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Field Placements

Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development


The MDP program requires two field placements, one in Canada and one international. Through the placements, you will deepen your knowledge and build on your abilities as a practitioner. The placements are a wonderful opportunity to understand the relationship between classroom and theoretical analysis and on-the-ground experience.   Working alongside practitioners, community leaders, technical specialists, and community members you will gain first-hand insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world. 

Blog button       Visit the Student blogs to learn about their placement experiences.

The MDP maintains and continuously expands its network of partner organizations working at all levels of development from government to non-governmental, from not-for-profit to private sector, from community-based to international organizations. You will be given a range of options to choose from for your placements and are matched according to your preference and eligibility. A program priority is to ensure that the placement is as valuable for you the student as it is for the host organization. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their own field placements, if they so choose.

Please contact the MDP Coordinator for more information on placements or see the MDP Student Field Placement Information Packet [PDF].

Upon completion of the placements, the MDP hosts a Symposium in which all present to a community-wide audience. The diversity of placements, the range of skills and projects developed and the incredible professional and personal learning that takes place is impressive.  To see videos from past Symposium, please click here.



2017 Placements

Canadian Field Placements

  • Gang Action Inter-Agency Network (GAIN)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE)
  • Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
  • The Winnipeg Boldness Project
  • Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre (ATEC)
  • Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), QC
  • Social Innovation Division, Employment and Social Development Canada, QC

International Field Placements

  • Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), USA
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Te Whanau O Waipareira, New Zealand
  • Farmers’ Groups Network in Manyara Region (MVIWATA), Tanzania

2016 Placements

Canadian Field Placements

International Field Placements

2015 Placements

Canadian Field Placements

International Field Placements

2014 Placements

Canadian Field Placements

International Field Placements


2013 Placements

Canadian Field Placements

International Field Placements


2012 Field Placements

Canadian Field Placements

International Field Placements