OKN Indigenous Reconciliation Summer Student


One (1) Temporary, Part Time Position (Up to 25 hours a week)

For a period of up to 12 weeks


Non Union


Our Kids Network (OKN)


Indigenous Lead (OKN)


April 26, 2021


Applications should be submitted through www.myavanti.ca/careersathaltoncas/ by May 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Do you want to advance Truth and Reconciliation in Halton Region? Have great research skills and can assist in mobilizing that knowledge into action? Are you an Indigenous post-secondary student?


Our Kids Network is seeking an Indigenous Summer Student to work with the Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative.

Our Kids Network (OKN) is a Halton-wide partnership of agencies and organizations serving children, youth and their families that embraces the vision “All Children and Youth Thrive”. The candidate can expect to work in a culturally safe and empowering workplace. OKN Staff are receiving ongoing training on Indigenous literacy, an Indigenous Employee Resource Group has convened and connection to Elders can be provided

The Opportunity: Largely self-directed and in a virtual setting, the successful candidate will support OKN’s Indigenous Lead in a variety of meaningful ways such as:

  • Conducting research and providing insight into Indigenous early childhood pedagogy
  • Identifying best case practices in Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation across Canada.
  • Developing resources for OKN’s professionals that are accessible on a variety of platforms such as social media, web-based, and virtual workshops.
  • Act as an adult ally and mentor to youth members of Halton Youth Initiative.
  • Event planning for Indigenous specific events
  • Support the Indigenous Lead as requested and work with all OKN Team Members

What is in it for you? You will have the opportunity to:

  • Hone your research and analytical skills in an environment of ever-changing priorities
  • Apply writing skills by preparing briefing notes, report summaries, scripts,
  • Plan Indigenous focused events & bring an Indigenous “lens” to all your projects,
  • Apply your technical skills (knowledge of Microsoft Suite and social media platforms)
  • Develop contacts with Indigenous agencies and data sources across Canada
  • Learn about collective impact, be introduced to child-focused community agencies and services, enhance your corporate communications understanding, and learn about Knowledge Translation and Mobilization.

The preferred candidate will:

  • Be a full-time, post-secondary Indigenous student
  • Possess demonstrated ability to access data sources, analyze, and report on research on a variety of platforms, and understand Indigenous research principles,
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Indigenous context in Canada, be extremely knowledgeable of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, and knowledgeable of numerous sources of Indigenous related information, data, and newsfeeds
  • Be resourceful, organized, and technical savvy and have strong political acuity,
  • Possess strong communication skills and can work with minimal supervision.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with and in Indigenous communities and can speak an Indigenous language.

Candidates are asked to self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis.


The Halton Children’s Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer.

The Halton Children’s Aid Society is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public are respected. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Halton Children’s Aid Society, we will only contact those selected for an interview. All interviewed candidates will be asked to provide a minimum of two supervisory references.

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department at 905-333-4441 ext. 0575.  Human Resources will work with the applicant and the interview committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.