Traditional Knowledge Coordinator - Thunder Bay, Midland, Fort Frances, or Toronto

Internal/External job posting
Thunder Bay, Midland, Fort Frances, or Toronto
Determinate, full-time position
Closes June 29, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.
Posting #062917-TKC-SS

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking up to three Métis youth for the position of Traditional Knowledge Coordinator-Summer Student to support the Youth Oral History Project which will in turn provide support to the Canoe Expedition via documenting and sharing community stories.  The prime objective of the Traditional Knowledge Coordinator-Summer Student is to collaborate with MNO staff, MNO leadership, MNO Citizens, potential industry and government partners, and MNO contractors on gathering and documenting traditional knowledge, land use, and way of life projects   The position is determinate (ending September 1, 2017), full time, $16/hour wage, located in  Thunder Bay, Midland, Fort Frances, or Toronto.  The Traditional Knowledge Coordinator-Summer Student reports to the Associate Director of Education and Way of Life.

In carrying out the following duties, it is expected that the Traditional Knowledge Coordinator-Summer Student will at all times:

  • Fully understand the significance and fundamental importance of MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose (SPP) to all MNO’s work, and to the requirements of the position specifically
  • Adhere to MNO Policies and Procedures and MNO’s Financial Policies and Procedures
  • Uphold MNO’s Standards of Professional Conduct
  • Adhere to Privacy Laws and respect confidential information
  • The employee must be cognizant of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers' Safety and Insurance Board, Ontario Human Rights Code, Canadian Human Rights Act, and other legislative requirements
  • Work in collaboration within the branch and with other MNO branches
  • Attend the MNO Annual General Assembly (MNO Policy 2.120)

Reporting to the Associate Director of Education and Way of LIfe, the duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Work as part of an MNO team to gather community stories, oral histories, traditional knowledge and/or land use information by interviewing Métis knowledge holders from MNO Métis communities across Ontario.
  2. Use video and camera equipment for documentation as required
  3. Assist with the collection, archiving, review and access of data associated with traditional knowledge, land use and way of life projects.
  4. Assisting with the development and delivery of training, communications and education materials regarding the Métis way of life in Ontario, traditional knowledge and land use studies, and other projects.
  5. Assist with outreach to MNO communities regarding the Métis way of life in Ontario, traditional knowledge and land use studies, and other way of life projects
  6. Assist in the development of an improved understanding of Métis culture and traditional way of life.
  7. Travel to communities to gather traditional knowledge and oral histories
  8. Assist with presentations, training, and/or attend meetings/community events.  This may require overnight stays in the community and a varied work schedule


Mandatory Qualifications

  • Must be Métis
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be 18 to 29 years of age at the start of employment
  • Preference is given to applicants who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education


  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, research, co-ordinate, and organize accordingly
  • Experience using/handling video and camera equipment
  • Experience collecting oral history data and/or interviewing individuals of a community
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little supervision
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)
  • Ability to effectively and courteously interact with the public
  • Demonstrated to be very responsible, reliable, and able to work a flexible work schedule
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, with travel to various locations
  • Valid Class G Drivers’ License and use of a vehicle with appropriate insurance
  • English language skills are required, French is an asset



The Métis Nation of Ontario welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Application Instructions

To apply answer the following questions. Questions denoted by a " * " are mandatory requirements and must provide the appropriate response in order to continue to the next stage: