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Shingwauk Residential School Site Waa-Naadmaaged

Situated in Sault Ste. Marie on the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School site, now Algoma University, the Waa-Naadmaaged is a lead helper to and works collaboratively with the Shingwauk Residential School Site Project team on behalf of NORDIK Institute and reports to the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association President.  Together, the work involves the careful planning, implementation, and assessment of the search of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School Site.  The Waa-Naadmaaged is grounded spiritually and works from a trauma-informed lens, as this position is working in a highly sensitive area. 

The Waa-Naadmaaged is responsible for the effective execution of the site search strategy and manages project resources on behalf of the CSAA. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight and management of the site search planning team including managing relationships and accountabilities to various stakeholders, data collection and management, project files and records oversight, budget development, monitoring and maintenance, and managing all activities related to the site search. 

The incumbent must be able to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously, establish priorities, work independently, use good judgment and be comfortable with decision-making. The incumbent must be able to work with frequent interruptions to work flow which may create changes in priorities. 

Position Status: 2 Year Contract

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Reports to: CSAA President


  • Demonstrated experience in working with First Nation, residential school survivors, extensive knowledge of cultural supports, cultural support ceremonies, culturally based approaches to healing, 
  • Experience in managing project budgets, creating regular reports, maintaining and facilitating relationships with various stakeholders
  • Knowledge and lived experience in Anishinaabe (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) cultural protocols, Indigenous knowledge and ceremonies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous histories and cultures 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement new initiatives through a trauma informed lens
  • Knowledge of and experience with cultural supports, ceremonies and Mental Health First Aid as asset 
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail, interpersonal, and communication skills (in-person/virtual) 
  • Ability to take initiative and work with limited supervision
  • Experience with event planning management
  • Competence in G Suite and/or demonstrated a high degree of competence in Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Basic graphic design skills would be considered an asset (i.e. creating professional presentations, documents, invitations, etc.) 
  • Excellent research skills, organizational and computerized record-keeping skills
  • Understanding of and ability to uphold strict confidential regulations as per NORDIK and university policy
  • Class G License required

Closing Date: May 16, 2022.

Start Date: As soon as possible

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