The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located in Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, we uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehon:we, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their Inherent and Treaty rights. Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all of creation.
Overview of Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall direction, management and effective administration of the Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat, including supervising staff and over-seeing the coordination of activities for the Chiefs of Ontario office. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Ontario Regional Chief, and the Political Confederacy the Executive Director will implement the mandates of the Chiefs in Assembly within approved budgetary guidelines, policies and procedures and Vision and Mission of the organization. The Executive Director will be highly motivated and provide leadership in developing and organizing new policies, and direction in conjunction with the Political Confederacy and the Regional Chief.
Responsible for the management of all the operations of the Chiefs of Ontario office, including carrying out the resolutions and directives of the Chiefs of Ontario, the Political Confederacy and the Regional Chief.
Must make recommendations and initiatives within approved policies on all matters related to planning, organizing, motivating, co-ordination of programs areas and deliverables with the Chiefs of Ontario office.
To be responsible for the co-ordination of financial information for the Board of Directors related to the Chiefs of Ontario office, including annual submissions, allocation of expenses, reporting conditions to funding sources and the preparation of the annual audit for the All Ontario Chiefs Conference. Will also be one of the official signatories of the Chiefs of Ontario office.
To over-see the day-to-day operations including the management of Human Resources, the management of all correspondence to the Chiefs of Ontario office, delegating authority and concluding any internal negotiations or agreements as approved by the Political Confederacy and the Regional Chief.
To co-ordinate the preparation of agendas and notices, acts as facilitator and reports for meetings of the Chiefs of Ontario, including the annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference.
To represent the Chiefs of Ontario at public functions and other meetings and ensuring that relevant information from these functions is disseminated to First Nations in Ontario.
To develop good working relationships with First Nations and their official representatives, groups affiliated with First Nations, other First Nations organizations and with government officials.
Other duties as so requested by the Board of Directors, Political Confederacy, and the Regional Chief.
Master’s degree in Human Services or Business Administration and/or have a minimum of five years of senior management experience particularly in a First Nation organization.
Must have excellent written and communication skills.
Must have an understanding and knowledge of First Nation, Federal and Provincial political structures, processes and issues relating to First Nations.
Proven experience in managing human resources in a high volume and complex environment, provide strategic planning, strong financial management and administrative skills,
Demonstrates fair judgement, analytical and decision making skills.
Must be aware of First Nation specific programs, funding mechanisms and have attained the working knowledge to conduct business within these areas
Members of First Nations including those who are fluent in a First Nation language are an asset.
Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence and be willing to travel.
Must provide a clear Criminal Records Check.
Please submit a job related resume along with three work related references and proof of Academic qualifications by Friday June 7th, 2013 – 4:00 pm to:
Board of Directors
Chiefs of Ontario
111 Peter St., Suite 804, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2H1
FAX (416) 597-8365
Preference is given to applicants of First Nation ancestry.
LATE SUBMISSIONS AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
A full job description is available by contacting Dianne Simon at (416) 597-1266″
“His Worship Mayor Donald Atchison joined Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President Robert Doucette, White Buffalo Youth Lodge (WBYL) Executive Director Heidi Gravelle, and Office of the Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan Commissioner George E. Lafond, in a joint media announcement to officially announce the white Beefalo as a new addition to the Bison Exhibit at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, as well as launch the White Buffalo Youth Lodge’s First Annual Buffalo Fun Run on Saturday, June 22, in Victoria Park.
A white Beefalo is a Charolais and Bison hybrid that looks similar to a White Buffalo that First Nations and Métis people consider sacred. The Zoo’s white Beefalo is a four-year old neutered male that came from the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.
His addition to the Zoo’s Bison Exhibit provides the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo with an opportunity to partner with First Nations and Métis communities to educate the public on the spiritual significance of a white buffalo calf. Plans are currently in the works to produce an interpretive sign for the exhibit that will tell the traditional Lakota story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
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Here’s a submission from a young and talented writer. She uses her words to paint a vivid picture of life in East Vancouver and what it’s like to grow up as an Aboriginal woman, dealing with negative perceptions and how you can triumph over anything.
You’re Better Than That
By: Christina Ogilvie
The DTES Vancouver, ‘DownTown East Side’, our home; infamously and condescendingly referred to as the ‘Native Ghetto’.
This label is pinned to you, they think they have you figured out, uneducated, lazy, impoverished with no talent to show.
Residential school syndrome, institutional racism, colonialism and culture loss leave our impressionable Aboriginal youth confused and lost for an identity.
As a result our youth identify with the term ‘Native Ghetto’ and behave in a manner that’s stereotypically so because they feel there is nothing else they can be.
As a result our Aboriginal youth, so beautiful, talented, and intelligent will then engage in drugging, drinking, violence and crime and passing up opportunity.
The psychological colonialism of this term ‘Native ghetto’ continues the job of the residential school system by removing our cultural identity.
As a result our culture is removed through our own violence and addiction, show them you are better than that; show them you are not just a hopeless ‘Indian’ in the ‘Native Ghetto’.
Educate yourself, live sober, fight for your rights, rise together, let’s make our ancestors proud and give them what they fought for; be the Aboriginal leaders of tomorrow.
Become the Aboriginal leaders in medicine, law, literature, or any area you wish, there are no limits, there is no place you cannot go.
Our ancestors survived all attempts of genocide, show them we won’t stop standing, won’t stop fighting, continue our ancestors’ strength and show society you are better than that, show you aren’t just a hopeless Indian in the ‘Native Ghetto’
She is a shining example of how we can use our words to initiate change and achieve exactly what we ‘hope for the future’. Thank you, Christina!
“Michael, President of Symbiotic Group, shares with us key secrets to his success. The delivery of quality products requires solid business processes. ISO 9001 is a good place to start.” Click on the link below to view the video!
“Employers have an enormous impact on how people live and how our society functions. Their business practices determine whether or not qualified people with different characteristics and backgrounds are given a chance to succeed — initially by whether or not employers hire them — and then once they’re hired, whether or not they are professionally fulfilled, or underutilized and unhappy; whether they feel valued and included, or ignored and excluded.
Part of the employers commitment, both to society and to its employees, is to ensure the right practices are in place to bring out all the talent available in the labour pool. And employers must understand and believe in the power of workplace inclusion for those practices to be effective.
Organizations that make this part of their business strategy will achieve greater success than those who don’t pay attention to it. Businesses and the economy will be strengthened by taking advantage of the diversity of the Canadian population. When we think about inclusion, we think about differences to celebrate – race, sexual orientation, gender, ability and more. But we don’t always connect how those differences can make companies more innovative.”
“The Algoma University Board of Governors has endorsed the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Racial Harmony Resolution. The Resolution is a product of work by the Racial Harmony sub-committee of the Local Immigration Partnership, and the Algoma U endorsement follows the adoption of the Resolution by the City on March 25, 2013.
Algoma University president Dr. Richard Myers was happy to adopt this Resolution. “Algoma University has a special mission to engage in cross-cultural learning, and this Resolution, being endorsed by organizations across Sault Ste. Marie, sends a clear message of welcome to those who might choose to move to Sault Ste. Marie,” he said. “This includes the hundreds of students from abroad who choose to study at Algoma University each year.” With International students comprising close to 20.0% of student enrolment, Algoma University strives to provide a safe, discriminate-free, tolerable environment for all students, staff, faculty and guests.
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