Posted on 12/28/2019 in Food Services | Listing #3965

Cultural Advisor (Ojiibikens Early Years Program)

Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network 720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON J4Y 0K7, Canada
Start Date 01/20/2020
Cultural Advisor (Ojiibikens Early Years Program)
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Position: Cultural Advisor (Ojiibikens Early Years Program) 

About Ojibiikaan

Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network (Ojibiikaan) is a First Nations-led not-for-profit in Toronto. Ojibiikaan formed in 2018 in response to an identified gap in dedicated Indigenous Food Sovereignty programming to address food systems, food education, food justice, and agricultural and ecological practices and protocols in Toronto. Our mandate is to strengthen Indigenous roots in Toronto, the GTA and surrounding First Nations communities through knowledge exchange and land-based food projects.


Ojiibikens (“Little Roots”) is Ojibiikaan’s Early Years program. Under this program, staff will deliver mobile cultural and land-based activities for Indigenous children and their families in Toronto. This program is funded through the City of Toronto by the Government of Ontario Journey Together strategy for reconciliation.


Role Summary


Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with the Ojibiikaan team, the Cultural Advisor works to provide cultural expertise, guidance and direction to the Ojibiikaan programs.


Duties and Responsibilities


Cultural Programming and Special Events (70%)

  • Provide assistance to Community Facilitators, when needed, in delivering regular programming in support of Ojibiikaans’ mandate;
  • Assist in the development of material and resources for Community Facilitators to utilize in programming and communication with the community;
  • Assist in the design of cultural components for all Ojibiikaan programming and internal policy that will ensure the cultural connection is maintained in all aspects of Ojibiikaan business;
  • Support and work with partner agencies to deliver collaborative programming; and
  • Assist the Community Facilitators in program design, facilitating workshops and hosting community events.

Administration (25%)

  • Document weekly activities;
  • Prepare reports and participate in funding reporting by tracking relevant information as per funder requirements as well as internal requirements;
  • Assist with the coordination, implementation, and tracking of project evaluation tools such as outcome measurement, frameworks, surveys and participant evaluation forms;
  • Participate in planning and projecting for upcoming programs;
  • Support community outreach and consultation sessions as required, attend committee meetings as required;
  • Provide support to funding applications as required; and
  • Prepare weekly timesheets for submission to the Executive Director.

Other (5%) 

  • Collaborate with all members of Ojibiikaan on program initiatives development;
  • Maintain and upgrade professional skills;
  • Promote a healthy, safe work environment; and
  • Perform other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate.

 Education and Experience Required 

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in early Indigenous Studies, community development or other related field, or equivalent experience; 
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience delivering family services or programs to Indigenous communities; 
  • Experience in working with Indigenous children, youth and families in an urban setting; 
  • Experience in outreach, facilitating workshops and delivering presentations; 
  • In-depth understanding of cultural protocol; 
  • Familiarity with the Indigenous urban communities in the GTA; 
  • Familiarity with organizations serving the Indigenous communities in the GTA is an asset;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Knowledge of gardening, food accessibility and food sovereignty, and community based education. 
  • Strong knowledge of Indigenous food systems, planting techniques, ceremony and protocol and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. 
  • Knowledge of a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit language is a definite asset.
  • Commitment to fostering positive community atmosphere.
  • Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.
  • Ability to self-motivate, work independently as well as delegate tasks.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to perform moderate physical labor, lift up to 40lbs and work on feet and outdoors.
  • Ability to travel as required, work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Ability to use computers for word processing, publication, data collection, e-mail and internet.

 Working Conditions


The Cultural Advisor works in outdoor garden spaces, partner program sites, and in a comfortable office environment and is required to be mobile and travel within the city for programming purposes. Working off-site at community events is required, as is occasional travel outside the city. This is a full-time contract position based in Toronto. This contract is for a duration of six months with the possibility of extension. The starting yearly salary is $58,596.40.


As an organization primarily serving the Indigenous community of Toronto, we encourage applications from qualified First Nation, Métis and Inuit candidates and all others who are interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.


Please submit a cover letter and CV to by 11:59 pm on Monday, January 13th, 2020 with subject line “Cultural Advisor – Applicant Name”.

720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON J4Y 0K7, Canada

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