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January 3, 2021

Nawalakw Health and Wellness Manager

Nawalakw is in a period of growth and we are excited to extend our year-round staff team. Nawalakw is welcoming applications for a leader in Indigenous health and wellness – see attached job posting. The Health and Wellness Manager is responsible for the execution and oversight of all aspects of health and wellness programming, including planning, development, administration, human resources, program evaluation and strategic growth. This role will serve Kwakwaka’wakw of all ages and will be responsible for all aspects of multi-program development and delivery at the remote Nawalakw culture camp.

Position Summary
Nawalakw is excited to grow our team! In partnership with the Kwakiutl District Council (KDC) and First Nation Health Authority (FNHA), we are looking for a Health and Wellness Manager to join our team. This management role will research, design, and deliver holistic health and wellness programming for Kwakwaka’wakw of all ages – responsible for all aspects of multi-program development and delivery at Nawalakw Culture Camps. They will work closely with the Language Program Director and will oversee the coordination of the Culture Camp operations.

In addition to planning for and coordinating on-site health and wellness programs, and supervision of camp coordination, the work will also include: 1) Collaborating with partners including but not limited to: Kwakiutl District Council Health (KDC), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), School District #85, and North Island region Band Schools, 2) Engaging with partners and communities to understand needs and cultural considerations, 3) Developing a stakeholder group, 4) Identifying and working respectfully with medicine people, elders, youth leaders, facilitators, healers, scholars/researchers, treatment centres, and other community healing programs, 5) Conducting baseline research into the effectiveness of pilot programs with post-secondary education partners. Some travel will be required, including delivering programs at Hada. Relocation funding may be available for candidates who live outside of Northern Vancouver Island. Please inquire if needed.

Reports to: Nawalakw Executive Director
Direct Reports: Health and Wellness Coordinator

● Email complete application to K’odi Nelson, Executive Director at:
● Email subject line includes: “Nawalakw Health and Wellness Manager Application” and your last name,
● Cover letter (two pages maximum), introducing yourself, sharing why you are interested in working with Nawalakw, and how your qualifications meet the criteria,
● Resume/CV, clearly outlining your relevant skills, education, and experience,
● If selected for an interview, provide the names and contact of two references (interviews will take place in Alert Bay or via digital platform).

Learn more at: 

Nawalakw News • December 2020

The Nawalakw Vision from Nawalakw on Vimeo.

Manager, Indigenous Digital Accelerator

Reconciliation though Innovation is an emergent trend throughout our region and Indigenous businesses are poised to take a leadership role in this cause. A national study cited there were nearly 19,000 businesses located in Indigenous communities alone. Combined, these businesses generated over $10 billion in total revenue and $0.4 billion in profits measured in 2019. BC currently houses 21% of the national total of aboriginal small businesses and that number has grown 20% measured between 2011 and 2016. The Indigenous Digital Accelerator IDA aims to support the economic growth, community development and cultural invigoration that these businesses lead with.

As a Manager of the Indigenous Digital Accelerator (IDA) team, you will be instrumental in helping bring leadership and focus to Truth and Reconciliation in relation to the IDA, and through the scaling/support for Indigenous-led businesses. You will be leading areas of IDA operations, strategy, performance, and Indigenous community impact. You will work with a team of talented collaborators, mentors, elders, and an engaged community and a driven executive team. You will understand the accelerator model but have a deeper understanding and empathy towards Indigenous rights and sovereignty through community and economic development.

In the next 1-3 years the Manager will be instrumental in helping the IDA realize goals, such as:

  • The formalization of the IDA governance model
  • The refinement/formalization of the business acceleration cycle, client resources (e.g., training and programs) and deliverables (e.g., business planning concepts, client reporting, etc), and mentorship processes.
  • Expanding project benefits/sustainability through digital platforms.

You will be a heart centred leader who understands what it takes to launch a business but also understands community development, intergenerational equity and the challenges of systems change.

Salary placement is between $72,044 – $96,058 CDN.

To apply send your resume and cover letter to For more information on the IDA Click Here


In partnership with Indigenext, Capilano University has announced a 1.93-million-dollar contribution from Western Economic Diversification Canada to build a first-of-its-kind Indigenous Digital Accelerator (IDA). More recently TD has added an additional 450k in funding to further support this initiative.

The IDA provides resources to nurture Indigenous business growth in BC’s tech, digital-creative and cultural sectors. The project scales up early stage Indigenous companies with high growth, commercialization, and innovation potential within a framework that emphasizes community development and low environmental impact. The IDA also assists in addressing Indigenous participation gaps.

The vision of the IDA is to grow a cluster of digital-creative businesses/organizations. The project aims to:

● Scale/grow 10-20 businesses/organizations in the next 3 years

● Create 100 new Indigenous jobs in the next 5 years

● Create hundreds of student employment and research opportunities

The IDA addresses significant gaps in the participation of Indigenous peoples in the high technology, digital-creative and cultural sectors including, for example, film, TV, games, and digital media. It will contribute to the development of hundreds of low-carbon jobs. This project will grow Indigenous digital intellectual property (IP) and technology development as well as digital/cultural products/services. As the IDA matures, it will include new sectors (e.g., tourism, hospitality).

To apply send your resume and cover letter to For more information on the IDA Click Here