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Summer Research Student – Indigenous Stream 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-20-00018  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 1.0 

Posting Close Date 02/28/2021 



Holland Bloorview’s Indigenous Summer Student Research program provides a unique interdisciplinary research experience. Students will have opportunities to work with their supervisor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns and present their research at the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day. This program is for students of Indigenous ancestry. Up to three (3) positions are available.

Holland Bloorview acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been under the care of the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. Holland Bloorview specifically sits on land of Treaty #13, the Toronto Purchase, of 1805. In 2010, the Canadian government paid a settlement for the Toronto Purchase Claim to rectify the unreasonable sum of the original purchase and the appropriation of more lands than agreed upon.

We are honoured to introduce the Indigenous Summer Student Research program at Holland Bloorview. Students will be afforded space to perform ceremonies and can leave work to attend off-site ceremonies with prior notification of their supervisor. Students will be paired with a peer mentor throughout the summer. Students will also have periodic opportunities to dialogue with the Vice President of Research.

The supervising scientist, peer mentor and graduate student/research staff/post-doc (if relevant) taking part in this stream of the Ward Summer Student program will all have completed Indigenous cultural safety training.

The summer internship will be a combination of in-person and virtual attendance, as feasible.

The Indigenous Summer Student Research program is part of Holland Bloorview’s broader institutional strategy for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.


Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 3, 2021 – July 23, 2021. Students will be paid $14.25 per hour based on a 37.5-hour week (full-time), including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay.


Scientists recruiting:

ProFILE Lab (Dr. Amy McPherson)

Dr. McPherson studies how the broader health and wellness of children with disabilities and long-term conditions can be understood and supported. Her work includes topics such as obesity, eating disorders, sexuality and mental health.

Autism Research Centre (Dr. Azadeh Kushki)

Dr. Kushki develops novel pattern recognition and machine learning techniques for analysis of biological and behavioural data in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and designs technologies that improve the quality of life and care for children with ASD.

HEART Lab (Dr. Fiona Moola)

Dr. Moola strives to understand how art engagement influences psychosocial well-being and quality of life among young people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Dr. Tim Ross

Dr. Ross explores experiences of disability and ways to advance more accessible, inclusive, and diverse communities. This research is focused on four topics: (1) education access, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) institutional ableism.



  • Considering or enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
  • Interest in working with children and adolescents
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team
  • Show accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to organize work to ensure deadlines are met
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel



Please submit the following as a pdf file:

  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A cover letter indicating the order of preference for scientist(s) whose research in which you are interested
  • A letter of recommendation from an Elder, other community leader or professor


Ontario Hospital Association EDI Statement

Holland Bloorview is a member of the Ontario Hospital Association. Our group is committed to fostering a climate of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Our commitment to IDEA is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and promote an inclusive culture in our community including our research scientists, staff, and participants, trainees, volunteers, and partners. We welcome applications from Black individuals, People of Color, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community. We are committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process where needed. Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting Jeannie Fong

About the Organization Join a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People and Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fostering a climate of equity and diversity and welcomes and respects the diversity of our clients, families, staff, trainees, volunteers, trustees and partners. As part of our commitment to fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices, we encourage applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at or 416-425-6220.  

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