Our stories

Hear first-hand the difference our employees are making.

Their experiences

Alain

Alain is a proud Haitian immigrant. His wife sponsored him after immigrating herself through our Federal Skilled Worker program.

He joined us after going through law school and articling. At first he was processing immigration applications. Now, he’s a supervisor and feels grateful to be working on the same programs that allowed his family to come to Canada in the first place. It feels good to know he’s helping the next generation of immigrants create new possibilities, just like he did.

Holly

Holly is the busy single mom of a nature-loving 4-year old.

She loves the flexibility she has here. It helps her manage her family’s schedule and keep a healthy work-life balance. She’s able to work from home a few days, which helps simplify school pick-ups, drop-offs, and everything in between. It gives her more time to get her work done and plan the next meal, all in the comfort of her mom jeans!

Shima

Shima is a co-op student and first-time public servant. She chose us because of our mandate. She wanted to be a part of an organization that changes people’s lives.

She loves that she can apply what she’s learning at school in her job. We encourage her to innovate and be creative in her work with Human Resources. Her ideas to improve student recruitment have been recognized by her teammates and are often implemented. It’s nice to know her work is making a difference, already.

“In Our Words”

IRCC Indigenous Employees and the Work They Do!

Sharon

I was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, my mother is Cree, from Fox Lake First Nations and my father is of Scandinavian/German descent. I have worked for the Government of Canada since March 2010 beginning my career with the Federal Government at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). I later moved to IRCC and I consider myself to be super fortunate to have found employment at IRCC. I began my employment in Citizenship, and couldn’t believe I was getting a pay check for working Citizenship ceremonies and administering citizenship tests. The ceremonies brought tears to my eyes each and every time, just seeing the new citizens from all around the world, choosing Canada as their home, taking the Oath of Citizenship. As an Indigenous person, it is super important to me that newcomers feel welcome to Canada, and are educated about Indigenous history, including Residential Schools.

I am now working in Settlement and the best thing about working at IRCC is the support I have received from peers and management with regards to career development. I have had many training opportunities and coaching sessions which has lead me to where I am today and I hope to one day find myself in a leadership role. One of the things I want to accomplish is to bring a visible First Nations presence into IRCC as a positive role model so that other First Nations can see me in a high paced, influential position at IRCC. Also, because I am meeting with members of the Immigrant community, I want to represent Indigenous people in a positive way.

James

Boozhoo, Aanii, (Welcome, Hello in Ojibway)

My name is James and I am a First Nation Band member from Fort William Ojibway First Nation. I came over to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada because I wanted to be with an organization that helps improves the quality of new Canadians lives. If you look back on the Canadian History, First Nations were the first people to greet the new visitors, show them the lay of the land, and to navigate their ways through the long cold winters.

I am currently helping develop policy for new Canadians on Indigenous Rights issues and I wanted to volunteer my time towards this amazing cause so that a bond can be formed between New Canadians and the First Nations people of Canada.

Miigwitch (Thank you)

Danielle

I am proud of my heritage. I am from the “Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk” band. We are also knows as the Malecite of Viger Band. We are the 11th First Nation in Quebec. Canada is my country, my home.

Being at IRCC only for a little over two years – I honestly understand why so many people from other countries want to come to Canada. They want to live in peace, be contributing members to their communities, find meaningful work, provide and create new families as Canadians.

At IRCC, the goal is to help these people. I get it! I take pride in the sector that I work for. The Settlement and Integration Sector is crucial to the success of new comers. I value the work the sector does that makes so much of a difference to the lives we touch. I am First Nations and really proud of the work we do here at IRCC on behalf of so many people that want to make Canada their home.

Thank you, merci, Woliwon

Haleigh

I started my career at IRCC in 2017 right after graduating college. I have had many people that I work with at IRCC who are invested in my success as a public servant and have given me opportunities to apply myself and gain experience as a young professional. I now work in Corporate Security, which perfectly aligns with what I want to do with my career. I am passionate about the work that I do in playing a part in keeping IRCC employees safe.

Ever since I started at IRCC, I was able to be involved in lots of exciting initiatives outside of my work, such as the Indigenous Peoples Circle, an IRCC network of Indigenous employees and their allies. Being a part of the Indigenous Peoples Circle has allowed me to share my culture with others, and also further explore it in myself. I love that IRCC gives space for employees to participate in these types of activities, which teach skills that I use in my personal and professional life.

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