Pat-time (.5 FTE)
The Mamalilikulla First Nation, the ‘Namgis First Nation, and the Kwikwasut’lnuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation have developed the Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative (BATI) through engagement with Provincial and Federal governments and industry, to reduce the impacts of finfish aquaculture on Broughton Area wild Pacific salmon while assisting in the recovery of stocks through habitat restoration activities.
The BATI is conducting science-based projects funded by the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) that include: (1) The Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan (IMIP) project; (2) The Broughton Wild Salmon Restoration project, (3) The Independent First Nations Genomic Laboratory project, and (4) collaborative research projects. These projects are built on ‘Western science’ but will succeed only with the input of local knowledge, Indigenous science, traditional ecological knowledge in conjunction with providing adequate opportunities for sharing community visions, preferences, and values.
Reporting to the First Nations Coordinator, the Community Knowledge Ambassador will lead and help coordinate engagement activities with members of the Broughton Nations Communities with a focus on the appropriate transfer and use of information and knowledge from community members. This may include community-based activities, such as mapping community knowledge of pressures and stressors on wild salmon populations; coordination and engagement of summer youth in knowledge ambassador activities; coordination of Indigenous-based planning activities, such as the Healthy Country Planning framework in conjunction with Watershed-Based Fish Sustainability Planning; and collaboration with other stakeholders.
The Community Knowledge Ambassador will seek guidance from the community regarding the different forms of knowledge sharing during the project, employing the principles of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The ideal candidate will be outgoing, known and connected in the community (or communities), a good communicator — verbal and written, and computer-literate. This is a part-time, 0.5 FTE, term position ending March 31, 2023, with various capacity development opportunities.
- Representing the Broughton First Nations to their members and the outside world positively in all activities. This representation may extend beyond work hours for some activities
- Leading and helping coordinate engagement activities with members of the Broughton Nations Communities, i.e. sharing community visions, preferences, and values
- Ensuring appropriate transfer & use of information & knowledge from community members
- Employing the principles of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC, based on UNDRIP) during knowledge-related activities
- Facilitating community-based mapping activities, such as mapping community knowledge of pressures and stressors on wild salmon populations
- Helping to develop, distribute, and facilitate surveys of First Nations’ memberships relating to the knowledge, visions, preferences, and values
- Potentially coordinating and engaging summer youth in knowledge-ambassador activities
- Coordination of Indigenous-based planning activities, such as Healthy Country Planning and Watershed-based Fish Sustainability Planning
- Collaboration with outside project partners, such as the UVic Environmental Studies’ Restoration of Natural Systems program
- Interviewing community members with respect to their knowledge, visions, preferences, and values
- Ensuring full documentation of all activities and knowledge (as appropriate), including the development of reports as needed
- Conducting necessary, appropriate, and professional communication protocols & processes
- Grade 12 completion (a post-secondary degree or diploma is an asset)
- Knowledge of Kwakwaka’wakw culture
- Known and connected in the community (or communities)
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Competency with MS Office software
- Successful completion of a criminal record check
- Self – Motivated to maintain focus and self-discipline to complete tasks without ongoing supervision, and creating new ideas and initiatives
- Critical Thinking to analyze and evaluate information objectively to make reasoned judgements, conclusions, and recommendations
- Teamwork and Cooperation to support collaboration and the resilience needed to complete complex tasks
- Information Seeking to know more about things, people, or issues and going beyond the questions that are routine or required in the job
You may submit a covering letter and resume to: email@example.com, or by mail to:
Human Resources, ’Namgis First Nation, PO Box 210, Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0
This position is open until filled