Summer Employment Opportunity – Administrative Assistant

The administrative assistant manages statistical information and provides administrative support to a busy team of 10. Due to COVID-19, staff are working from home on a rotation basis. This person reports to the CEO.  

Responsibilities

  • Manage and share statistical information. 
  • Draft correspondence and ensure delivery through courier, email, and mail.
  • Answer phone and respond to emails.
  • Input information into database. 
  • Assist with planning of events. 

Qualifications

  • Experience working in an office environment is beneficial. 
  • Knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook programs 
  • Basic knowledge of the Aboriginal community in Alberta 

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent time management abilities and communication skills  
  • Creative and innovative; you will take the initiative to solve problems and recommend improvements.  
  • Friendly, professional, and outgoing to promote positive relationships with members, board, other staff and public.  
  • Be a team player. 

Reporting To:  CEO
Hours of work:  Full-time position. Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
Salary Range $18.00 – $20.00per hour, based on experience 

This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and is for post-secondary students returning to school in Fall of 2021. The term is July 1 -Aug. 31, 2021

Closing Date: until a suitable candidate is found.

Email rvenne@iaaw.ca with cover letter and resume to HR Committee.

Those selected for interview will be notified.
Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

Summer Employment Opportunity – Youth Activity Coordinator (2 positions)

The summer youth activity coordinators are both responsible for recruiting participants, leading summer activities— including activities on-line and liaising between elders and youth. A vital component in this position is to help facilitate personal, social, and educational workshops for young people to help them build self esteem and confidence while building cultural knowledge.

Responsibilities

  • Set up and organize summer activities with young Indigenous women aged 13-17 and 18-21
  • Facilitate activities to support individuals on personal, social, and educational growth, as well as encouraging greater social inclusion.
  • work in partnership with professionals from other organizations as social service agencies, health, police, educational institutions.
  • Attending and contributing to planning meetings.
  • Attend training opportunities to increase knowledge of safeguarding of information, health and safety and other relevant policies.
  • undertaking administrative tasks; maintaining effective recording systems and writing reports.
  • working with parents/guardians to support young women’s interests.
  • Assist with evaluation completion and give presentations to various groups.

Qualifications

  • In post secondary program with min. 2nd year completed in related field and/or significant related experience
  • CWIS and Criminal Record Check will be required for interview.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Creative and innovative; you will take the initiative to design activities, solve problems and recommend improvements.
  • Friendly, professional, and outgoing to promote positive working relationships individually and in a team.

Reporting To:  CEO
Hours of work:  Full-time position. Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
Salary Range $18.00 – $20.00per hour, based on experience 

This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and is for post-secondary students returning to school in Fall of 2021. The term is July 1 -Aug. 31, 2021

Closing Date: until a suitable candidate is found.

Email rvenne@iaaw.ca with cover letter and resume to HR Committee.

Those selected for interview will be notified.
Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

Summer Employment Opportunity – Social Media Communications

The communication person assists the organization in the sharing of information to service providers, media, and other stakeholders. This person would mainly work from home.

Responsibilities

  • Use imagination and creativity to design organizational documents.
  • Prepare news releases, notices, and other types of communication tools.
  • Assist other team members on event & program communications.
  • Complete training and train staff on communication tools
  • Communicate best practices and areas for improvement.

Qualifications

  • Enrolled in communications program and/or have interest in communication and social media, especially for non-profit organizations.

Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign
  • Knowledgeable of communication programs
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to lift materials and displays up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to travel and have dependable transportation to/from work.
  • Friendly, professional, and outgoing to promote positive working relationships inside and outside the office.

Reporting To:  CEO
Hours of work:  Full-time position. Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or 9:00am-5:00pm, some extended hours or weekends to be expected.
Salary Range $18.00 – $20.00per hour, based on experience 

This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and is for post-secondary students returning to school in Fall of 2021. The term is July 1 -Aug. 31, 2021

Closing Date: until a suitable candidate is found.

Email rvenne@iaaw.ca with cover letter and resume to HR Committee.

Those selected for interview will be notified.
Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

2nd Anniversary of the Final Report of the National Inquiry on MMIWG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

President of Institute for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) Comments on the 2nd Anniversary of the Final Report of the National Inquiry on MMIWG

EDMONTON –  IAAW representatives were present in Gatineau, Quebec when the Final Report of the National Inquiry on MMIWG was presented to the public on June 3, 2019.  It was a moving event with many tears shed for the families that shared their stories as part of the Inquiry’s work. 

While many of the 231 recommendations in the Final Report place primary responsibility on government to implement a plan to address the national tragedy of MMIWG, IAAW has continued in its everyday work to engage with families and build recommendations that are Alberta-specific.

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on our ability to deliver in-person supports, IAAW continues to support Indigenous women and families through on-line sessions with topics on wellness, violence prevention, healthy relationships, financial literacy, employment and training, youth safety and leadership, transitions from federal correctional facilities, advocacy and housing supports, all which are culturally-informed and infused with Elder guidance.  

Building off our successful Indigenous Women’s Justice Forums in 2017 and 2018, we continue to strategize, participate in, and implement justice initiatives that focus on improving the court system, and provide education and access to justice for Indigenous women and families.

What was started in 1995 in the basement of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre with no funding, has grown to be a recognized and accomplished organization serving Indigenous women throughout Alberta.

We continue to build allies with stakeholders and we have been surprised and grateful for the outpouring of support for our organization.  IAAW has established formal alliances and partnerships with agencies, such as the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society (Calgary) to build a path forward, one that is family-first and trauma-informed.  We have also joined forces with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) as the official Provincial-Territorial Member Association representing Alberta Indigenous women.

IAAW’s 25th Annual Esquao Awards to recognize the ‘Angels Among us’ was postponed due to COVID-19 but our collective efforts to recognize Indigenous women, and to encourage them to not give up, will resume in-person in May 2022. 

In the meantime IAAW will continue its work to obtain justice, address barriers, and assist Indigenous women.  This commitment is owed to the women of all ages who have shared their stories with us, and the matriarchs who guide us in our work.   

Lisa D. Weber, President

Employment Opportunity – Projects Coordinator, Justice Systems Navigator

The project coordinator completes activities that achieve project goals and outcomes. Working with a similar coordinator working in Calgary, the successful applicant will advocate for women who are facing barriers when accessing services or supports by interacting with service providers, government or institution representatives.

Responsibilities

  • Attend meetings as required to secure relationships with funders and several partners.
  • Keep thorough notes and files; prepare monthly reports
  • Prepare program materials and deliver presentations to small and medium groups
  • Communicate best practices and areas for improvement
  • Join with other staff members to ensure important organizational milestones are met, including events and gatherings.

Qualifications

  • Degree and/or diploma in a related field
  • Minimum 2 years of project management experience, minimum 5 years working in an office.
  • Reliable form of transportation

Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed policies.
  • Knowledgeable of the First Nation, Metis and Inuit community in Alberta
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Creative and innovative; you will take the initiative to solve problems and recommend improvements
  • Ability to lift materials and displays up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and to work remotely
  • Friendly, professional and outgoing to promote positive working relationships inside and outside the office.

Reporting To:  CEO
Hours of work:  Full-time position. Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, some extended hours or weekends to be expected.
Salary Range $48,000 – 52,000 to start per annum, based on experience.  Basic Benefits to start after probationary period completed. 

Closing Date: April 30, 2021 at 4pm

Email rvenne@iaaw.ca or fax 780-471-2169 with cover letter and resume to HR Committee.

Those selected for interview will be notified before May 7, 2021.
Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

Employment Opportunity – Projects Coordinator, COVID Supports

The project coordinator will assist Aboriginal women who face barriers as a result of COVID-19 by accessing resources that will provide medium and long-term goals.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct interviews with women requesting supports
  • Bring forward information gained through the interview to the review committee
  • Keep thorough notes and files; prepare monthly reports
  • Prepare and share program materials, deliver presentations
  • Communicate best practices and areas for improvement
  • Join with other staff members to ensure important organizational milestones are met, including events and gatherings.

Qualifications

  • Degree and/or diploma in a social services related field
  • Minimum 2 years of providing services or supports to people
  • Project management experience, minimum 2 years working in an office.
  • Reliable form of transportation

Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed service delivery.
  • Knowledgeable of the First Nation, Metis and Inuit community in Alberta
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills, Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Creative and innovative; you will take the initiative to solve problems and recommend improvements
  • Ability to lift materials and displays up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and to work remotely
  • Friendly, professional and outgoing to promote positive working relationships inside and outside the office.

Reporting To:  CEO Hours of work:  Full-time position. Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, some extended hours or weekends to be expected. Salary Range $42,000 – 48,000 to start per annum, based on experience.  Basic Benefits to start after probationary period completed. 

Closing Date: April 30, 2021 at 4pm

Email rvenne@iaaw.ca or fax 780-471-2169 with cover letter and resume to HR Committee.

Those selected for interview will be notified before May 7, 2021.
Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

COVID-19 Response Update March 10, 2021

The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is operating as best we can, while adhering to the most recent COVID-19 health restrictions. As the health, safety, and well-being of our members, staff and communities remains our top priority, we beginning to open our office for small, in-person meetings and one on one sessions, as needed. Staff that are able to work from home are coming into the office only as needed.

We have announced that our Esquao Awards Gala is going to be released on video on May 21, 2021. Stay tuned for more information on this touching event where we recognize the Angels Among Us; the women who continue to display strength and resilience.

Please see below for a list of actions we are undertaking during this uncertain time.

IAAW is continuing to support Aboriginal women in Edmonton area who are rebuilding their life after fleeing violence, women leaving correctional facilities and women living in poverty.
We are:

  • Offering online sessions on Healthy Relationships, Firekeeper Wellness Circle, Youth Leadership and Financial Literacy (Empower U) on-line;
  • Offering assistant remotely for women looking for post secondary funding through the Indigenous Skills Employment and Training (ISET) program
  • Sending out care packages, and providing other supports by referral (referral form attached)
  • Staying up to date on health recommendations and subsidies; sharing information and resources

Incorporating additional health and safety measures at the office:
We are:

  • Encouraging handwashing and social distancing measures for staff in the office
  • Screening visitors coming our office; mandating that if anyone believes they have been in contact with an unwell person, that they remain at home and self isolate.
  • Are limiting people in the office to a maximum of 15 people
  • Are limiting the number of people in staff room and small spaces as per social distancing guidelines (2 meters apart)
  • Are encouraging disinfection of individual offices at the end of the workday
  • Disinfecting all office spaces after each use, deep cleaning once per week.

Contact Information

NAMEResponsibilityDirect LineEmail
Rachelle VenneCEO, Link to President587-635-3046rvenne@iaaw.ca
Marggo PariseauFirekeepers, Link to Board,
Housing, Esquao Awards
587-635-3047mpariseau@iaaw.ca
Bernadette SwansonFinancial Literacy – Empower U587-635-3051bswanson@iaaw.ca
Erica GladueEsquao Youth Leadership587-635-3053egladue@iaaw.ca
Saige ArcandWellness Program, Community Outreach587-635-3049sarcand@iaaw.ca
Maureen Callihoo-LigtvoetHealthy Relationships, COVID supports lead587-635-3055maureen@iaaw.ca
Lois AshleyIndigenous Skills Employment and Training (ISET)iset@iaaw.ca
General Information780-479-8195
1-877-471-2171
iaaw@iaaw.ca

Going Forward

We continue to stay connected within our communities and monitor developments and recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Take care,
Rachelle Venne, CEO

February 18, 2021, Edmonton – Ontario Man Finally Found Guilty for killing Cindy Gladue, Mother of Three.

The month-long jury trial was the second for Bradley Barton, an Ontario truck driver, who was charged in June 2011 with the murder of Ms. Gladue, a woman whose human dignity was violated in the 2015 trial proceedings through the use of presumptions concerning her vocation, racist remarks concerning her Indigeneity, and sexist language diminishing her as a woman.  The culmination of violation though was the introduction of Ms. Gladue’s body parts into the courtroom as evidence – something so barbaric and a first in the history of criminal trial procedures in so-called civilized society.  The way Ms. Gladue was dehumanized in so many dimensions during the 2015 trial was seen by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) as a clear example of how Indigenous women are disproportionately targeted for violence in Canada.

Following Barton’s acquittal in 2015, public outrage erupted across Canada, protesting what was perceived to be the criminal justice system’s condonement of violence against Indigenous women.   

The IAAW lobbied vigorously and, along with another women’s advocacy group (Women’s Legal and Education Action Fund), successfully gained intervenor status in the Crown’s appeal of Barton’s acquittal to the Alberta Court of Appeal.  As co-intervenors, IAAW and LEAF argued that judicial errors allowed prejudice to infect the trial proceedings, raising discriminatory myths about Indigenous women and consent based on sexual history.  The Court of Appeal’s ruling in 2017 recognized that “myths and stereotypes continue to stalk the halls of justice in cases involving sexual offences”, and that, as a result of significant judicial errors, a retrial was ordered.

Barton subsequently appealed the Court of Appeal’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the Supreme Court agreed with the Alberta Court of Appeal and upheld the order that Barton be retried for killing Cindy Gladue. The Court gave clear direction that

all participants within the criminal justice system should take reasonable steps to address systemic biases, prejudices, and stereotypes, and that in sexual assault cases where the victim is an Indigenous woman or girl, trial judges would be well advised to provide an express instruction (to the jury) aimed at countering prejudice against Indigenous women and girls.

IAAW has continued to be involved with Ms. Gladue’s Mother, providing moral and legal support to her throughout the appeals and re-trial.

Lisa Weber, legal counsel for Ms. McLeod observed: “…while the re-trial proceedings seem to have eliminated [the legal consideration of] direct references to derogatory, sexist and racist myths and stereotypes against Indigenous women, it is disappointing to have observed instances where some of the same, and similarly inappropriate myths and stereotypes crept into the process at various points and in indirect ways.”

IAAW recognizes that the battle against sexism and racism against Indigenous women is a long and difficult struggle; this is the experience of so many, but we must continue to be ever vigilant to not accept such injustice.   IAAW is thankful for the support that has been received in this important case, especially from those who see the negative impacts of myths and stereotypes on the lives of Indigenous women and girls, and who take a stand against such injustice.

While today’s verdict does not bring Cindy Gladue back to her family, we pray that at very least justice served toward the perpetrator who took her life brings them peace.

For media contacts or for more information contact:

Rachelle Venne, IAAW CEO
Ph: (587) 635 3046
Email:  rvenne@iaaw.ca


Lisa D. Weber, President IAAW/Counsel for Donna McLeod
Ph:  (780) 289-6365
Email:  lisa@weberlaw.ca