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North Island Métis Association (NIMA) is excited to announce that we are receiving funding in the amount of $238,963 from the Government of Canada. NIMA wrote a proposal under the Capacity-building Fund of the Women’s Program offered by the Government of Canada’s Department for Women and Gender Equality.
This grant funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles. NIMA is proud to work towards offering more opportunities for women in northern Vancouver Island, and to our Métis citizens in general.
Details are provided below. For more information, please contact NIMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-287-7417.
Project title: Ndayaanaan Famii: Rebuilding Our Strong Métis Community
Funding amount: $238,963
The North Island Métis Association will hire a part-time Executive Director to assist in developing a strategic plan and diversifying funding sources to sustain and eventually expand the organization. This will improve the services and supports it provides community members on northern Vancouver Island and the sustainability and financial health of the organization.
The North Island Métis Association serves the interests of Métis people residing in northern Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Port Hardy. They are an affiliate of the Métis Nation British Columbia.
“We have always operated on a volunteer basis but we need funding to expand and to ensure we’re able to provide for the needs of the Métis community on northern Vancouver Island. Becoming sustainable is our goal and this investment from the federal government will give us the support necessary to find the best way forward for our organization and the people we serve.”
- Jackie Lever, North Island Métis Association Member
Outward Bound has some free opportunities for Métis and other Indigenous youth. These are intense outdoor programs and all the time will be spent out on the land camping, hiking, canoeing, etc. All equipment is included, as are sleeping arrangements and weather clothing. Travel to Comox Valley (where the programs are run) is not included.
Please note NIMA is not running nor funding these programs and any questions should be directed to Ian Cooper at Outward Bound.
West Coast Indigenous Leadership
Location: Clayoquot Sound & Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Nuu-chah-nulth Territory
Age: 16 - 19
Dates: July 17th – August 10th 2019
Type: High School Credit Option
This course involves both ocean canoeing in Clayoqout Sound and backpacking in Strathcona Park. If you’re looking for a course that really allows your leadership potential to shine, this course will have you return home ready to take an up-front role in your school, amongst your peers or within your neighbourhood and surrounding community.
Indigenous Instructor Development Program
Location: Canadian Rocky Mountains
Dates: June 10th – 27th 2019
Type: Outdoor/Experiential Education Training
This course is for both outdoor enthusiasts that are interested in expanding their training and skills and individuals interested in bringing their profession or practice outdoors. The program focuses on industry craft, ensuring you walk away with top-quality training in outdoor skills in leading adventurous journeys using the Outward Bound Process Model. After completing your Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification, you and the group will dive right into the backpacking portion of your course. While out on the land, you will also learn more about how to bring youth into the outdoors, and skills relevant to risk management and group facilitation. This course hopes to prepare you to then continue to practice and build on these skills back within your community or in various outdoor education settings.
RBC Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship
The RBC Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship is open to all Indigenous youth (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) aged 14 – 25 years. Priority will be given to youth who are actively playing a leadership role within their community.
The RBC Indigenous Youth Leadership Scholarship is designed to offer Indigenous youth a unique opportunity to participate in Outward Bound Canada’s Youth Leadership Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides Indigenous youth with the chance to join other young leaders from different cultural backgrounds and lived experiences on an extended wilderness-based leadership expedition; to learn more about themselves and each other; and to further develop their leadership capacity.
For more information about either opportunity, see the attached posters below.
North Island Métis Association is hiring a Program Coordinator. If you are interested in applying, please read to see if you meet the qualifications and apply as directed.
The successful candidate will coordinate project activities and oversee a variety of Métis cultural and community events. The position duties include, but are not limited to, ongoing development of culturally relevant programs, advocacy of North Island Métis and best practices that positively impact Métis families on northern Vancouver Island.
The candidate will report to an appointed board member at regular agreed intervals to report on progress.
- Planning and coordinating of community events
- Draft work plans, briefing notes, budgets, sign-in sheets and monthly reports about programs and events
- Attend and oversee the actual planned community events
- Liaise and build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the community
- Provide reports and presentations to the NIMA Board of Directors
Qualifications & Experience:
- Proven work experience related to planning Métis cultural and community activities
- Familiarity using MS Office Software, Excel, Word, Power Point
- Experience working with Métis Peoples, knowledge of Métis cultures and traditions
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
- Ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines
- Demonstrates professionalism and excellent interpersonal communications skills
- Possesses healthy conflict resolution skills
- Able to multi-task and prioritize workload
Preference will be given to applicants of Métis citizenship.
Applicants once hired must supply a clear criminal record check. Driver's license and vehicle is an asset. Requires evening and weekend work but hours are flexible.
How to apply:
To apply for the position, please provide a cover letter, resume and two references to: Selection Committee, North Island Métis Association at email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: March 8, 2019.
Run/Walk Club & Honour Your Health Challenge: @ Robron Centre: starting January 16th -> Wednesdays 11 am WALKERS + HYHC Salad Bar at 12.15 pm (Open to all NIMA members). Come out and train to walk 5 + 10 KM on trails and street routes. Wednesdays 6 pm RUNNING CLINIC; starting out with 2 min walk -1 min run intervals and work our way up to 10 min running and more! Alt. if no running participants, 2nd WALKERS session MONDAYS 11 am. Thank you to ISPARC for funding both these programs: Aboriginal Run/Walk Training & Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC – Salad Bar). Program Trainer: Melanie Archibald / Project Coordinator: Kealy Donaldson – pls register for your choice walk/run!
Beading Circle: Thursdays starting January 10th from 6 – 8 pm Robron Fishbowl Room. Join the fun and learn different techniques for freehand and loom beading. Lots of supplies on site for those starting out! From easy to difficult – you pick your pattern and the circle will help you along with your project! FREE to anyone of any age! Pop in and say hi!
5th Session ELDERS CIRCLE: Thursday January 24th 12–3 pm Robron Centre - Lunch & Learn: Join us for a SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP and bring your moccasins for finishing! Meet & Greet 12-12.15 pm; Lunch 12.15-1 pm; Activities 1- 2.30 pm. RSVP to Project Coordinator.
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