Indigenous Community Panel

Indigenous Community Panel

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QMUNITY operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia.  In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

The Organization:  QMUNITY is BC’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community hub and exists to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We do this in three ways: by supporting individuals, by strengthening our communities, and by leading the way towards legal and lived equality.

Diversity: QMUNITY is committed to equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups including trans and gender diverse persons, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities.

Purpose: The Role of the Indigenous Community Panel is to support existing and new programs at QMUNITY that aim to serve the Indigiqueer, trans, and Two-Spirit community..  A key aspect of the Indigenous Community Panel  is the ongoing support of the Indigenous Outreach Coordinator as well as assisting with oversight of the Decolonizing Queerness program. This role strengthens community partnerships and helps to create culturally safe practices and services specific to Indigenous and Two spirit communities. Strong preference given to candidates who identify as having Indigenous heritage, particularly relations of the Coast Salish people. 

Responsibilities:              

  • Support the Indigenous Outreach Coordinator in creating and applying cultural practices.
  • Provide mentorship and support in cultural teachings.
  • Navigate a network of indigenous leaders and community members.
  • Maintain and strengthen a safe and supportive environment for Indigiqueer and Two-Spirit people to openly express their gender, sexuality, and personal experiences.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with other indigenous community organizations.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with Indigenous and Two-Spirit peoples and/or Indigenous communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and community.
  • Strong knowledge of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and related issues; high sense of responsibility and commitment to the mission of QMUNITY.
  • Basic trauma informed cultural practices that better facilitate group topics

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Queer Competency in relation to Indigenous communities.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong Indigenous Cultural Competency and community involvement.
  • Strong Advocacy skills.

Technical Skills:

  • Prior experience, knowledge and cultural understanding gained from working with Indigenous peoples or within Indigenous communities.
  • Excellent communication skills, with a strong emphasis on written and oral presentation and ability to  take community knowledge into consideration.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to a high standard of community engagement and support
  • Provide a cultural lens while maintaining an open group dynamic
  • Support in cultural knowledge and Indigenizing spaces 

Salary: Hourly wage to be determined

Hours of Work:  The position is for a 6 month period and frequency of support in relation to QMUNITY needs. The role would entail 6-10 hours a month.

Accessibility: QMUNITY’s main office space is located on the second level of the building.  Applicants should be aware that there is a flight of 23 stairs to reach the office.

COVID-19: QMUNITY has developed COVID-19 Safety Plans. Service delivery is primarily conducted virtually, through email, phone, Zoom, Slack, etc. Our Occupational Health & Safety Committee continues to monitor on-going developments and makes recommendations based on public health guidance.

Start date: TBD

How to apply:  Email cover letter and resume, in either PDF or Word format and or another way of highlighting  your interest.  to [email protected] and [email protected] .  Please indicate” in the subject line.  Deadline closes June 6, 2022.

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