.

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Will you review my application if I do not upload my resume?

It is our hope that each applicant complete each field in the application including uploading your resume.  You will receive an email confirmation from our Student Services office once you submit your completed application.

Do I need to provide a Letter of Reference?

No. If they are contacted, they will be asked the following questions:

  1. In order to be a reference, you should know the applicant for one year or more. How long have you known the applicant?
  2. What is your relationship to the applicant?
  3. Name three leadership attributes, in your opinion, that demonstrate the  applicant to be a Community Leader or have the potential for leadership.
  4. The IWCL program is an intense 4 month certificate program, with three weeks on campus in May, three months in her Aboriginal community and two more weeks on campus in August. How do you feel the applicant will fair amongst 19 other Aboriginal women leaders from across Canada and in her community?

Do I have to provide a skype address?

Yes, this is important if you are chosen for a skype interview with the IWCL Selection Committee.

What are the qualifications?

Participants should meet the following requirements:

  • Canadian indigenous (First Nation, Métis and Inuit) woman legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Able to demonstrate leadership through community involvement or volunteer work
  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED)

Women who have held leadership roles for more than 10 years should not apply for this certificate, but may be eligible to apply for other Coady educational programs. Please see this link for our other programs:

I applied before and was not accepted, should I apply now?

Please see selection below. Your application may not have been accepted in the past because you did not meet the program criteria or because demand was much higher than the number of spaces open.  We hope that by providing you with more information about the IWCL program on this website you will be able to determine for yourself if you have an appropriate project idea for the program and how you and your community could benefit from what we have to offer.

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What are you looking for in a candidate?

We are looking for Indigenous women who demonstrate some leadership experience in their organizations or communities, who have a commitment to learning, who are passionate about their communities and want to make a difference in their development.

How will successful participants be selected?

A selection committee will review information provided on application forms, including education, experience, references and applicants’ answers to the statement of interest questions. In addition, determination of qualification will be based on specified requirements (see above). Telephone or Skype calls, or an email exchange will take place with shortlisted candidates to finalize selection.

How long after I apply will I know if I have been selected?

Review of applications will be held through the month of February 2017 and a decision should be made by the last week of February 2017.

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Does the Coady International Institute pay for my travel?

Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship, which includes actual and reasonable travel costs.

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The program

What are the dates of the IWCL Program, when do I go to Antigonish, N.S., how long am I there?

The IWCL program is 4 months in duration from May 1 to August 25, 2017.

Participants arrive on campus at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia on May 1, 2017 and participate in full day classes from May 1 – 19, 2017. Participants return to their communities to work on projects for three months until August 14. Participants return to Antigonish on August 14, 2017 for a final two-week residency and graduation which takes place form August 14 - 25, 2017. They return home on August 26, 2017.

What will be the class, weekday and weekend hours?

Classes typically run Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with lunch from 12-1:00 p.m.  and mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. Participants are required to attend every class and field trip (tardiness and absenteeism will not be tolerated). There will be some special evening sessions, homework, as well as a possible weekend field trips.

Will I be able to work during the three month IWCL community placement?

We strongly recommend that participants focus on this program and the project they are developing during the three month period as it is the equivalent of a full-time work arrangement. During this period, we do provide a generous three month stipend.

How will my mentor be chosen?

Your mentor, who will advise, guide and support you throughout the program will be chosen based on the best match for your capacity enhancement.

Can I suggest my own mentor or community placement?

We welcome suggestions from participants on potential mentors and summer community placements. The suggestions will be considered alongside other potential mentors and placements identified by the IWCL team.  A decision will be made based on the best match for your capacity enhancement.

How long will the community placement period be?

Participants will spend a total of up to twelve weeks in their community placement.

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Accomodation and meals at Coady Institute

What is the food like?

Meals are provided for all participants in Morrison Hall, the central dining hall for all StFX university students. Morrison Hall serves primarily Canadian fare. The cafeteria houses different stations, each serving different meals (for instance, the salad bar, pizza station, soup station and international station). Participants who have special needs regarding meals can identify them on the special needs form received with the acceptance package.

Can I cook my own meals?

If as a participant you decide to cook your own meals instead of having your meals at Morrison Hall, it will be at your own expense. The residence has a kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave for your use. We ask that participants inform us if they plan to cook meals on more than an occasional basis.

Where do we live while at St.FX University campus?

IWCL participants are provided with a dorm room with a single bed (plus bedding & towels), a desk, closet, chair, phone and wireless Internet. The residence has 2 common rooms with flat screen TVs, a kitchen and laundry room, shared single washrooms, and is within walking distance to class and other amenities.

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For more information

For more information about The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program please contact

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