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Indigenous Advisor

Canada
2 Months | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Location:  Ontario  

Placement Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Start Date Jun 05, 2017 – Aug 07, 2017

Length of Placement 2 Months

Language Requirements English

 

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous

 

The Volunteer’s Role

 

Through this volunteer placement, the Indigenous Advisor will conduct research and compile recommendations from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre on how to “indigenize” the practices of non-Indigenous organizations and develop a methodology/toolkit reflecting information gathered.

A representative from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre will provide project guidance throughout, including providing support for booking of essential meetings and facilitating engagement with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners.   The volunteer will work closely with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners to gather information on what “indigenizing” a non-Indigenous organization would entail.

As a volunteer, you will: Compile recommendations from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre on “Indigenization”:   the volunteer will work with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff to gather ideas on how non-Indigenous organizations (e.g. private sector, universities, civil society organizations, governments) can decolonize.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Undergraduate university degree in relevant field

- Strong knowledge base relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada

Essential Professional Background:

- Due to the nature of the role, preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous

- Strong research and report writing skills

- Familiarity with First Nations culture, traditions and approaches

- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

 

This placement was made possible by The Winnipeg Foundation

About Our Partner

 

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is a strength and value-based family resource centre delivering community-based programs and services within the philosophy embodied in its name   - which translates from Anishinaabe (Ojibway) into the phrase, “we all work together to help one another.” The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes in accountability, transparency and effective use of resources. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre works together with families, partners, funders and governments to create community based solutions that build local capacity for self-care.

Established in 1984, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a Grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service-providers with over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous families. They are community people helping other community people reclaim their Indigenous inherent roles and responsibilities as caregivers and the most important teachers of their children.

The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc. (Ma Mawi) was established in 1984 by committed community members who sought an Indigenous solution to supporting and rebuilding families. Since that time, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has worked to support families to better care for children by creating meaningful opportunities for community and family involvement. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes that strengthening families is a worthy investment in the future.

Today Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has over 50 programs, 11 sites, and 200+ staff and volunteers.

Visit their website at: www.mamawi.com

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

 

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and emergency medical insurance

- Pre-departure training  

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course, if required

 

Fundraising

We ask each Canadian volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

 

E-volunteering

Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.

 

Residency and Citizenship  

 

Residency

The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.

 

Citizenship

Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.