Photo of shawl designed by Gitxsan textile artist and fashion designer, Sug-ii-t Lukxs (Yolonda Skelton). Photo by Joshua Ngenda.
Photo of shawl designed by Gitxsan textile artist and fashion designer, Sug-ii-t Lukxs (Yolonda Skelton). Photo by Joshua Ngenda.

Journalist – Focus on Indigenous stories

Are you a natural storyteller and strong communicator? Do you enjoy having conversations with interesting people in your community? If so, you might be a good fit for a new position at the Martlet — a journalist that focusses on Indigenous stories. 

Work hours and compensation: 35 hours per week for eight weeks, $15.20/hour. 


  • Pitch and write 2-3 stories weekly, both Indigenous-focussed stories and other stories 
  • By the end of the 8-week contract, complete a 2500-word feature with a focus on something related to Indigenous peoples or an Indigenous community 
  • Research decolonial style and other decolonial journalistic strategies for the Martlet and create a report with your recommendations 
  • Assist the Martlet in mentoring incoming volunteer writers 
  • Be willing to take on additional editing and social media duties as needed 


  • Experience in media or communications 
  • Comfortable interviewing members of the public 
  • Strong writing skills 
  • Can react well to criticism and editing
  • An eagerness to learn and passion for storytelling
  • Connections to the local community, UVic, or the Martlet is considered an asset

Part of our mandate at the Martlet is to allow young people to learn on the job. Even if you feel you may not have all the skills required, please still consider applying. This is a great entry-level position for anyone interested in the tech sector or media industry.

Although non-Indigenous journalists are welcome to apply, we do have a strong preference for Indigenous journalists for this role. Also, you do not need to be a UVic student to apply. If you are Indigenous, please self identify in your application. 

This position is funded through a Canada Summer Job Grants. As per the Articles of Agreement, the employee must be: 

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

In your application, please include your resume, 2-3 writing samples (can be academic or journalistic), and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please pitch us a story idea that you would write if you were selected for this position. Applications can be e-mailed to

Applications are due Friday, May 7 at noon PST.