Student RA Job Opportunity: Bicentennial (Share widely)

 

ISCEI and the Bicentennial Working Group are looking for a part-time research assistant to help in the research, planning and logistical coordination of the Bicentennial Anniversary Program. Applicants must have a strong understanding and awareness of Indigenous-centered methodology and community. The research involved will focus on McGill’s history with Indigenous communities, and the RA will be reporting to Indigenous Initiatives (Office of the Provost).

If you know of a student who would be interested in this position, please pass this along to them. Indigenous applicants will be prioritized, but non-Indigenous applicants are still welcomed.

 

Primary Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Indigenous Initiatives (Office of the Provost, Vice-Principal Academic and Finance), the selected student will:

Program

  • Conduct research on topics as deemed relevant to the Bicentennial Indigenous Program. This will include, but not limited to the following topics:
  •  McGill’s Indigenous history:
  • Historical figures, notable alumni
  • Relationships to communities
  • Milestones
  • Attend meetings with the committee and take minutes if need be.
  • Assist with internal communications as required
  • Assist with stakeholder mapping and engagement.

 

Administrative

  • Meeting minutes
  • Information management
  • Logistical planning and coordination

 

Required skills and knowledge

  • Professionalism and ability to interact with various stakeholder groups including academics, administrators, students, and external contacts.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated writing and communications skills.
  • Knowledge of, and prior experience in conducting research in University Archives is an asset.
  • English, spoken and written. Proficiency in French would be an asset.

 

 

Wage: $15/hour

Hours: 15-20 hours/week

Closing date: N/A

Duration: ~15 weeks (Dec.. 2020 – April . 2021)

To apply: Please email cover letter (including student ID no.) and résumé to iscei@mcgill.ca

 

Youth Fusion is Hiring

Founded in 2009, Youth Fusion is an award-winning charity that contributes to reducing dropout rates, developing 21st century skills and increasing community engagement among youth by implementing innovative experiential learning projects that create ongoing links between schools and communities. Currently, Youth Fusion is partnered with McGill to help students with career opportunities as well as mentored learning.

Every week, we work with 12,700 youth in 220 schools in rural and urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Youth Fusion is presently hiring for various positions and we invite you to visit the Careers section of our website. We also wanted to put forward the following positions:

Youth Fusion highly values Indigenous knowledge; self-identifying Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

For more information or to apply you can contact Lydia Risi, Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy – First Nations and Inuit communities (lrisi@fusionjeunesse.org).

Pick Your Path returns for March Break Sessions

This summer, Branches launched a mentorship program titled Pick Your Path, a four-week online learning experience. Indigenous students from highschool, CEGEP as well as university were able to participate in the program.

Pick Your Path provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of academic fields as well as career exploration. It also provided an opportunity for Indigenous students to familiarize themselves with McGill, and how they can be part of the larger community. Branches seek to create equitable opportunities for students interested in pursuing academics. University Advancement recently published an article about the program, including this video:

Branches plans to offer two more sessions during March Break in 2021 for high school students. The program is offered to Indigenous students as well as those in underrepresented communities. To learn more about Branches’ outreach initiatives, check out their website!

McGill Student and Professor attend 2020 Beading Symposium

The 2020 Beading Symposium: Ziigimenshin, was held February 6-9th. It is the second iteration of the Beading Symposia, with the first being held in Tkaronto in 2019. This year’s iteration took place in Winnipeg and was organized by the Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) in partnership with Urban Shaman, Manitoba Museum, with ancillary programming by MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). The symposium served as a place to contribute to the scholarly study of Contemporary Indigenous Art, with a focus on community and the role beadwork has in it.

With travel funding support from the Andrew W. Mellon-funded ISCEI, McGill Art History student Hana Nikčević and Professor Gloria Bell traveled to attend the symposium.

Alongside the symposium, attendees were also able to visit exhibitions such as Endurance ….. Patience curated by Daina Warren at Urban Shaman and Community Beading Table Group Show curated by Niahm Dooley at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA).

Hana Nikcevic discussed her experience at the Symposium, and particularly appreciated “the chance to learn about beadwork as a creative practice with resonances for cultural heritage, intergenerational knowledge transfer, community building, and aesthetic experimentation.”

The Symposium also focused on contemporary beading and encouraged participants to bring their own projects to work on at the many beading tables that fostered community and new connections. Ziigimenshin provided a space to explore and create a dialogue about the interrelatedness of history and present, theory and practice, creativity, and community.

To learn more about ISCEI’s funding opportunities, click here!

ISCEI community engagement funding and RA opportunities

Calls for funding for Indigenous community engagement projects, as well as a note about RA opportunities, are posted on the new ISCEI website here: https://mcgill.ca/iscei/our-intiatives/funding-opportunities. The fall round of funding proposals are due September 15th.

ISCEI administrative coordinator position

ISCEI is looking for a full-time administrative coordinator to help develop Indigenous programming, provide administrative support, and serve as a liaison between academic initiatives and Indigenous communities on and off campus. The full position posting and details for how to apply can be found here.

Experience working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous initiatives in Canada, with a strong preference for candidates with experience in Indigenous language revitalization. Ability to serve as a liaison between community-based and university-based initiatives, and to help build connections and develop activities and programming. Excellent problem-solving, prioritizing, and organizational skills, with a demonstrated ability to multi-task, take initiative, meet deadlines, and work autonomously. Self-motivated, team-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, communicating both internally and externally to McGill with academics, staff, Indigenous communities and community organizations, and government officials. Proven experience with project management, and with event organisation and promotion.

Please contact iscei@mcgill.ca with any questions!

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