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Summer Student Employment

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 Okanagan Nation Alliance 

#101 – 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank, BC V4T 3LJ

Phone (250) 707-0095 Fax (250)707-0166

Events/Administrative Assistant: $13.50 per hour 

You will be responsible for assisting and supporting the Communications Coordinator with the day to day Events Planning, and logistical organization of major events. The Annual General Assembly and the Annual Salmon Feast are examples of exciting events you will be involved in. You will participate in the administrative, planning and logistical aspects of short-term multi-faced projects. You may be required to assist with Wellness and Natural Resources Department initiatives too. Other duties will include assistance with the preparation of reports, briefing notes, application of communications tools and participation and attendance of special meetings/events as they occur.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have good public relations and communication skills, computer literacy is essential and a valid driver’s license is an asset. Applicants must preferably study towards obtaining formal qualifications in public relations and communication. Okanagan/Aboriginal ancestry preferred.

Youth Facilitator- Syilx Water Strategy: $13.50 per hour 

You will assist the Natural Resource Department in facilitating an initiative to engage youth in the Syilx Water Strategy, and participate in coordinating workshops and meetings with the Okanagan Youth Alliance, and other interested youth. A major purpose of this opportunity is the integration of youth perspectives, interests, concerns and values related to water into the strategy. This position will be instrumental in ensuring that youth in the ONA communities understand current water management regimes in the territory, understand the objectives, and provide youth an opportunity to provide input into the Syilx Water Strategy initiative.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have good public relations and communication skills, computer literacy is essential and a valid driver’s license is an asset. Applicants must preferable study towards a formal qualification in a Natural Resource related field. Okanagan/Aboriginal Ancestry preferred

Library Assistant: 13.50 per hour 

The successful applicant will work with and receive mentorship from the ONA Library &Research Coordinator, to process library materials specific to an Indigenous (Okanagan Syilx) context. This work will contribute to the preservation of valuable information in a variety of formats and support cultural research for the ONA and local communities. Other related duties include processing library material, cataloguing, organizing and storing of books, articles, photographs, and audio visual recordings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have good public relations and communication skills, computer literacy is essential and a valid driver’s license is an asset. Applicants must preferably study towards a formal qualification in library and information science and be willing to work strictly according to safety, library and archival standards and procedures. Okanagan/Aboriginal Ancestry preferred

Term: May 20 – August 29, 2014 Wage: $13.50 per hour Hours: 37.5 per week

Additionally: The ONA supports all staff involvement in cultural activities that take place each summer. These may include a Youth Leadership Conference, Unity Run, Salmon Feast, Canoe Trek, an Elders Gathering and the Annual General Assembly for the Okanagan Nation. The summer students employed by the ONA will participate in these events in order to provide cultural experiences for the youth.

Application Procedures: Please send a current resume and covering letter to:

David Leroux, Employment and HR Administrator 

Okanagan Nation Alliance

#101 – 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank, BC V4T 3L7

Email: Fax: (250) 707-0166

COMPETITION CLOSES: 4:00 pm, May 2, 2014. 

Thank you for your interest, No Phone Calls Please only those short-listed will be contacted

Historical Thinking Summer Institute

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The Historical Thinking Summer Institute (July 7-12, 2014) is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing and teaching history courses and programs with explicit attention to historical thinking. Peter Seixas, director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness and author, with Tom Morton, of “The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts,” will lead the Institute, in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver, where the Institute will be held. Course credit is offered through the University of British Columbia. Participants will explore substantive themes of aboriginal-settler relations and human-nature relations over time. A limited number of travel bursaries are available on a competitive basis (see
Peter Seixas
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4
604 822 5277
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Critical Ethnic Studies Summer Institute

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Critical ethnic studies is an approach to scholarship, institution-building, and activism animated by the spirit of the decolonial, antiracist, and other global liberationist movements that enabled the creation of ethnic studies and continues to inform its political and intellectual projects. It seeks to move away from current critical deadlocks, to counteract institutional marginalization, to revisit the political ideas that precipitated ethnic studies’ founding within the US academy, and to create new conversations in multiple locations.

But as critical ethnic studies has emerged in a variety of ways, the question remains: what exactly is critical ethnic studies? Does it imply that ethnic studies was not already “critical”? What is its relationship to the historic emergence of ethnic studies in the academy and activist circles? As the academic industrial complex has increasingly marginalized and coopted critical interdisciplinary studies such as ethnic studies, gender studies, queer studies, etc., what kinds of works can critical ethnic studies do across academic institutions, community organizing, and advocacy efforts? And insofar as critical ethnic studies claims itself as both a political and intellectual project, what is its relationship to broad social justice-based movements? What are the legacies of ethnic studies outside the United States, and how might a critical approach reconsider its genealogies and forms of solidarity? And what might be the limitations of any approach to analyzing and challenging settler colonialism, white supremacy, antiblackness, imperialism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy, when organized through ethnicity? Finally, how might different approaches to critical ethnic studies – long existing and still emerging – be brought into conversation with each other?

In this Summer Institute, we will explore collectively the question “What is critical ethnic studies?” Over three days of intensive seminars, open conversations, and informal exchanges, we will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of a critical ethnic studies framework.  All are welcome to apply.  for more information and application materials