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Kiitigaan Aski (Food Sovereignty) Lead, Reference Number: #2024-068

Website Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Kiitigaan Aski (Food Sovereignty) Lead
Internal/External Posting
Full-time Position
Location: Sioux Lookout, ON or Remote FN Communities, ON
Salary Range: $67,166 – $98,084 per annum
Reference Number: #2024-068
If applying by email, indicate reference number in subject line

Job Summary:
Approaches to Community Wellbeing (ACW) is a regional resource offering advocacy and public
health programs and services to 31 First Nations communities across Kiiwetinoong. ACW also
supports communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of their own
Approaches to Community Wellbeing. The Healthy Living section includes the Preventing
Chronic Diseases (PCD) team, which looks at promoting mental wellness and ways of living well,
such as through food sovereignty and security, nutrition, mental health teachings, and active living.
The PCD team helps to support practices that identify early signs of diseases like diabetes and
cancer (i.e., screening). The PCD team also envisions a role in advocating for environments that
support communities on their journeys of mino-biimadiziwin (e.g., land and water stewardship)
and addressing social determinants of health.
The Kiitigaan Aski (Food Sovereignty) Lead works collaboratively with the Preventing Chronic
Diseases team to support communities with projects, programs, and services that make foods from
both the land and in stores more accessible. They will identify and lead new areas of work for
SLFNHA to help reduce barriers to harvesting and distributing foods from the land in communities
and passing knowledge of these foodways on to youth and young adults.
The Kiitigaan Aski (Food Sovereignty) Lead is directly accountable to the Preventing Chronic
Diseases Manager.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of 3 years work experience in First Nations communities in lands and resources,
food systems, health and wellness, education, or related fields.
• Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous, environmental, or political studies, or a health-related
field.
• Ability to speak in an Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, and/or Cree dialect as well as English is an asset.
• Experience fishing, hunting, and/or trapping animals, or growing and/or harvesting plants
and medicines is an asset.
• Knowledge of cultural teachings and values of First Nations communities in the Sioux
Lookout area.
• Knowledge of the ways plants, animals, and fungi are connected to wellbeing.
• Knowledge of a range of topics related to harvesting and sharing foods from the land,
Indigenous food systems and sovereignty, and food security.
• Knowledge of how racism and colonial policies and trauma impact wellbeing, foodways,
and land use among First Nation s communities.
• Ability to effectively plan and manage projects using culturally safe and trauma-informed
approaches.
• Excellent communication and leadership skills to facilitate group dialogue and program
development.
• Excellent computer, written, and oral communication, and assessment skills.
• Excellent planning, organizational, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
• Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.
• Ability to travel required.
• A valid Ontario G driver’s license.
• Ability to perform the requirements of the position on a regular basis.

Roles and Responsibilities:
1. When invited, support community approaches (e.g., ways of life, ceremony, projects,
programs, and services) to food sovereignty and food security by sharing knowledge and
helping gather resources, coordinate work, write proposals, and access funding.
2. Collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate projects that support families and leaders
in communities with equipment for growing, harvesting, preparing, and preserving foods
from the land.
3. Build relationships with and identify ways to support community members, leaders, and
partners (e.g., Tribal Councils, PTOs, and other organizations) who are sharing traditional
food knowledge and making foods from the land and stores easier to access in
communities.
4. Develop a visual map of funding sources currently available to community members and
leaders related to each of the pillars of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Strategy;
identify gaps and opportunities to improve funding approaches.
5. Identify new roles and actions (e.g., advocacy for change to provincial and federal
policy/law) for SLFNHA to consider based on community member knowledge, research,
the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Strategy, and the SLFNHA Diabetes Strategy.
6. Organize and host gatherings for community members and workers and create spaces for
knowledge sharing, supporting one another, and celebration.
7. Plan and facilitate, or support community workers facilitating, knowledge sharing
activities on foods from the land and related topics.
8. Develop information resources with and for community members and workers.
9. Participate in community outreach activities or committees and working groups as
necessary.
10. Work closely with the Preventing Chronic Diseases team and Manager, and other staff
within ACW (i.e., Policy Analyst), and SLFNHA to accomplish these responsibilities.
11. Other duties as assigned by Manager.

Apply online at https://www.slfnha.com/job/kiitigaan-aski-food-sovereignty-lead-ref-2024-068/.
Human Resource Department
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8
Phone: (807) 737-1802
Fax: (807) 737-2969
Email: Human.Resources@slfnha.com
SLFNHA currently “Strongly Recommends” COVID-19 immunizations and requests your
immunization status to be sent to our staff health department if successful in the recruitment
process.
Closing Date: Until Filled
No resumes received after this time will be accepted.
The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance.
However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.
For additional information regarding the Health Authority, please visit our website at
www.slfnha.com
SLFNHA is a proud supporter of Mikinakoos Children’s Fund. To find out more, visit
www.mikinakoos.com

To apply for this job please visit www.slfnha.com.

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