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IMN-PN Newsletter October 1, 2020 Edition

IMN-PN Updates

COVID-19 UPDATES

  • The IMN-PN has created a Response & Resource page on our website. To learn more about current updates at each partner institution, as well as resources for students and community, please visit uvic.ca/imnpn
  • Across Canada, many institutions are suspending all research activities involving direct contact between humans. Please follow the directive of your institution and pause all face-to-face research activities for the time being. Please check with your institution before using online platforms for data collection
  • To support the measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, please join us in following federal and provincial government recommendations and adhering to the advice provided by the WHO (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public).
  • We are thinking of you - please stay safe and healthy

LOOKING TO CONNECT TO A MENTOR?

  • If you are looking to connect to a mentor please join our monthly meet-ups at each network site. These are open to all our mentors and mentees! Our Graduate Peer Mentors want to meet you! If you are looking to specifically engage with someone please look at the online directory, and we can either connect you via email or you are welcome to email anyone that is online yourself. To have a facilitated connection please email: imnpn@uvic.ca

IMN-PN CURRENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

  • We have several placements available and these opportunities can be applied to throughout the year. Please visit: uvic.ca/imnpn

IMN-PN CALL FOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

  • Do you or your organization have any upcoming priority wellness-related research projects for which you require the assistance of an Indigenous research assistant/ student intern?
  • We are looking for opportunities for students! One of the funding opportunities available is the Research Experience Award, which provides $1,000-$2,000 (depending on level of study) to Indigenous students proposing to undertake a wellness-related research project initiated by and of interest to an Indigenous community or organization. These projects may involve, for instance, assisting with a community-level knowledge translation event, land-based research activity, community research engagement meeting, environmental scan or literature review. These research experiences are overseen by academic and community or organizational Mentors, who will provide guidance, supervision and mentorship to the Mentees.
  • If you are interested in hosting, supervising or mentoring a Mentee, please email: imnpn@uvic.ca. We would be happy to advertise any placements through our network!
  • The Research Experience Award will now be available on a rolling basis!

IMN-PN REGISTRATION SURVEY

TRAINING & EVENTs

Indigenous Graduate Student Socials

IMN-PN is offering an Indigenous Grad Student Social video call on a bi-weekly basis to allow all of you to connect with one another during these uncertain times. We understand how difficult the transition away from community in the academy has been, and would like to hold the space for you all to connect, virtually.

Our Indigenous Grad Student Social calls will take place biweekly on Thursdays from 10am-11am PST. Email imnpn@uvic.ca for the link.

Indigenous Research Writing Group

Ongoing virtual writing group. Open to UVic graduate students and faculty.

UPDATED: Now open to Indigenous graduate students throughout so-called Canada.

A writing group for UVic graduate students and faculty doing Indigenous focused research led by Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. Join us every Friday until December 5, 2020 from 9:30 until noon for a focused writing session.

Register here

Indigenous communities holding research funds: What's involved? Pros and cons? A discussion with Dr. Caroline Tait

Description: Join us for a discussion with Dr. Caroline Tait, PhD, who leads the Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training and Knowledge Mobilization Network (FMHRN, the Saskatchewan NEIHR network), and is the Nominated Principal Applicant of the National NEIHR Coordinating Centre, which supports the nine NEIHR networks across Canada. Dr. Tait, a medical anthropologist, is Métis from MacDowall, Saskatchewan, and a member of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.

Date and time: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 11:00am - 12:30pm (PDT) | 12:00 - 1:30pm (MDT) | 12:00 - 1:30pm (CST) | 1:00 - 2:30 pm (CDT) | 2:00 - 3:30pm (EDT) |3:00 - 4:30pm (ADT)

Join online via Webex or Join by phone: 1-855-966-1197 (Toll Free), Access code: 145 020 3443

Research Funding

CRAIG H. NEILSEN FOUNDATION

ELDER GRANTS

  • The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per projects that benefit Elders and/or Elders groups at the community or Nation level. The purpose of the initiative is capacity building that enhances knowledge, abilities, skills and processes in areas such as language and culture, mentorship, leadership and team building
  • Open Until Funds Exhausted
  • More information

YOUTH GRANTS

  • The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per projects per First Nations youth group at the community level to implement projects that promote capacity development and language revitalization
  • Open Until Funds are Exhausted
  • More information

SSHRC CONNECTION GRANTS

CANADIAN ABORIGINAL AIDS NETWORK RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (RPDP)

ADDITIONAL Student FundinG

Ch'nook Scholars

  • The Ch’nook Scholars program gives Indigenous post-secondary business students the tools and connections they need to succeed in their studies and careers, as well as a range of other benefits
  • Ch’nook Scholars is open to status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students studying full-time in a business program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia or at the University of British Columbia
  • The scholarship amount is increased to $3,500 per Scholar (normally $2,000), distributed in two payments of $1,750 – once in the fall and once in the spring. This is in acknowledgement of the financial hardship that COVID-19 is causing many students.
  • The usual Fall and Spring Gatherings are being replaced with monthly virtual events (preliminary dates are listed on the Ch’nook website). Scholars must commit to attending four of the five virtual events to successfully complete the program and receive the second scholarship payment. If a student wishes to apply but knows they will have trouble making the events listed, please ask them to reach out to me in advance of applying.
  • Deadline:Sunday 18 October, 11:59pm
  • More information

UVic LE,NONET Bursary for the Fall/Winter term

  • LE,NONET Bursaries are intended to supplement existing financial resources for Indigenous (First Nations Status/non-Status, Inuit and Métis) students currently enrolled for the summer semester in full time undergraduate or graduate studies at the University of Victoria
  • LE,NONET Undergraduate bursaries, up to a maximum value of $3,000 per year (September-August), will be awarded to undergraduate Indigenous students who demonstrate financial need.
  • LE,NONET Graduate bursaries, up to a maximum value of $2,000 per year (September-August), will be awarded to graduate Indigenous students who demonstrate financial need. Please see application packages for eligibility details and bursary terms.
  • Applications are available at the First Peoples House (UVic) or by contacting lenonet@uvic.ca
  • Deadline: Friday, October 30st, 2020 at 4:00 pm 

CRE’s Centre for Indigenous Policy and Research: Indigenous Youth Research Grants

  • This program provides small grants to Indigenous youth who want to design, develop, and implement their own community-based research projects in Canada. Small grants of $1000 will be provided to successful applicants to implement their project.
  • This program is designed to ignite grassroots youth-led research projects and to highlight emerging researchers in new ways. No research experience needed, just a desire to learn and produce research that matters to youth and their communities.
  • More information

GRADUATE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS IN STEM FIELDS

  • The Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York‘s College of Environmental Science & Forestry is recruiting students for graduate study in diverse environmental science fields: ecology, sustainability, conservation biology, restoration, environmental engineering, and more.
  • Through support from the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, the program provides funding for full tuition, stipends, and professional development to Native American students pursuing MS and PhD degrees. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information

THE NEW RELATIONSHIP TRUST FOUNDATION

MITACS ACCELERATE FELLOWSHIP

ABORIGINAL SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

Job Postings

Project Respect Program Coordinator - Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

  • Responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of VSAC’s Project Respect community and school-based initiatives, including the delivery of youth sexualized violence prevention workshops and youth social action projects
  • Compensation: BCGEU Grid level 14, $26.94 per hour, 25 hours* per week. This position requires union membership with the BCGEU.
  • Location: With Covid-19, Prevention staff are currently working remotely. The successful candidate must be available to work in-person once it is safe to do so
  • Hours: Daytime, some evenings and weekends
  • Deadline: October 6th
  • To Apply: please submit a cover letter and a resume to: Alyx MacAdams, Prevention Co-Director (Interim), at alyx@yesmeansyes.com

IACE – Creating Caring Communities (CCC) Student Events Assistant

  • The CCC Student Events Assistant will assist the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement in the planning, coordination and implementation of CCC student virtual initiatives. As UVic is transitioning to provide primarily online courses for the Fall, the Winter semester may also be a combination of virtual and on- campus events, depending on COVID19 safety protocols
  • Location: Virtually and potentially on-campus
  • Compensation: $20.50/hour (including 4% vacation pay)
  • Term: 300 hours
  • To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: Lalita Kines, Associate Director, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, First Peoples House Room 147, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Email: iaceassocdir@uvic.ca

IACE – LE,NONET Student Employment Assistant

  • The LE,NONET Student Employment Assistant will work remotely to assist the LE,NONET Experiential Learning Coordinator in tasks relating to the planning, marketing, delivery and tracking of employment related events and opportunities.
  • Location: On campus and/or remotely
  • Compensation: $20.50/hour (including 4% vacation pay)
  • Term: 300 hours
  • To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: Renée Livernoche, LE,NONET Experiential Learning Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, First Peoples House Room 133, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Email: lenonetelc@uvic.ca

Registered Nurse

  • The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) Registered Nurse will provide full-time support to the ACEH programming, primarily the Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Program Cohort at the Culturally Supportive House (CSH) and will extend services to the indigenous women residing at the Spaken House( SH). The ACEH Nurse will develop Risk Management & Wellness Plans for individuals from these houses and the street community in order for them to attend the Land-based Healing Camps. The RN will lead coordination and delivery of Wellness Plans that include harm reduction care including substance use supports for safe and low-barrier participation in camps. The ACEH Nurse will contribute to the development of the Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework based on lessons learned from a nursing perspective. The ACEH Nurse will work closely with the Executive Director and the ACEH Team comprised of: a Research Team, Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Program Manager, Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework (DHRF) Coordinator, Management Staff, and the House Managers
  • Nursing, Outreach, and Harm Reduction (Approximately 50%), Outreach & Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework (Approximately 50%)
  • Compensation: $79,040 annually
  • Term: Position available starting Sept 2020 – March 2021 with a strong possibility of continuation
  • To apply: send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ACEHsociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com with Registered Nurse Application in the subject line.

Student Research Assistant

  • This is a part-time, term position with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) as a Student Research Assistant. Reporting directly to the Research Analyst, the Student Research Assistant will contribute to the development of the Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Program, the Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework, as well as a project exploring the impact of labels and stigma as it relates to Indigenous individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Compensation: $19.50 per hour for
  • Hours: 10 hours per week - 6 hours at our Westshore office (102-2298 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC), and 4 hours working remotely
  • Term: Position available October 21st, 2020 until March 24th, 2021
  • To apply: send a resume and cover letter to mdueck@ACEHsociety.com and operations@ACEHsociety.com. Please cc director@ACEHsociety.com and include “Student Research Assistant” in the subject line.
  • Deadline: October 8th

INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

  • This position will oversee an increase in Indigenous representation and participation at CFUV, the provision of media learning opportunities led by Indigenous media practitioners, and the creation of honoraria-funded documentaries by and for Indigenous communities and individuals living within the CRD. This position is open to Work from Home/Remote Work situations. Occasional on-site work may be required. This position is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and is limited to Indigenous applicants.
  • Hours: Full-time: 30 hours/week
  • Term: Oct. 19th 2020 - July 30th 2021
  • Compensation: $23,600 (plus extended health and dental coverage)
  • To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to manager@cfuv.ca.
  • More Information

Team Assistant

  • NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of First Nation families in self- determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well- being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities. The Team Assistant primarily duties include administration support to field staff and reception duties at our front desk.
  • Compensation: $19.84 – $23.10 per hour
  • Hours: Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • Qualifications: Office Assistant certificate/diploma or 3 – 5 years’ work experience as administrative support; a combination of education and experience would also be considered. Min 1 year of experience in maintaining filing systems or completed courses in electronic case file management systems
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Your cover letter and resume which outline how you meet the qualifications for this position can be emailed to Nooreen Kabani, HR Consultant, NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society, at: nooreen@exalthrconsulting.com

Executive Assistant Office Manager - Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

  • The Executive Assistant/Office Manager is responsible for the administrative capacity development of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, is required to provide a broad range of support to assist the Executive Director to respond to the overall vision and strategic directions of the Society, and is responsible to coordinate Board of Director meetings and ensure confidentiality and records are maintained and filed. The position works closely with senior management staff
  • Compensation: Based on experience and qualifications
  • Hours: 8 hours/day, Monday-Friday
  • Term: Position available starting August 2020 – March 2021 with a strong possibility of continuation
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@ACEHsociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com with Executive Assistant Application in the subject line.

Indigenous Programs Research Assistant

  • The applicant for this position will be responsible for the following: Ongoing participant observation, journaling in the pilot projects, Data entry and data analysis support, Participate in the implementation of the participant consent entry/one month/exit and follow up surveys, Possible support for the end of session talking circles, Possible support for the follow up interviews with participants, Support in the development of the blueprint / healing cards
  • Compensation: $22 -26/hr - commensurate with experience
  • Term: Contract; October 6th, 2020 March 2023 (exact date is TBD)
  • Hours: 5-10 per week (Dependant on groups actively in session)
  • Deadline: 5:00pm on Friday, September 4, 2020
  • How to apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to research@bfws.ca

Housing Director - Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

  • Reporting to the Executive Director, the Housing Director (HD) will provide support to the Society’s House Managers related to operations, programming, staff training, emergency preparedness, and overall capacity development. The HD will perform a public relations role and create a community resources catalogue. The HD is also responsible to provide new housing staff with an orientation to the Society’s history and strategic directions, vision, mission, and values. Additionally, the HD will become familiar with the ACEH Housing Development Tool Kit and provide in-service to partner communities and organize training teams to support partner communities as required
  • Term: Position available on a temporary term starting as soon as possible with strong possibility of continuing
  • Compensation: $70,720 annually
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to operations@ACEHSociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com

POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN DECOLONIZING PRAXIS

  • The Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD), University of Victoria is seeking applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) in the area of decolonizing praxis within post-secondary environments, ideally starting on January 1, 2021. The successful candidate will be a junior scholar possessing a strong background in Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies
  • Term: 2 years
  • Compensation: This fellowship will be financially supported for two years, with a possibility of renewal for one additional year, subject to the availability of funds and positive evaluations. The successful applicant will receive a $50,000 fellowship per year and an additional $5,000 per year in research funds to support activities related to the fellowship. Any teaching the PDF agrees to undertake will be in the form of paid sessional instruction
  • Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • To Apply: Please send a cover letter that refers to the role description, CV, one writing sample and the names of two referees (one academic, one Indigenous community, collective or organization) to: Kathy Jang (Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean-Research) at hsdadradmin@uvic.ca

Indigenous Research Trainee/Facilitators

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Applicant, Dr. Charlotte Loppie (UVic), and Network Coordinator, Tara Erb (UVic), as well as working with the BC NEIHR key partners (First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation BC, and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres), the IRTFs will undertake the following activities: Support Indigenous Communities, Collectives and Organizations (ICCOs), Knowledge Sharing Mobilization (KSM), Event Coordination, Special Projects and Travel, and Communications and Training
  • Hours: Part-time position (20 hours/week)
  • Term: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2025. Possible extension to full-time position.
  • Compensation: $25,000
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • Please send an electronic application package including a cover letter that addresses the job description and requirements along with a current CV or resume to: Network Coordinator // bcneihr@uvic.ca

VICTORIA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY

Unique Opportunities

RURAL eMENTORING BC

  • Connecting rural high school students with health science student mentors from all across BC. Always recruiting mentors and mentees for the program! Looking to connect with any high school students or post secondary students interested in online learning/mentoring about pathways to the health sciences
  • More information

UVIC COOP STUDENT OPPORTUNITY WITH BC HOUSING: PEOPLE, PLANTS AND HOMES (PPH) COOP STUDENT 1

  • The Coop Student reports to the People Plants & Homes (PPH) Coordinator and and works as part of the PPH and Housing and Health Services team to support gardening and food security programs. The desired candidate understands how gardening can improve one’s mental and physical health and is passionate about food security, sustainability, gardening and community development
  • Contact indgcoop@uvic.ca or call 250-721-6326

INDIGENOUS STUDENT MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT CENTRE FOR HEART LUNG INNOVATION, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, UBC

  • Visits to northern First Nations communities to assist with collecting information about lung health; creating reports and other knowledge translation materials regarding our research; assisting with environmental scans and literature reviews; and helping with lab activities related to our research, including data entry, preparing materials for data collection
  • Visit website: prrl.rehab.med.ubc.ca

MICRO-GRANTS PROGRAMS

  • The FPCC Micro-Grant program assists Indigenous artists and collectives in British Columbia to achieve outcomes that respond to extenuating circumstances and emergent needs, as well as contribute to professional development in all artistic disciplines, with grants of $1,000
  • Apply throughout the year
  • More information
Publications & Resources

STRATEGIC PLAN: Setting new directions to support Indigenous research and research training in Canada 2019 - 2022

  • The strategic plan is published by the federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council—and fulfills a priority of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee to co-develop with Indigenous Peoples an interdisciplinary research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation
  • More information

TRI-COUNCIL POLICY STATEMENT: ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMANS (TCPS2: 2018)

  • Read more (Chapter 9, Research Involving Indigenous peoples)

MEASURING WELLNESS: AN INDICATOR DEVELOPMENT GUIDE FOR FIRST NATIONS

HEALTH MATTERS- AFN

FIRST NATIONS MENTAL WELLNESS CONTINUUM FRAMEWORK

BC CAMPUS INDIGENIZATION GUIDES

KEY INEQUALITIES IN CANADA: A NATIONAL PORTRAIT-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

WHO IS RESEARCH SERVING? A SYSTEMATIC REALIST REVIEW OF CIRCUMPOLAR ENVIRONMENT-RELATED INDIGENOUS HEALTH LITERATURE

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: UNDERSTANDING HOW PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS INFLUENCE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES LIVING ON-RESERVE

INDIGENOUS ELDERS CONTRIBUTION TOOLKIT

MENOPAUSE AND INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN CANADA: THE STATE OF CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Authors: Regine Halseth, Charlotte Loppie, Nicole Robinson
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EXPLORING SOCIALLY-RESPONSIVE APPROACHES TO CHILDREN'S REHABILITATION WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

The IMN-PN network is generously supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. For a complete list of project partners and supporters, please visit our website at: https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/circle/network/resources/index.php.