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Employment Opportunity - Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering - Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power

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Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering 
Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power
TERM & WAGE: January 15, 2018 to April 30, 2018
Time to organize, host event and develop and submit final report.
25 hours/week at $20 Hour
REPORTS TO: Health & Conference Planning Committee & Select Committee


The Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering will be taking place at the end of April 2018 (dates to be determined). Building on 8 years of gathering held in different places across the Island the gathering sets the table for people to share, connect and learn. The table will be set with the foods and knowledge holders and will focus on workshops that share hands on skills such as harvesting, preserving and preparing Indigenous foods; health value of a nourishing your body and community with these foods; seasonal harvesting and much more.
The two day gathering will culminate in a celebration feast held at the host Nation and will be an opportunity to showcase the Indigenous food workshops taking place before the event and offer a time to think about future harvesting activities for the upcoming spring and summer season.
The coordinator will be supported by an organizing committee made up of members from SȾÁUTW̱ Health (Tsawout), W̱JOȽEȽP Health (Tsartlip), Songhees Health, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, Project RECLAIM, SeaChange, Island Health, CRFair, and the Capital Regional District. There is also a toolkit available developed from previous workshops that will give the coordinator a template to work from in taking this project on. Typically in the past, workshops have attracted about 300 people.


  •  Coordinating, facilitating and attending gathering planning meetings
  • Work closely with the organizing committee to develop conference agenda and plan that showcases the Coast Salish food programs and knowledge holders and any other food knowledge across the island as organizing team sees as important.
  • Support and plan for the inclusion of cultural protocols, greetings, prayers and greeters as per host community.
  • Develop list of community who have food knowledge to share, present and showcase
  • Balance the agenda among modern and traditional presenters and approaches.
  • Organize a trade’s fair where members, food focused organizations and others can share, learn and barter.
  • Lead the conference working group and support their work and delegated duties.
  • Promotion and advertising of conference among Vancouver Island and Coastal First Nation Communities and former conference participants.
  • Attend events as requested to promote the event and to gather community requests.
  • Coordinate rental/use of facilities for the event along with working group
  • Coordinate and manage the conference registration. Support Island wide inclusion and representation with a greater focus in host area.
  • Booking accommodation requirements as direct by the working group.
  • Booking of caterers, sound systems, etc.
  • Coordination of display tables for conference community day.
  • Seek approval from organizing committee before booking facilities, caterers, etc.
  • Work closely with the organizing committee to ensure the proposed budget is adhered to.
  • Organize the capturing of the event film, photo and print, there will be support from identified members of the organizing committee
  • Work with organizing committee to produce final report

Education and Training

  •  Relevant experience and knowledge working in Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous focused approach to health promotion and community development.
  • Previous history organizing events
  • Project management would be a benefit


  • Previous experience working and organizing large community events
  •  Demonstrated experience working in community
  • Knowledge of local resources for this type of event

Skills and Abilities

  • Positive and effective oral and written communication skills: problem solving, record keeping, report writing,
  • Confident abilities with Microsoft word and templates for registration such as Excel or similar program
  • Organization and facilitation skills: ability to recruit and manage volunteers
  • Ability to organize and coordinate own schedule, set priorities and work with minimum supervision
  • Skills in working together with and in community
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with many people and groups
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively
  • Ability to establish trust with communities and partners
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Strong consensus-building skills


  • Able to work flexible working hours
  • Working from home
  • Working with a supportive organizing committee

We thank all interested applicants, however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code,
preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

DEADLINE DATE: Thursday, January 4, 2018 (4:00 pm)
Please submit a Cover letter and resume:

Glenda Gibbon, Health Manager
Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd., Saanichton, BC V8M 2E4
or send by fax or email to: fax: (250) 652-9114 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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