Oral History Social Researcher

Funded by Canada Summer Jobs Program

Hours: 35hrs/week

Wages: $15/hour

Duration: July 4 – August 26, 2022 (8 weeks)

Company description:

BIPOC USHR, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour United for Strength, Home, Relationship, is a PEI-based not-for-profit organization, providing support and advocacy to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) folks living on Prince Edward Island. Our aim is to serve Black and POC communities on PEI and work in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq upon whose land we reside.

We work to create various programs (with a current focus on mental and social health, food insecurity, and sexual violence prevention) to create braver spaces in which BIPOC communities will be engaged, supported, and heard.

BIPOC USHR is based on the values of compassion, care, cooperation, and collectivism. We carry and work with feminine energy and recognize the efforts of all BIPOC women and non-binary folks in our collective struggle, along with the struggles of BIPOC cisgender heterosexual men.

Our work is based on the values of anti-racism and decolonization as we work toward social justice for BIPOC communities on PEI. We reject racism/white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, Islamophobia, antisemitism, Sinophobia, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, ableism, casteism, colourism/shadeism, and all forms of oppression.

Summary of the role and expectations:

The main job of the youth will be to conduct an oral history with Black and PoC (People of Colour) (BPOC) elders on PEI. This means interviewing elders about their life experiences.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Obtain training on ethical interviewing through BIPOC USHR

  • Determine which elders to contact for interviews

  • Contact elders, in an ethical manner, for interviews

  • Prepare questions for interviews

  • Schedule, conduct and audio record interviews

  • Be able to build rapport with interviewees

  • Transcribe interviews

  • Review transcriptions for preliminary themes and write a brief report highlighting lessons learned and knowledge gained from interviews



  • Research experience an asset

  • Must have lived experience as a racialized person

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30 at beginning of employment period

  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible)

  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada


Experience/knowledge preferred:

  • Experience conducting interviews an asset

  • Ability to build rapport with elders an asset


How to apply for the job

To apply please send your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: connect@bipocushr.org. In the subject line please write: “ATTN: Job Application Summer Student Job”


Deadline to apply: June 20, 2022