Cultural Team Lead

Job No: SN200263
Location: North Vancouver


Due to COVID 19, the start date for the position will be determined thru Provincial Health Guidance.

CLOSES:  September 24,2020

  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh


Reporting to the Director, Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs Department, this position will lead the cultural team, cultural program and service development. The position will delegate work to the cultural coordinator and cultural liaison facilitator; it is expected that the incumbent in this position should have a high level knowledge around Squamish language and cultural practice. The incumbent will oversee and manage all aspects of Squamish 101 program.

Cultural Team Lead will ensure the provision of Indigenous cultural teachings and knowledge within all aspects of programming within the Squamish Nation Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs Department and ensures safe and appropriate cultural practices and boundaries while showing the ability to exercise good judgement, show initiative and be proactive.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures provision of Indigenous cultural teachings and knowledge within all aspects of programming within the Squamish Nation and ensures safe and appropriate cultural practices and boundaries.
  • Acts as a cultural resource and support as required.
  • Coordinates culture/social nights, Elder socials and Elder/senior appreciation activities and Elder/youth knowledge exchange /mentorship activities.
  • Coordinates land-based activities, e.g. fishing, trapping etc.
  • Coordinates and oversee all aspects of Squamish 101 program.
  • Creates and maintains a trusted traditional knowledge/Elder resource/directory.
  • Creates and/or maintains organizational cultural competency, safety & cultural sustainability.
  • Provides insight and support in the development of protocols and agreements with internal and external stakeholders as directed.
  • Consults with Squamish Elders and knowledge keepers relating to cultural protocols and practices and promotes Squamish language within the Squamish Nation.
  • Helps to develops and implement policies and procedures related to Squamish Nation cultural programming.
  • Organizes cultural celebrations and workshops for Squamish Nation community members, the public, and schools, as required by the Manager and Director.
  • Seeks funding for Squamish culture and language programming.

Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies, anthropology/archaeology, or a relevant / related field from a recognized post-secondary institution. Plus, SN certificate or SFU language certificate.
  • 4 - 5 years of directly-related experience in the majority duties in job description leading cultural team, cultural program and service development and First Nation-based programming (preferably Squamish Nation), liaising with cultural practitioners; and other external and internal contacts, acting as main resource on cultural knowledge and learning, and planning and evaluating programs, activities and events.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to Squamish language, First Nation’s education studies, culture, history, cultural programming, evaluating programs, interdisciplinary programs, research, etc. as well as broadening their Squamish Nation culture and language knowledge.
  • Knowledge and experience in establishing traditional and non-traditional networks of support and community resources and services.
  • Knowledge of Squamish culture practice and language is an asset.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user MS Office, the Internet, etc.
  • Experience working in a First Nations environment is preferred.
  • Advanced experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance that meets company policy.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required, occasionally with limited advance notice.
  • Must be willing to travel as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Wage: $55,681- $65,507 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 

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