Cultural Wellness Canoe Coordinator – Dream Canoe Program (0.8 FTE)
We are seeking an individual who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to join Kilala Lelum (KL) as a Cultural Wellness Coordinator for the Dream Canoe program. The Dream Canoe Program seeks to bring canoe teachings and programming to people in the DTES and exists as a partnership between Kilala Lelum Health Centre, the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society (IRSSS), and Saa-ust Centre. As part of the Cultural Wellness program, which provides Elder-led cultural care to members of Kilala Lelum, the Dream Canoe reflects KL’s mandate to engage with residents of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) using a culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach.
The Cultural Wellness (CW) Canoe Coordinator (0.8 FTE) is an integral part of both the Dream Canoe program and KL’s Cultural Wellness team, working directly with Knowledge Keeper Wendall and other members of the Dream Canoe family. The Dream Canoe program’s aim is to foster connection between members of Kilala Lelum, IRSSS, and Saa-ust through shared engagement with and participation in canoe teachings, training, and programming.
The CW Canoe Coordinator will perform a range of clerical support, coordination duties, and some basic administrative and communication duties. This position will also be vital in determining the program’s direction and roll out.
- Perform clerical duties relating to the Dream Canoe program.
- Plan and coordinate meetings of the Dream Canoe Advisory Committee.
- Manage communication within the program, with program partners (KL, IRSSS, and Saa-ust), and among staff, members, and other stakeholders; serve as primary point person for program inquiries.
- Assist with finding storage for the Dream Canoe and oversee logistics of accessing/storing/maintaining physical canoe.
- Manage financial aspects of the program, including collecting and maintaining program data for monitoring/evaluation and generating reports as per funding agreements.
- Follow cultural practices and protocols related to working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers and assist their work through a safe, respectful practice.
- With the support of Knowledge Keeper Wendall, assist with the planning, organization, and delivery of the Dream Canoe program and the attendant outings, events, and virtual initiatives.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other Indigenous health and social services partner organizations, local First Nations, and wider Indigenous communities.
Qualifications & Skills:
- Familiarity working with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers and knowledge of cultural protocols and Indigenous approaches to wellness.
- Minimum of a Post-Secondary Diploma or equivalent, with preference for social services, community health, or Indigenous studies. Equivalent learning experiences, especially in cultural spaces and relationships, considered and encouraged.
- Minimum 1-2 years work experience in a health or social service environment (ex: health centre, outreach, housing, community services) that serves Indigenous community members and/or communities with multiple barriers to health and wellness equity.
- Desire to provide cultural wellness services to residents of the DTES.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to maintain good working relationships within the team and with community partners.
- Excellent organizational skills and time management.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated commitment to culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
- Experience and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous culture would be extremely beneficial. Completion of a cultural competency course or willingness to participate required.
- Interest in canoeing and water activities; willingness to participate in water safety training.
- Class 5 Driver’s License.
- Standard First Aid & CPR or willingness to complete this training.
- Administrative and preparation work will be performed at both the Kilala Lelum Health Centre (626 Powell Street) and Saa-ust Centre (44 Cordova Street). Working schedule is generally eight hour shifts four days a week from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM with some evening and/or weekend shifts for outings and events (approximately 1 per month) based on programming needs.
This position is supervised by Knowledge Keeper Wendall with support from the Cultural Wellness Manager, the Cultural Wellness team, KL’s Knowledge Keepers and Elders, and the Indigenous Health Lead.
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check.
- Hourly salary will be negotiated.
- Extended health benefits will be available for qualifying staff.
- Kilala Lelum Health Centre is committed to equity and diversity, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or membership or self-identification as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 12, 2021. Your cover letter should clearly articulate why you are interested in this role and working with Kilala Lelum, how your background is a good fit for this specific role and our organization, and your current availability and desired schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered.