Honouring Life Network Blog

Welcome to the HLN Blog! Here you will find postings about news items, positive youth programming across the country and beyond, job postings, resources, websites, scholarships/awards, research funding and other things that we think might be relevant to youth or youth workers visiting our site. If you’re looking for something specific, check out the tags at the end of each post and on the right-hand menu. The HLN blog should be interactive, so please feel free to leave a comment about any of the postings, or to email us if you have an idea for an HLN blog posting.

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program

Matachewan First Nation is looking for students interested in a summer job as a ranger. As part of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program, successful applicants will work for Outland Reforestation Inc in natural resources based training and educational activities six days a week for seven weeks.

Firesteel Camp, 13km west of Upsala Ontario

To build self-confidence, live and work in an environment founded on a sense of community, gain skills for possible future jobs in forest/mining/natural resources jobs and get a co-op education credit!

How to apply:
Send your resume to Band Manager Laura Jean Flood at laurajean.flood@xplornet.com or fax to (705)565-2585

For more information, click here.

Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program

Every summer the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources runs the Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program which gives Aboriginal youth (age 15 to 24) the opportunity to work for 8 weeks for the Ministry. Successful applicants stay with the program for three summers during which time they will also complete an exchange component between the Ministry of Natural Resourcse and a First Nation community or Aboriginal organization.

The Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program website lists all of the jobs that are currently available. Each posting has the job title, location, number of positions available and who/where you should send your application. If one of the positions looks good to you, send that person/organization your resume and a coverletter. Most postings include a mailing address, fax number and email address.

There are no specific application deadlines for these positions, but don't wait too long! As the positions are filled the postings will be removed from the website.

Click here to go to the website, where you can also watch a video of previous participants in action!

Summer job opportunities 2011

Its been beautiful and sunny out in Ottawa over the last few days....its officially time to start thinking about what you're going to be up to over the summer! If you're really lucky maybe you can spend the summer hanging out and enjoying Canada's amazing summertime, but if you're looking for a summer job, check out the "employment opportunities" postings in the HLN blog.

As I run across summer job opportunities I'll make sure to post them on the blog and through Facebook and Twitter.

The Ontario government has a great website to help students prepare for, apply to and find summer jobs. Youthconnect.ca includes tips about how to write a resume or cover letter, how to ace a job interview, how to get a social insurance number, making sure you know your rights as an employee etc. There are also of course links to all kind of jobs for students, including summer jobs like the Summer Experience Program. You can also find jobs listed by categories for example if you want to work with the environment or in the arts, if you're looking for an apprenticeship, internship or even tips and links to funding opportunities to start your own business.

Check it out, I think you'll find it really helpful!

The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities also has a summer job section of their website. Here you can find job postings and even tips on starting your own summer business. Click here to access their website.

Summer Youth Camp Opportunity: Niigan Mosewak (Walking Forward) Youth Camp

Niigan Mosewak is a cost-free summer camp hosted by the O.P.P. Eastern Region Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) for at-risk Aboriginal youth that is centered around First Nation teachings with an equal amount of time spent on team-building, sports and camp activities.

This is the third year that Niigan Mosewak will be offered. The camp will host thirty Aboriginal youth from across Eastern Ontario. Candidates may be referred by their communities, community services, school, police or the courts.

It is both a youth diversion program and an at-risk youth program for youth ages 11-15.

The program focuses on the delivery of key life skills, leadership development, healthy relationships, positive self-esteem and self-awareness education based on traditional cultural teachings. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to become role-models and leaders in their communities.

The program will be held at Camp Smitty on beautiful Mink Lake just outside of Eganville, Ontario. The camp has food services, sleeping cabins, games areas, swimming area, high ropes course, canoes and sporting equipment. Visit the website: www.campsmitty.com

Another goal of the camp is to foster a positive relationship between Aboriginal youth and police. The instructors are a combination of Aboriginal and non-aboriginal police officers, Elders, Aboriginal youth mentors and qualified Camp Smitty counsellors.

The camp will be held from the 22nd to the 26th of August 2011. Participants will be picked up and dropped off by bus or by their parents/guardians.

There is no cost for participants! To apply, complete the application form and send to:
Ontario Provincial Police, Attention: Jerry Novack, 1913 Petawawa Blvd., Pembroke,Ont, K8A 7H5

Participants will be selected and notified after the application submission deadline of July 1st.

For more information contact camp administrators Jerry Novack (613-329-3117) jerry.novack@ontario.ca or Merisol Primeau (613-285-4157) merisol.primeau@ontario.ca

Aboriginal Youth Diversion Program Coordinator

Aboriginal Youth Diversion Program Coordinator (full-time)

Are you a team player with a passion for working with Aboriginal youth? Do you thrive in a team environment where you are valued, challenged and supported? Are you ready for a role that will allow you to connect youth with culture and help them uphold the Seven Grandfather Teachings? Do you have experience working with youth who have been in conflict with the law? If so, then this opportunity is for you!

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic primary health care to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people living in Ottawa - one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Aboriginal communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Aboriginal values of balance, respect and community interdependence.

As an Aboriginal Frontline Worker with a post-secondary diploma or degree in a human services curriculum, combined with four years of social services experience with at-risk youth, we encourage you to consider this exceptional opportunity.

Purpose of Position
To assume a hands-on role in the development and implementation of a culturally-appropriate diversion and early intervention program for urban Aboriginal youth (aged 13-18), as well as assist in the diversion of youth and their families from the statutory child protection and youth justice systems.

For more information CLICK HERE!