Download the posting here: 2022 Oshkwazin Summer Trailblazers_Posting.pdf
Title: Oshkwazin Summer Trailblazer (formerly known as Oshkwazin Summer Ambassadors)
Program: TRACKS Oshkwazin Indigenous Leadership
Work term: 15 hours/week for 8 weeks in July and August
Reporting to: Oshkwazin Youth Supervisor
Number of positions: 6
Part One | Program Description
TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) facilitates dynamic, land-based youth programming that braids multiple scientific approaches by centring Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
TRACKS is an educational program based on Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg territory. We are hosted by Trent University within the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) and operate in partnership with founding partner organization Kawartha World Issues Centre and the First Peoples House of Learning. We deliver both free programming with First Nations and urban Indigenous community partners as well as a series of fee-for-service camps and workshops for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. TRACKS consists of two distinct and connected programs: Education and Oshkwazin Indigenous Youth Leadership.
IMPORTANT: This posting is for the TRACKS Oshkwazin Indigenous Leadership program. Before applying, please review our website to understand the mandate of Oshkwazin.
TRACKS Oshkwazin Summer Trailblazers should identify as Indigenous and be between 14 and 18 years of age. A main component of this position is to experience Indigenous youth leadership building opportunities with a small group of other Indigenous youth (up to six) and the Oshkwazin Youth Supervisor. The Oshkwazin Youth Trailblazers will coordinate and help lead 4 on-the-land learning days in August, where they will have the opportunity to put their leadership skills and Traditional Ecological Knowledge into practice. If COVID-19 measures allow, a small group of outside youth will be invited to participate; if not, the Trailblazers will be the only participants. These positions are responsible for helping to develop the Oshkwazin program, by contributing their ideas for what sorts of programming Oshkwazin can do in the future. This is one of the ways that Oshkwazin ensures youth input in its programming.
Part Two | COVID-19 Update and Conditions
Due to COVID-19 and TRACKS Youth Program continues to align with the guidelines of Trent University and Peterborough Public Health when it comes to our operations. Although some programming, office hours and staff training will take place online (video calls, e-mails, etc.), the majority will take place in person. A main component of this position is to develop educational programming to be delivered in schools, extra-curricular programs and homes that encourages youth to get outside and engage in hands-on activities while following COVID-19 safety measures. Hiring timeline, work term and contract responsibilities are subject to change with appropriate notice based on guidance from Peterborough Public Health and Trent University.
Part Three | Position Details
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Other Qualifications and Assets:
Part Four | TRACKS Hiring Policies
TRACKS strives for equity in its hiring and specifically welcomes applications from all qualified candidates including those experiencing marginalization, including women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Indigenous people (including First Nation, Metis, Inuit and non-status), those identifying as Two-Spirit or LGBTQIA+, parents and caregivers, and those dealing with adversity in their lives. We commit to making reasonable accommodations for those needing additional support, as much as possible within the expectations and requirements of this position.
IMPORTANT: Due to the funding structure of TRACKS Oshkwazin, and the goal of the program being to nurture Indigenous leaders, only Indigenous applicants will be considered for these positions.
Why work for TRACKS?
TRACKS places high priority on providing training and professional development opportunities for all employees. By working with TRACKS, you can expect to grow your resume and build competencies which are valuable to future employers. These competencies include:
You will also have the opportunity to be involved in various types of training and have the freedom to pursue your individual interests related to Indigenous Ways of Knowing. This position will also allow you to access resources available through Trent University.
Part Five | Application and Submission
Please visit the following webpage to fill out our application: click here
As part of this online application, applicants must submit:
IMPORTANT: If you need assistance filling out the online application, please reach out to Maggie Cummings, Oshkwazin Director, to help.
Applications will be accepted until May 27th, 2022 at 11:59pm. Please submit the above on our website at the following link: https://www.tracksprogram.ca/oshkwazin-summer-trailblazers
Direct any questions regarding the application process to Maggie Cummings, Oshkwazin Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.