Is Keeyask right for you?

At Keeyask, you can make good money, learn new skills and advance your career.

But it’s hard work and shifts are 21 days on, 7 days off.

Some people do really well here and others have trouble finishing their first shift, but most do fine once they get used to it.

Only you can decide if Keeyask is right for you. On this page you will find questions that will help you decide if Keeyask is right for you.


Take the time to review the 10 questions below and then ask yourself if Keeyask is right for you.

Do you want a job that can become a career?

You can learn skills at Keeyask while you make good money. These skills can help you get jobs in other places, too.

Skills like:

If this sounds like something you want to do, Keeyask may be right for you.

Do you want a job that can become a career?
Do you have people at home who rely on you every day?

Working at Keeyask means you will be away for three weeks at a time.

If you have young children, seniors or people who need you to help them, Keeyask may not be right for you, right now.

But some people have found good child care, or help at home and have been able to come to Keeyask. Maybe that could work for you.

Do you have people in your life who need your aid?
How important are drugs and alcohol in your life?

At Keeyask, illegal narcotics, marijuana and alcohol are strictly prohibited. You can only bring your valid prescriptions to site. There are drug dogs here who are trained to target drug odors. If a drug dog ‘hits’ on you, you can be tested for drugs and alcohol. Your items can also be searched.

The drug test includes a breathalyser, and saliva and urine samples. It is important to know that drugs stay in your system and show up on a drug test for days. You may still be impaired without feeling the effect or even knowing it. Everyone is different, and drugs may stay in your body longer than another person.

Can you put drugs and alcohol aside for work?
How do you feel about rules?

Safety is the biggest priority at the camp and the work site. There are about 2,400 people working here, and the work can be fast-paced and dangerous. Everyone wants go home safely to their families.

There is tight security and lots of safety rules that cannot be missed. It seems strange at first, but most people get used to it.

If you’re okay following rules for everyone’s safety, then Keeyask may be right for you.

Can you follow rules for everyone’s safety?
How do you feel about working with a lot of different people?

There are men and women from all over the world working at Keeyask, including people from local Indigenous communities. Keeyask includes men and women of all ages and types, everyone with their own life story.

Everyone expects to be treated with respect. Everyone has the right to work and live without harassment, threats or violence. Keeyask has a Harassment and Discrimination Free Standard that is strictly enforced.

If you can work and live respectfully with people, then Keeyask may be right for you.

Can you work and live respectfully with your peers?
What are your relationships like?

To work and live at Keeyask, you need to pay attention to what’s going on around you, and being away for three weeks at a time can make relationship problems worse. If you’re struggling with personal problems or difficult relationships, or you have anger issues, Keeyask may not be right for you at this time.

If you have difficulties after you arrive at Keeyask, Employee Retention and Support Services has a whole range of free and confidential programs and services that can help. If you are a member of one of the partner First Nations you can also contact your Keeyask Cree Nation site rep for support.

Can your important relationships handle separation?
Can you stay at Keeyask for three weeks?

Keeyask is a remote camp. People aren’t going into town after-hours and comings and goings are very controlled. Once you are at site, you are there for three weeks. Some people plan how they will fill their spare time with activities and interests, even doing new things they always wanted to do, like learn to play music, or get in shape. There are lots of things you can do to pass the time.

If you can manage three weeks away at a time, Keeyask may be right for you.

Can you spend 21 days in a row at Keeyask?
How fit are you?

12-hour days are long, whether you’re driving a vehicle, cleaning rooms, working construction or preparing food, you need to be fit. Most people are dog-tired after their first days, but within a few weeks, their bodies get used to it.

If you are pretty fit and you’re not dealing with an injury or a chronic illness that will get in your way, Keeyask may be right for you.

Are you fit and in good health?
What are you saving money for?

You will make good money while at Keeyask and you won’t spend very much.

Food is free, it’s good, healthy and there’s lots of it. You have a small, clean, private room with a bathroom and a TV with cable. There are lots of free amenities, like a gym, theatres and an entertainment area. Travel to and from Keeyask is paid for.

There is a commissary where you can buy snack foods and personal items and a lounge where you can buy food and liquor, but other than that, every thing’s covered.

If you want to save up for something great, Keeyask may be right for you.

Are you saving money for something important to you?
Why are you coming to Keeyask?

Some people come here because their friends are here; some because someone else thinks they should. Like we said, it’s important to think about why you want to come to Keeyask. If your reasons are solid and important to you, you will have a strong opportunity for success.

Is your reason for coming to Keeyask important to you?

I asked my supervisor how I could get my red seal. Turns out there are lots of ways to get training or education while you get paid to work here at Keeyask.

Tip: Ask your supervisor or job seeker manager if you can get training or education while you get paid to work at Keeyask.

Find something that interests you to help pass the time — learn an instrument, read a good book or take up a hobby.

Tip: Three weeks is a lot of time to explore different hobbies or learn new skills.