Now Hiring

January 3, 2021

Nawalakw Language Apprentices – wanted Jan 7th

Position Summary:

Gilakas’la, the Nawalakw Healing Society’s vision is to be a catalyst for healing and connection.  Our mission is to re-connect people to our origins, our land, our culture and language.  We are seeking to add Language Apprentices to our team to increase language proficiency, develop learning & teaching resources, and deliver programming at Hada (Bond Sound).  

Schedule:

The candidates are expected to fulfill responsibilities 37.5 hours per week.  The contract employment term is one-year starting in January of 2022 and ending in January of 2023 with a possibility of extension.  The schedule is flexible to an extent as language work may occur on evenings and weekends.    There are regularly scheduled Nawalakw team meetings and events throughout the week that the candidate is required to attend.  The candidate will work closely with the Nawalakw language team to develop program plans and prepare to deliver programming at Hada.  The language apprentices are needed to facilitate programming at Hada.

A Language Apprentice for Nawalakw is:

  • Dedicated to ensuring the survival of all aspects of Kwakwaka’wakw culture, with an emphasis on Language 
  • Reliable, hard-working, teachable, with a positive attitude towards others
  • Proactive, self-disciplined, self-determined with a strong desire to succeed
  • Has the ability to work effectively individually and with a team
  • Works with others in the spirit of respect and cooperation
  • Has the willingness to help wherever help is needed
  • Demonstrates compassion for others (children, adults, elders)
  • Has the enthusiasm and ability to work and live in a remote environment
  • Has administrative, filing and planning skills for documentation and reporting
  • Knowledge of bak’wamk’ala / kwak’wala, an asset
  • Knowledge of Kwakwaka’wakw culture and communities, an asset
  • Relationships with Kwakwaka’wakw elders, knowledge keepers, resource people, an asset
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with a range of community-based language revitalization pedagogies  and practices, an asset
  • Experience leading language, cultural, healing programming, an asset
  • Relevant work experience particularly in language revitalization, curriculum development,  outdoor education, and/or child & youth care, as asset
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Ability to respectfully work well with others, strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills

How to Apply:

Before January 7th, email your covering letter and resume to the Language Program Director, ikawegi’lakw (Deanna Nicolson) at: deanna@nawalakw.com with the following subject line: Nawalakw Language Apprentice. In your covering letter, please include what interests you about this position and explain, in detail, how you would make the best of this incredible opportunity (1-2 pages maximum).

Nawalakw Camp Operations Coordinator – hired

Position Summary

The Camp Coordinator will have oversight over all management and operations of Nawalakw’s culture camp’s operations, including direct supervision of camp staff, maintenance and repairs, and risk management. This role is a critical “boots on the ground / life blood” connection between the day to day activities of how a camp operates in real time in relation to a camp’s general and specific programming architecture. They will work closely with the Nawalakw program leads, as well as user groups to ensure program participants receive the best experience possible. This position requires a strong commitment to the Nawalakw’s mission and core values as this person will be a role model for positive behaviors for campers and staff.

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.

TO APPLY
● Email complete application to K’odi Nelson, Executive Director at: admin@nawalakw.com
● Email subject line includes: “Nawalakw Camp Operations Coordiator 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).

Nawalakw Health and Wellness Manager – hired

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

TO APPLY
● Email complete application to K’odi Nelson, Executive Director at: admin@nawalakw.com
● 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

https://www.facebook.com/NawalakwCultureProjectCovidRelief

The Nawalakw Vision from Nawalakw on Vimeo.

Manager, Indigenous Digital Accelerator – hired

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 info@indigenext.com For more information on the IDA Click Here

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ABOUT THE IDA
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 info@indigenext.com For more information on the IDA Click Here