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Request for Proposals BC Assembly of First Nations - Carving Project

Statement of Purpose

The main objective of this project is to facilitate a carving project where a BC First Nation master carver will carve a walking staff for the BC Assembly of First Nation (BCAFN). The final product of this project is to have a carved walking staff that can be used during BCAFN gatherings and events. The goal of the project is to create awareness and pride, and provide the organization with a symbolic cultural piece that represents the First Nations in BC.

Background Information

In early 2017, the BCAFN identified a need for a stronger cultural piece of artwork that would symbolize the strength and resilience of BC First Nations as well as the organization itself. The carved staff would reflect the BCAFN overarching goals and mandate as well as ensuring that culture is a priority. The BCAFN is a provincial-territorial organization whose membership is made up of 203 First Nations in British Columbia. The BCAFN is one of the ten regional organizations affiliated with the National Assembly of First Nations whose members include all 603 First Nations across Canada. The Regional Chief of the BC Region also serves as a member of the Executive of the National Assembly of First Nations. The mandate of BCAFN is to:

1. Advance the rights and interests of First Nations people in British Columbia;
2. Restore and enhance the relationship among First Nations people in British Columbia, the Crown, and people of Canada;
3. Develop and promote policies and resources for the benefit of First Nations people in British Columbia including but not limited to governance, lands and resources, economic, social, education, health and cultural matters; and
4. Work in coalition with other organizations that advance the rights and interests of indigenous peoples.

Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest
This RFP and all related materials are to be treated in confidence. Any proposal received will be evaluated to ensure there is no apparent or actual conflict of interest.

Scope of Work
1. Consultation with A/Regional Chief, BCAFN Board and staff.
2. Utilization of Ceremonial Materials donated for the walking staff.
3. Work plan submitted for carving including timeline.
4. Overview of project including vision, guiding principles and articulation of the manner of expression through the act of carving. Please provide details as to planning and execution of carving
5. Find suitable wood and conduct necessary ceremonies if required.
6. Ensure logistics are in place (carving location, tools, safety considerations).
7. Work with BCAFN staff to communication project progress.
8. Carve the staff.
9. Document progress – regular reports, photos to staff and Board.

Outcome and Performance Standards
The walking staff should be carved in a style that is consistent with BC First Nations artwork.

Deliverables
At the end of the contract, BCAFN will be provided with:
1. A completed walking staff.

Term of Contract
July 10, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Payments, Incentives, and Penalties
Payment schedule will be based on:
50% July 10, 2017 – Upon execution of the contract
50% September 30, 2017 – Upon completion
Invoices with tax information clearly identified will be required for each payment.

Contractual Terms and Conditions
The successful candidate will be considered a Master Carver among First Nations people and
communities in BC. He/she will have a working knowledge of BC First Nations and a strong understanding of BC First Nations artistry, history, successes, and challenges. This knowledge may be based in a specific First Nation or Nations. They will have an understanding of working through major creative projects at and have knowledge of the BCAFN. They will possess skills in their art form and have exceptional experience in this regard. The final product will belong to the BCAFN who will also be responsible for its up keep and preservation. Proposals should be prepared with the following in mind:
• An outline of anticipated end product (sketches, descriptions, photographs are all acceptable)
• Include experience working with other BC First Nations or First Nations organizations.
• Awards and honours for working on similar projects and examples of completed projects.
• Knowledge of the BC Assembly of First Nations.
• Total costs to produce, including all incidentals, travel and contingency.
• Professional references.

Evaluation and Award Process
Proposals will be evaluated based with the following criteria:
• 60% demonstrated successful experience on similar projects and talent (awards and special honours for similar projects are an asset)
• 20% for outline of anticipated end product
• 10% demonstrated professional experience in other artistic endeavors
• 10 % for sample work

Contacts
Approvals for execution of contract, updates and approval of final products will be through BCAFN Board of Directors.
Please send proposals to Maureen Buchan, Senior Policy Advisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4:00 pm, June 30, 2017.

RiverFresh Sales Associate

Position: RiverFresh Sales Associate (full-time, term position)
Candidate must be a student returning to a post-secondary institution.
Internal and External Posting
 
POSITION PROFILE: The RiverFresh Sales Associate is responsible for sales generation, data entry, stock
receiving and organization and assisting with the operations of RiverFresh, a commercial fisheries
enterprise, on behalf of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC). The RiverFresh Sales Associate will
report to the RiverFresh Manager.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. Must have at least one year of proven sales and customer service experience;
  2. Must have a full Driver’s License and reliable transportation;
  3. Basic computer literacy essential;
  4. Must be detailed oriented and have a high level of accuracy;
  5. Must be able to perform repetitive tasks and work that may be physically challenging; such as lifting 50 lb boxes;
  6. Must be highly motivated and willing to learn;
  7. Professionalism and positive attitude is essential;
  8. Availability to work various shifts, including weekends and holidays on a continuous basis;
  9. Ability to handle multiple tasks;
  10. Excellent communication skills and the ability to establish strong interpersonal relationships;
  11. Experience following directions and completing tasks in a timely manner; and,
  12. Ability to work independently or as a team player.
 
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  1. Sales generation;
  2. Greet customers with friendly attitude;
  3. Communicate product knowledge, suggestive sell;
  4. Sort, count, weigh, price and label product and delivery boxes;
  5. Stock and maintain retail store freezers;
  6. Assisting with product inventory in cold storage;
  7. Delivering customer orders with the RiverFresh refrigerated vehicle;
  8. Assisting with sales at the retail store and at farmers’ markets;
  9. Assisting with RiverFresh office tasks; and,
  10. Other duties as assigned.
 
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  1. Full-time, term position (approx. 17 weeks of employment);
  2. Must be a student returning to a post-secondary institution;
  3. Regular hours of work are a minimum of 7 hours per day, 35 hours per week, which will include some evenings and weekends;
  4. Job locations: RiverFresh Retail Store in Kamloops, Kamloops Farmers’ Markets;
  5. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience;
  6. Starting date is approx. June 20th, 2017.
 
In accordance with the SNTC Human Resource Policy, the first priority will be to hire qualified persons of Secwepemc ancestry. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may also be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.
 
CLOSING DATE:
We invite applications consisting of a cover letter and a resume with names of references to be submitted to the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council attention Shawn Baybutt, RiverFresh Manager, no later than 3:00PM on June 16th , 2017.
RiverFresh Wild BC Seafood
c/o Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
680 Athabasca Street West
Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
T: 778-471-8210
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an
interview will be contacted.

JOB ADVERTISEMENT (3) Summer Student Positions

JOB ADVERTISEMENT (3) Summer Student Positions

About the Organization: AFOA Canada was founded as a not-for-profit association in 1999 to help Aboriginal people better manage and govern their communities and organizations through a focus on enhancing finance and management practices and skills. AFOA's premise is that effective management is key to building social and economic prosperity and essential to successful Aboriginal governance. With over 1,500 members, the Association has evolved into one of the most respected non-political Aboriginal organizations in Canada and internationally, with a reputation for success, a high standard of excellence and a visible commitment to contributing to Aboriginal prosperity and helping create a better quality of life.

Description: AFOA Canada is seeking energetic post-secondary students to provide administrative support as a (1) Communication Assistant, (1) Education Assistant, or (1) Admin Assistant during the summer months.

Who Can Apply: Post-secondary students with Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply. Students must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment and have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Proof of enrolment must be provided. Students must be Canadian citizens and eligible to work in Canada. Ideally, the student should have some experience working in a professional office environment with a strong client service focus.
Other requirements include:

  • Experience with office applications (ie, Microsoft Word) and some experience with databases as well other software programs including working knowledge of the Internet;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Assist in research to enhance education products as required;
  • Attention to detail, thoroughness, and effective organizational skills are essential to the position;
  • French proficiency and/or a working knowledge of an Aboriginal language would be considered an asset; and
  • Must be capable of taking direction and able to work as part of a team.

Personal Characteristics: Reliability, strong organizational skills, good judgement, tact, strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to be a team player and ability to multi-task in a very dynamic work environment.

Salary: Based upon level of completion for undergraduate and graduate school

Employment Start/End Date: July 3 to August 18, 2017 (8 weeks) This employment is a part of the Service Canada summer employment program.

Location: AFOA Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Closing Date: Friday, June 23, 2017 (12:00PM – local time)

Students who feel they are qualified are invited to submit a covering letter along with a current resume and three (3) references. For any questions or concerns, please forward an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. AFOA Canada 1066 Somerset Street West, Suite 301 Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4T3 Fax (613) 722-3467 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Interviews will be held in Ottawa. AFOA will not cover travel costs. Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted. AFOA Canada reserves the right to cancel or amend job advertisements without notice

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