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Job opportunity at the National Aboriginal Health Organization

Project Lead for National Aboriginal Mentoring Initiative

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Project Lead for CyberWolves, a web-based mentoring initiative for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in Grades 7 and 8. Classrooms of students will be matched with a team of four mentors from the Lead Your Way! National Aboriginal Role Model Program for a minimum of one year.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with two to three Aboriginal communities and up to twelve mentors.
  • Monitoring and supporting the participation of mentors and classrooms of students.
  • Writing curriculum and web content.
  • Writing activity and financial reports.
  • Collecting and analyzing data on the initiative to measure its success.
  • A Bachelor degree or higher in Health or Education or a related field
  • Three to five years work experience in a relevant field preferred.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Research and evaluation experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with web-based tools such as Skype and WordPress.
  • Strong project management skills, including management of budgets
  • Familiarity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and health issues.
  • Ability to communicate in English is essential and a working knowledge of French and/or an Aboriginal language is desirable.

Education and/or Experience

  • A Bachelor degree or higher in Health or Education or a related field
  • Three to five years work experience in a relevant field preferred.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Research and evaluation experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with web-based tools such as Skype and WordPress.
  • Strong project management skills, including management of budgets
  • Familiarity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and health issues.
  • Ability to communicate in English is essential and a working knowledge of French and/or an Aboriginal language is desirable.

Position Status

Full-time, Contract to March 30, 2012 with possibility of extension.

Hiring Preference

In meeting the objectives and vision of the organization, preference will be given to individuals of Aboriginal ancestry.

Closing Date

Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, September 2, 2011. No application will be accepted beyond the closing deadline. We regret that we are only able to contact those applicants selected for an interview.

Contact Information

Please forward a covering letter explaining why you are the best person for the job and your resume, in confidence, quoting competition number 11-01 to:

Attention: Human Resources

National Aboriginal Health Organization
1200 – 220 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9

careers@naho.ca Fax: 613-237-1810

Become a Daughter Spirit in Action youth facilitator

Daughter Spirit in Action is a project run through the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) as part of the National Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The project supports mental health promotion training for Elders and youth with a focus on the value of mentorship and culture.

Who should apply?

  • Dedicated Aboriginal youth and Elders who would like to learn more about mental health promotion and suicide prevention and who want to promote positive mental health in their communities.
  • For 2011-2012, NWAC is recruiting youth from Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

What does this involve?

  • This is a volunteer position. As a volunteer, you will receive professional certified training in mental health promotion.
  • Volunteers must complete at least 10 community sessions. Once you have completed 10 sessions you will receive an official certificate of appreciation from NWAC and a letter of reference signed by NWAC's president.

Application requirements:

  • 2 reference letters
  • 350 word letter of interest

How to apply:

Email your application to:
Jade Harper, Manitoba Liaison at Jharper@nwac.ca

Or mail it to:
Native Women's Association of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1N 7B7

Application deadline is September 2, 2011

For more information, CLICK HERE

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre August 2011 Workshops

The following workshops are happening in August 2011 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre:

August 8, 2011
10:00/11:00am – 4:00pm
“Wellness Workshop – Topics surrounding the Residential School”

August 10, 2011
11:00am – 1:00pm
“Anger Management workshop” for youth ages 15-29

August 23/25, 2011
11:00am – 1:00pm
“Money Skills - Youth Financial Literacy Skills” for youth ages 15-29

August 30 and Sept. 1, 2011
11:00am – 1:00pm
“Money Skills - Youth Financial Literacy Skills” for youth ages 15-29

All are welcome to join, but seating is limited, so please call (604)251-4844 to reserve your seat for any or all of these workshops.

Does your Friendship Centre, organization, group or program have upcoming workshops or training relevant to First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis youth? Email us (info@honouringlife.ca) and let us know and we'll post it here on our blog and on our twitter and facebook pages!

Young Minds Competition - deadline extended to Sept 2nd!

Competition to attend annual Zeitgeist conference

Each year Google invites 400+ business and thought leaders from across the continent to exchange ideas about contemporary social, economic, political and cultural life at the Zeitgeist Americas conference. People invited to this conference are said to be the leading thinkers of our time - including business leaders, statespeople, writters, bloggers, professors, publishers, investors, humanitarians, activists and musicians.

For the 2011 conference, Google has decided to include 12 inspirational and impactful youth. To choose these 12 participants, Google has collaborated with Livity, a youth engagement agency, to create the Young Minds competition. The 12 winners of this competition will be invited to attend two days of tailored master classes where they can meet and mingle with the Zeitgeist Americas participants - some of the most interesting and powerful people in the world today!!! Previous speakers have included Bill Clinton, Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui (Leader of the Surui Tribe of the Amazon) and will.i.am.

The idea behind Young Minds is to provide an opportunity for inspirational youth to show how they are making a positive difference in the world, and to connect the great minds of today with the leaders of tomorrow. They are looking for young people who are pioneers, changemakers and leaders. Youth who are doing amazing things to make the world a better place. Go to www.zeitgeistyoungminds.com to see the video submissions from the Young Minds winners who attended Zeitgeist Europe earlier this year.

The details:
The Young Minds competition is open to youth aged 18-24 from the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

To apply, go to www.zeitgeistyoungminds.com and upload a video that shows how you are making a positive impact on the world.

The deadline to apply had been extended until September 2nd, 2011

This is a truly amazing opportunity and a great chance for Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth to show the world the wonderful things that we are doing!

National Aboriginal Day 2011 Events

June 21st, 2011 is the summer solstice AND National Aboriginal Day!!!

The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) originally called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Day back in 1982. From these early discussions, June 21st, the summer solstice, was chosen as the date for this celebration because so many Aboriginal cultures and communities already celebrated their culture and heritage on that day. Finally in 1996 June 21st was officially declared National Aboriginal Day by the Governor General at the time, Romeo LeBlanc.

Below you will find information on the events that I've run across, but there are probably many more. Check out your local friendship centre, community centre, municipal website or school to see what's happening in your area!

All of the events are taking place on Tuesday June 21st unless I've indicated otherwise.

Alberta:

National Aboriginal Day 2011
11:00am - 3:00pm
Heritage Park, #1 Tolen Drive
Fort McMurray, Alberta
(780)792-6500

Amiskwaciy Academy High School & RBC Royal Eagles Edmonton Buffalo Burger Barbeque & Celebration
11:00am - 2:00pm
Abbey Glen Park - Southeast Corner 102 St & Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta
(780)409-7678
brian.jhlesvold@rbc.com

National Aboriginal Day Celebration
1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Centennial Plaza, Edmonton (behind Stanley Milner Library)
(780)477-7961 ext 205 or (780)498-3759

British Columbia:

Aboriginal Day Celebration
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3310 Comox Road
Courtenay, British Columbia
Ramona Johnson
(250)339-7702
http://www.ihosgallery.com/

National Aboriginal Day - Heartbeat of Nations
10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Tke'mlups - Annex building
Kamloops, British Columbia
(250)828-9700

Trout Lake National Aboriginal Day celebration
Meeting for breakfast at 8:30am at:
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, 1607 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Followed by a celebration march to Trout Lake
http://www.bcnationalaboriginalday.com/

National Aboriginal Day Gathering
6:30-8:00pm
Rocky Point Park, Port Moody BC
http://www.sd43.bc.ca/Programs/AboriginalEd/Documents/NATIONAL%20ABORIGI...

Manitoba

Aboriginal Day Live
June 18th
The Forks, 201 - One Forks Market Road
Winnipeg MB
(204)947.9331 ext. 358
W: http://www.aboriginaldaylive.ca

8th Annual National Aboriginal Day Event
10:00am to 4:00pm
Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, 45 Robinson Street, Winnipeg MB
204-945-8319
clayton.sandy@gov.mb.ca

National Aboriginal Day at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre
Winnipeg MB

The Manito Ahbee Festival Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the Red River Ex
Pow Wow Grand Entry at 1:00pm
Concert starts at 8:00pm
Red River Exhibition Park, Central Park Lawn & Stage
Winnipeg MB

National Aboriginal Day in Thompson
9:00am to 11:30pm
Mclean Park
Thompson MB

MMF Celebrates Aboriginal Day
Starts 9:00am
Selkirk Park
Selkirk MB

Ontario:

National Aboriginal Day
Starts 6:00am
Fort William Historical Park
Thunder Bay
http://netnewsledger.com/?p=7811

Quebec:

Rendez-vous Spirituel
Starts 5:00 am (sunrise)
Plage Tomoqua (facing Cenacle St-Pierre 12270 Notre-Dame)
Pointe-du-Lac, Trois-Rivières, Quebec
marceljfugere@hotmail.com
http://wakakwat2011.blog4ever.com/blog/lire-article-456906-2358066-journ...

National Manawan Aboriginal Day
June 21-22, 2011
Manawan, Quebec
(418)842-5020

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
Amiti Autochtone de Val d'Or Centre - 1272 7th Street
Val d'Or, Quebec
(819)825-8299

Saskatchewan:

National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
(306)931-6767

National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Starts 9:00am
Wascana Park, Regina
(306)596-5131
http://www.reginanad.com/index.html

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