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Braiding Knowledges Program Coordinator

Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere

Position: Braiding Knowledges Program Coordinator
Reports to: Cultural Programs Manager
Wage: Level 5 (Program Coordinator) or Level 4 (Senior Specialist)
Salary range $26.77-$35.00/hour depending on experience of applicant.
Benefits available.
Terms: Permanent, Part or Full Time available.

*Candidate of Indigenous ancestry is preferred (i.e., from Turtle Island – First Nations Status and non-Status, Métis or Inuit). Knowledge of Anishinaabemowin is considered a benefit but
not required.

The Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere (GBB) is a community-based non-profit charity situated within Anishinaabek territory and operates an emerging consulting social enterprise
called Generations Effect. GBB acknowledges its responsibilities as an organization to reconciliation through respect and reciprocity. This position reflects our commitment as a UNESCO site to honour and uphold the international rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to honour and act upon the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. This position will be navigating important responsibilities of GBB with the support of other Indigenous staff members, senior program managers, and the leadership team.

In this role, the Braiding Knowledges Program Coordinator working with the Cultural Programs Manager and the Executive Leadership Team, will support the organization in five key areas of activity:
1. Learning – Support and facilitate organizational cultural learning opportunities for staff and Board members.
2. Internal Capacity Building – Support internal systems that honour cultural protocols and knowledge bundles. Help to Indigenize the learning and outreach materials of GBB.
3. Relationships – Liaise with Indigenous staff members, First Nations partners, cultural advisors, and Knowledge Holders to help guide GBB’s work in support of braiding knowledges as a charity. Help to guide the social enterprise in a way that upholds reciprocity within our communities.
4. Values – Help to meaningfully advance decolonization and anti-racism in GBB’s work. Find ways to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion within the organization and our region.
5. Braiding Knowledges – Support braiding knowledges (Edwi-waabndamang or ‘Seeing Both Sides’) in GBB’s work through respectful and appropriate application and use of cultural knowledges alongside (or instead of) dominant western knowledge approaches.

Specific projects in the first year include:
1. Co-create and present community workshops to share knowledges about ecosystem health, working with the State of the Bay program manager and other staff.
2. Collaborate with Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) to explore means and pathways of co-creating opportunities to lift Indigenous knowledges among youth in the region, and continue to help GBB bridge across cultures and communities.
3. Develop cultural education materials about species at risk, and help develop protocols for the use of Indigenous stories, art, and languages, working with the Lands and Waters team.
4. Facilitate Knowledge Holders’ visits, land-based learning, and/or Cultural Advisory Circles.
5. Expand the learning resources available to staff and help to uphold cultural protocols.
6. Support the planning and logistics for a Language Camp for Indigenous youth. GBB will provide mentorship and opportunities for professional development within this position, including Anishinaabek/Indigenous facilitation training and time for cultural and language learning, as part of restoring Indigenous ways of being. We also acknowledge that we are learning how to do this work well and this creates a broad scope of creativity in co-creating priorities and deliverables with the GBB team and the partners and communities with whom we have the privilege to work.

Strengths for this Position:
● Strong connections to, and understanding of, approaches to lifting Indigenous knowledges.
● A commitment to learning and supporting the braiding of Indigenous knowledges (‘Seeing Both Sides’ or ‘Two-Eyed Seeing’) into GBB’s work, when and where it is appropriate.
● Experience in facilitation and communications that supports staff in nurturing relationships.
● An engaging storyteller and comfortable public speaker.
● A personal connection to Mnidoo-gamii and knowledge of biodiversity: the lands, waters, sky, and living beings that are All Our Relations.
● Project management and coordination of tasks, including budget management.
● A driver’s license is an asset and access to a vehicle is beneficial (but not needed).

How to Apply:
Please forward a cover letter and résumé as one PDF document to Greg Mason by email ( by August 1, 2024.

All applications will be acknowledged once received. Only successful candidates will be offered an interview. Thank you for your interest in this position! Miigwech!

GBB’s hiring and standard employee policies and procedures recognize and uphold antiracist, equitable, and inclusive processes. GBB welcomes and encourages applications from
people with disabilities. If you would like to apply to a job, are scheduled for an interview, or have been offered a position within GBB and require accommodations and/or accessibility
measures, please email to request or call us at 705.774.0978.

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