Role Description – Oshkabewis miinwaa Gawaateshing
The ‘work at hand’ supports learning and experiencing Anishinaabeg traditional ways of being, living and doing, and directly supports action to improve local food security, minimize waste, provide healthier local foods and supports the Indigenous committed to this journey in restoring their own health and the health of their family and for Indigenous families who are not able yet to come to the various gardens, fields, warehouse, markets, and kitchens. Several settler allied organizations support with reciprocity this path travelled together.
will be put into practice as an “Oshkabewis miinwaa Gawaateshing” [Indigenous Food Security [IFS] Intern experience] and will incorporate as well two of the many foundational ancestral skill sets that nourish the Anishinaabeg worldview as follows:
Anishinaabeg Governance and Clans Councils – refers to the Indigenous Worldview that acknowledges and honours the ‘original instructors’, the purpose – to ensure and nourish the internal and external governance skills/attributes needed for Mino Bimaadiziwin [the Path of a Good Life] for All Our Relations.
Anishinaabeg Ways of Being, Living and Doing – refers to the ancestral skills, ancestral knowledges [body, mind, heart, spirit], and ceremonial kinship responsibilities by and for All Our Relations. These skills ensure all life thrives in sustainable harmony and balance. Acquiring these skills is a collective cultural obligation to steward Mother Earth – respectfully, responsibly, reciprocally, and with reconciled relationships.
The Oshkabewis miinwaa Gawaateshing / Indigenous Food Security Interns will bring these experiences and abilities to Mother Earth’s work at hand:
Open heart in balance with open mind
Commitment to and enthusiasm for walking, working and learning together
Creativity and curiosity
Humility, respect, courage, truth, honesty, love, wisdom = Seven Grandfather Teachings
Any experience in land-based food work is an asset but not required – we are excited to learn and work together
G class drivers’ license and regular access to a car is essential.
Compensation and Details:
The work location is Mother Earth. 10C/IFS Circle are hubs for daily adventures on various place/space based sites in Guelph-Wellington.
This is a part-time role based on 30 hours/week at $19.95/hour (Ontario living wage for Guelph-Wellington).
The position duration is 9 weeks and the start date is between May 15, 2023 and June 5, 2023.
Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and meet eligibility criteria for the 2023 Canada Summer Jobs program. Preference will be given to applicants who are age 21 and older, and identify as an Indigenous person.
Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.
Please email your interest and any questions, specifying Food Security Intern in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org .