International Internships for Aboriginal Youth (18-35)

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VIDEA is currently offering ten international Aboriginal Youth Internships beginning in July 2015. Interns will spend four months working overseas in either Uganda or Zambia developing a deeper understanding of global issues as well as gaining valuable skills for future workplaces. 

These internships are a fantastic opportunity for young Aboriginal women and men to embrace new opportunities and experiences. The internships are available to people ages 18-35 who could benefit from an international work placement, and assistance and support throughout the application process.
Additional information regarding the internship programme, job descriptions and applications can be accessed at VIDEA’s website here:

Radical Youth Pedagogy: Call for Chapters

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Ramblings of a digital academic

Submission by: March 1st, 2015 Radical Youth Pedagogy: flipping the culture of the classroom

Editors Kelsey Catherine Schmitz, PhD (ABD) and Nichole Grant, PhD (C) , invite you to consider their call for papers for a future published collection

1) Context:

The purpose of this edited collection is to act as a toolbox for educators wishing to radicalize their classroom approaches, disrupting normalized pedagogy in favour of youth voices. Today’s classrooms are ruled over by neoliberal politics, governed with a doctrine of standardization and testing. Teachers and students are forced to negotiate the political agenda of modern schooling (Pinar, 2003). The power struggle over the classroom is further complicated by the increasing corporatization of schools and the historical legacy of eurocentric models of education. From the colonization of indigenous cultures to the legislation of gendered pedagogy, classrooms are overshadowed by robotic pedagogy and curriculum that fails to recognize the culture…

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Dogwood-25 Society mentors guide Native kids

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Dogwood-25 Society mentors guide Native kids

New program involving a former premier aims to boost the graduation rate

SID KATZ IS an accomplished person. He has been many things: science educator, community-engagement catalyst, arts enthusiast, radio broadcaster, and professor of pharmacology and toxicology.

For his latest project, which aims to eradicate the disparity between aboriginal and nonaboriginal high-school graduation rates in B.C. by 2025, Katz credits a lot of people.

The cochair of the Dogwood-25 Society cites the late Michael Ames, a former director of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, as a major influence. Read More…


Job – Volunteer Mentor Opportunities, Dogwood 25 Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program

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There are currently opportunities for group mentorship, one-to-one, one time workshop facilitation and more. As a volunteer mentor you will receive ongoing training and support. Placements in the program are based on mentor/mentee skills, interest and availability. 
Hours are flexible and locations are variable 🙂 We ask if you are interested in: 
  • the group mentorship: Commit for once per week for up to 3 hours, or twice a month (depending on location and school community needs)
  • the one-to-one mentorship: Commit for twice a month for 2- 3 hours
  • workshop facilitation: sessions are based on your availability, participant interest, and themes, aim for a min of 1 – 3 hours
We currently have opportunities in:
  • In-class tutoring/class work support (Alternate School)
  • Mondays 5 – 7pm (Elementary/High School Group Program)
  • Wednesdays 3 – 4pm (Afterschool homework/tutoring)
  • Wednesdays 5 – 7 (High School Group Program)
  • Homework/Tutoring in both Elementary/High School:
    • Math
    • Science
    • Chemistry
  • Girls/Boys Groups (One week night or Sundays)
  • Facilitation on Leadership, Student Success, Fitness and Sport, Life Skills, Arts, Culture, and Transitioning to Post Secondary 
I have attached a program poster, brochure and mentor registration form, however, if preferred the application can be completed online:
You can also find the Dogwood 25 Society in the news:

Job – Male facilitator for boys’ empowerment program

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Male facilitator for boys’ empowerment program needed
compensation: compensation based on experience and number of workshops facilitated
contract job part-time

Saleema Noon Sexual Health Educators, renowned provider of educational programs throughout the Lower Mainland and BC, is looking for a dynamic, energetic, and engaging male educator to teach iGuy, an empowerment program for boys aged 9-12. The successful candidate for this opportunity MUST:

o Have experience teaching preteens and teens.
o Have a flexible schedule to allow for training on various days of week initially and be available to teach during school day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays once training is completed (number of hours varies during school year).
o Have own transportation by car.
o Enjoy working with a collaborative team of educators but also independently on a day-to-day basis.
o Be punctual, prepared, organized and reliable.
o Be committed to building positive relationships with schools and community contacts.
o Represent Saleema Noon Sexual Health Educators in a way that reflects the high quality of our programs and the professionalism that our clients have come to expect.


UNYA Mentorship and Kinnections Programs Seek Volunteers

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Urban Native Youth Association’s (UNYA) Mentorship and Kinnections Programs Seek Volunteers
UNYA is seeking volunteer mentors to engage in meaningful and supportive mentorships with Aboriginal youth, as part of its Mentorship and Kinnections programs. Volunteer mentors must be able to relate well to youth, pass a criminal record check, and commit to 2 to 4 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year. This is an excellent opportunity to gain volunteer experience working with youth.
To learn more about the Mentorship Program and how to apply, contact or click here.
To learn more about the Kinnections Program, contact or click here.  

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, November 10, 2014

Job – Tenure Track Position in Aboriginal Youth, Due: Nov. 1, 2014

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Applied Human Sciences – Strategic Hire in Aboriginal Youth

Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec invites applications for a tenure track position in Aboriginal Youth.

Applicants for this position must have a superior record of research and leadership in the field of Aboriginal/Indigenous Youth Work. The successful candidate has a PhD (or ABD) and is expected to have demonstrated abilities to secure external funding for research, to work in collaborative community-university settings, and attract graduate students.  S/he will also be expected to take a leadership role within an emerging research focus area at Concordia (in Sociology, Sustainability Studies, First Peoples Studies and Youth Work) in applied research working with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities and/or research in northern communities.  This position will be located in the Department of Applied Human Sciences (which has programs in youth work, human relations, leisure sciences, therapeutic recreation and human systems intervention). It will also involve working with faculty from multiple disciplines interested in developing interdisciplinary cross-faculty research dedicated to advanced research and graduate training in working with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the departmental contact:

Dr. Don de Guerre
Chair, Department of Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications should reach the department no later than November 1, 2014.All inquiries about the position should be directed to the Dr. Don de Guerre (514-848-2424 ext. 2270).