Community Facilitator – Data Sovereignty


Type: Full time (35 hours/week); renewable annually

Salary: 28$  to 30$/hr depending on demonstrated skills and HR policies)

Benefits: 

  • Six percent (6%) vacation, personal and wellness days, winter break, and more;  
  • Group insurance plan (health, dental, life, and more); 
  • Group RRSP plan (employer-matched).

Are you passionate about reclaiming Indigenous ways of life and of transferring knowledge? Would you like to get involved in decolonizing research and consulting practices? Do you have both active listening skills and the ability to facilitate community consultations and safe spaces ? 

The Data Sovereignty Community Facilitator will be responsible for contributing to the NETWORK’s vision of fostering an environment centred on relationship-building and community connections. If you want to be part of a project led by and built for Indigenous community members to reclaim their data sovereignty, this job is for you!

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Indigenous data collection and safety project is an important milestone in fulfilling the mission and vision of the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK. The project aims to recognize Indigenous expertise and skills by reclaiming the leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on collecting Indigenous data and through culturally appropriate processes. 

The facilitator’s mission will be to transform and “indigenize” the way Indigenous data is collected, stored and managed. Working with the Director of Communications and the Project Coordinator, the facilitator will be responsible for laying the project’s groundwork and applying Indigenous methodologies to processes, ensuring that Indigenous peoples have ownership of Indigenous data and that it serves their own interests.

 

SKILLS

Possess an excellent knowledge of Indigenous communities

  • Being Indigenous or having the ability to build trust with Indigenous  communities;
  • Knowing the realities and complexities of Indigenous communities in the urban context of Montreal.

Understand data sovereignty issues

  • Understanding the context of data sovereignty, the power imbalance, the need for Indigenous people to become leaders in protecting their own intellectual properties, data and data management.

Create, foster and facilitate ethical and cultural safe spaces

  • Detaining skills and experience to facilitate and nurture culturally safe consultation spaces within Indigenous communities;
  • Having experience in conflict management, negotiations, etc;
  • Demonstrating active listening and questioning skills to build trust and confidence to ensure a free-flowing and productive exchange;
  • Being able to adopt an objective view and ask questions free of bias.
  • Being able to travel to communities in Quebec to create in person relationships built on trust and collect available data;
  • Detaining skills to clearly communicate the objectives and benefits of the project with  communities involved.

Soft Skills

  • Being empathetic and patient;
  • Being able to see the big picture and make connections between the advisory circles and the objectives to be met in order to carry the project conpletion; ;
  • Being sincerely committed to decolonization and understanding current issues faced by Indigenous peoples.

Know-How

  • Being familiar with the ethical principles guiding research involving Indigenous people (OCAP, ITK, etc);
  • Working with the Project Coordinator and the Director of Communications;
  • Enjoying team work;
  • Participating in meetings with Montréal en Commun;
  • Writing progress reports.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess a graduate degree in a relevant discipline or demonstrated experience in facilitation, mediation or other related fields;
  • Proficiency in French and English (any Indigenous language is an asset – especially Inuktitut).

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter and resume before September 5th to emplois-jobs@reseaumtlnetwork.com.

Given the mission and nature of the activities of the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK, First Nations, Inuit and Métis candidates will be given priority. 

Candidates who feel they are overqualified for this position are encouraged to apply. The NETWORK is a fast-moving organization.