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Roots & Shoots for Aboriginal Youth

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GRANTS 2012

Do you have an idea for an exciting youth project that will help people, animals or the environment in your community?

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is pleased to announce that we are offering small grants of up to $500 for projects to be developed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups/communities that make a commitment to being part of the Roots & Shoots for Aboriginal Youth Program. Your projects should take positive action to help people, animals and the environment.

Grants will be awarded to enthusiastic groups who express a clear plan for implementing a youth-led community action project. Good luck!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

You are an existing Roots & Shoots group.
If you are not registered, please visit www.RootsandShoots.ca to join. Please note: applications will not be considered unless you are a registered group.

You belong to a First Nations, Inuit or Métis group, school or community organization.
Grants will not be provided to individuals.

Your project will have a positive impact on a community issue related to people, animals or the environment. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate an impact on more than one of these areas.

Your project is youth-led or provides major opportunities for youth involvement and leadership.
Your project has the support of an organization for financial monitoring and reporting purposes.
All projects will have reporting requirements.

You have submitted a fully completed application form, signed by an adult over the age of 21 who is willing to take responsibility for completion of the project.

Visit Roots and Shoots for more details: Roots and Shoots

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Health : Invitation to Aboriginal Training: An Aboriginal Mental Health Learning Experience

kidsLINK is pleased to announce the Aboriginal Mental Health Learning Experience for MCYS Central West Region, aimed at increasing participants' knowledge and skills specifically related to the delivery of mental health services to Aboriginal People. Participants will also learn about the intergenerational impact of trauma upon Aboriginal people and communities.

The Learning Experience has three components:

3 days of workshops in April (2 Sessions to choose from)
3 webinars between May and June
A self-study program

The workshops provide presentations on the cultural and historical context of the aboriginal experience and the impact of traumas upon the mental health and related symptoms of Aboriginal Peoples. The web-based, ongoing learning and self-study program will provide supplemental learning, and address personal and organizational practices that create culturally appropriate service delivery to Aboriginal clients and communities.

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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