Exciting Opportunity for SOSMA Community Members!

The Board of SOSMA secured Funding as part of the UPIP Funding Agreement with MNBC to enable us to engage in a ” Métis Culture Moving Forward” project on the weekend of October 19 & 20, 2019. This opportunity offers a chance to tour the “Forget-Me-Not, Métis Rose” exhibition by Métis artists Kristie Bridgeman and Lisa Shepherd at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. Lisa Shepherd will be the tour guide as we view the Exhibition of their work on Sunday, October 20 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The group will engage with the Golden Ears Métis Society in Maple Ridge at their Harvest Potluck and Cultural evening with Fiddle music and harvest season teachings from two of the Elders on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

The plan is to carpool leaving Penticton at 9:30 am on Saturday, staying overnight at the Ramada Inn in Pitt Meadows, and return departure following the Art Walk with Lisa Shepherd and a light lunch on Sunday. There are some funds available for gas for those who are using their vehicles and carpooling. The cost of accommodation and food is the responsibility of the participant. Sharing of accommodation is encouraged to lessen expense.

Please RSVP by October 15, 2019 to Greta Henning at: greta.henning1960@gmail.com. If you are attending, Greta or Jean Jones at: rjeanjones76@gmail.com. will give you further information regarding meeting point and addresses.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact any one of the three of us at the email addresses provided.

Yours in Friendship,

Terry Kennedy

Interim President

 

Poverty Lawyer Job Posting

Job Posting:                            Poverty Law Clinic Lawyer

Hours:                                     35 hours –Full Time

Wage:                                     Wage negotiable

Posted:                                   Sept 18/19

Closing:                                   Oct 7/19 Cover letter required

Qualified persons of Aboriginal descent will be given preference

Nature of Position:

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about social justice issues to fill the position of staff lawyer at Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

Duties:

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is launching a new and exciting initiative, a Poverty Law Clinic (PLC) to provide legal advice and representation to marginalized individuals who have appeared or are appearing before an administrative tribunal including the Employments Standards Tribunal, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, and Residential Tenancy Branch. Where appropriate, the lawyer will review the merits of the case for representation in Supreme Court to individuals seeking a judicial review.

The Poverty Law Clinic lawyer will work in close partnership with the Ki-Low-Na- Friendship Society Poverty Law Advocate to review cases and provide their legal opinion on complex cases appearing before an administrative tribunal.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will play a vital role in ensuring the success of the Poverty Law Clinic. The staff lawyer, with the help of a program assistant, will deliver legal services, report program outcomes, and perform other tasks necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the PLC.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and representation (at administrative tribunal or judicial review) to poverty law clients as it pertains to their poverty law issues
  • Support in-house advocacy team with legal opinion on cases, and work in partnership with the programs supervising lawyer, on complex cases
  • Act as a resource to poverty law advocates in the region, and offer support and legal opinion on complex cases
  • Work with the legal community to identity systemic barriers, and support test cases that will improve the lives of clients who access poverty law services
  • Provide public legal education (PLE) on occasion as required
  • Maintain complete and accurate statistics and records for all program activities
  • Perform administrative tasks including record keeping, file management and reporting to accredited standards.

 

Qualifications:

  • Member of the BC Bar in good standing with 2+ years of experience in litigation
  • Experience appearing before administrative tribunals
  • Experience supporting and advocating for marginalized individuals
  • Ability to run an organized caseload from beginning to end
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, able to multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be flexible as situations arise
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written skills, team oriented and exercises good judgment
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and issues

 

Send Resumė or CV with cover letter to:

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society – Attention: Executive Director

442 Leon Ave, Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6J3

 

E-mail: executivedirector@kfs.bc.ca   Fax: (250) 861-5514      Telephone: (250) 763-4905

 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.