Indian Residential School Researcher

Lax Kw'alaams, BC, Prince Rupert, BC
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Lax Kw'alaams Band

Indian Residential School Researcher

Business Unit: Truth and Reconciliation
Date Classified: February 20, 2024

Reporting to: Truth and Reconciliation Project Manager
Location: Lax Kw’alaams, BC and Prince Rupert B.C

The Lax Kw’alaams Band has an immediate opening for Temporary Term Indian Residential School (ISR) Researcher. This position, reporting to the Project Manager is responsible for collecting records, impact statements, shared truths that pertain to the Girls Crosby School and Miller Bay hospital. The searcher will provide support to the technical team in data retrieval and data entry. The IRS Researcher supports the development and implementation of community-led strategies to identify, investigate, protect and commemorate residential school and hospital sites. This position is a temporary term position based upon available project funding.

As the IRS Researcher, this position is instrumental in managing the activities of the research team, including data entry, research, survivor support, engagement, conduct interviews, land scanning support, and managing follow up with survivors and project team.

Duties and Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

• Research Lead
• Data Entry for easy access to information to assist project
• Coordinates Engagement
• Coordinates Interviews
• Ensures a safe, secure work environment.
• Responsible for orienting, providing scope of work and training to project team members.
• Communicates job expectations; planning, monitoring, coaching, counselling, and following HR policy guidelines.
• Accomplishes financial objectives by forecasting requirements connected to work plan activities from multiple funding sources, prepares an annual budget, schedules expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions
• Completes necessary reporting requirements for all funder associated with the project.
• Support and attend Survivor meetings.
• Support and attend events associated with project.
• Support and attend Elder and Youth Engagements.
• Ensure communication occurs where needed between all team members and the larger Lax Kw’alaams administrative team, Mayor and Council and the tribes.
• Participates in regular team meetings to review progress

  1. Research

• Ensures IRS research is done in an ethical manner, following the Tri-Council Policy statement: Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans- TCPS2
• Create a work plan for IRS research and guide the research team through its implementation.
• Directly contribute to and manage creation of research reports and presentation, including a short documentary video recording
• Manage the process and ensure research findings/reports/presentations are announced and distributed.
• Coordinate with different companies to provide technical expertise from ground penetrating radar consultants, other scanning tools, archaeologists, communications, legal, excavation and other professional services as required.
• Directly contribute to and manage creation of research data entry system for Lax Kw’alaams band.

  1. Mental Health supports

• Support and attend cultural supports and cleansings for community when needed
• Ensure proper confidentiality practices are followed throughout the program area
• Ensure proper communication about available services to all IRS survivor and community members as needed

  1. Ensure compliance with Lax Kw’alaams and departmental policies and procedures

• Ensure a professional level of administrative operations is maintained for IRS project team, in compliance with Lax Kw’alaams Band Administration Office Policies & Procedures, and other pertinent legislation, policies, regulations and acts associated with the fields of work.
• Ensure confidentiality is maintained on all client and membership information and materials.
• Maintain the confidentiality of all employee information and matters that relate to working as an employee of the Lax Kw’alaams Band Administration Office.
• Comply with Health & Safety policies, procedures and protocols and provide leadership for the monitoring and enforcing of regulations that apply to community workplaces.
• Perform all other tasks within the scope of the position and as assigned.

Education, Experience and Knowledge:

• Bachelor’s degree Health or Social services field and/or Diploma in Heath or Social Services and relevant research experience.
• 2 years experience with team supervision and project management
• Tri-council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans- TCPS2
• Indigenous Research Methods & The First Nations Principles of OCAP
• Proficiency with MS office software

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Knowledge of Lax Kw’alaams Band culture and traditions.
• Knowledge of Indian residential schools and their impact of First Nations.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, able to develop rapport with membership and personnel at all levels.
• Proven abilities to maintain the confidentiality of information and materials; and able to display sound judgment and exercise discretion at all times.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated sound work ethics and a commitment to achieving objectives.

Compensation & Benefits

• Wage $90,000 – $ 95,000 based on Education and Certifications
• This is a Bargaining Unit position and is open to all genders.

Submission Deadline:

• March 5, 2024
• Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous Ancestry.
• We invite all interested parties to reply in the strictest confidence to the Human Resources Manager at [email protected]

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