Summary of Position
The community partner for the Nikani Awtiken Camp Coordinator position through the Clean Leadership is Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (and sister organization, Mi’kmaq Environmental Learning Centre), reporting to Nadine Lefort, Communication & Outreach Manager.
Nikani Awtiken is an annual eight-day long summer camp for Mi’kmaq youth that focuses on
gaining skills and understanding of natural resource management and traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge. Nikani Awtiken, which means “blazing a new trail” is hosted at Waycobah Community Cultural Events Camp in Orangedale, NS each August. 2020 will be our eighth camp, and the activities include canoeing, archery, fishing, aquatic management, First Aid training, Boat Safety certification, forestry, species identification, working with both cultural and scientific experts, traditional medicines and foods, Mi’kmaq language, hiking, and more.
In this Camp Coordinator position, you will coordinate all aspects of the Nikani Awtiken camp, and to be a camp counselor for the camp itself.
The successful candidate needs to be organized and motivated, have experience with event coordination, working with youth, adept at conflict resolution, possess excellent communications and facilitation skills. Ideally, the Camp Coordinator will also have an understanding of Mi’kmaq culture, language, and traditions.
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR) is Cape Breton’s Mi’kmaq voice on natural resources and the environment. Forestry, marine science research, species management, traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge, water quality monitoring, and environmental partnerships are among the organization’s responsibilities. UINR represents the five Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki (Eskasoni, Membertou, Potlotek, Wagmatcook, We’koqma’q) on natural resources issues, contributing to an understanding and protection of Unama’ki’s ecosystem through research, monitoring, education, and management.
UINR’s sister organization, the Mi’kmaq Environmental Learning Centre (MELC) is a community-driven organization that provides education and leadership on sustainability, preservation of natural and cultural history, and management of resources. Established in 2010 as a tribute to Mi’kmaq Elders who generously share their knowledge, MELC aims to keep their teachings alive for future generations.
Both UINR and MELC integrate netukulimk (traditional Mi’kmaq management) with traditional and conventional ways of understanding, known as Two-Eyed Seeing.
Both organizations are based at 4102 Shore Road, Eskasoni, NS which is where you will be based.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Organize camp details (rental agreement, presenters, food, etc.);
• Update all promotion materials (posters, brochures, social media, etc.)
• Recruit and register camp participants;
• Promote camp with community and regional media;
• Liaise with community partners (Parks Canada, Clean Fdn, DFO, DNR, CEPI, ACAP, etc.);
• Develop camp itinerary;
• Assist with participant transportation;
• Supervise camp participants during camp (24 hours a day);
• Help facilitate camp activities;
• Close down camp;
• Write final project report.
Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2020;
Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;
Experience working with Mi’kmaq culture, language, and traditions is an asset.
Ability to be on-call for the entire duration of the camp in mid August, with a lot of time spent outdoors, responsible for 28 youth.
All applications will be equally assessed; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous
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