Interior Health Authority

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Location: Kelowna
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Competition #: 01188614
Bargaining Unit: NON-CONTRACT
Close Date: NOVEMBER 25, 2018*
Position Summary
We have an exciting opportunity for an Aboriginal Recruiter to join our team!

The Aboriginal Recruiter will play an integral role in the attraction and hire of Aboriginal people to IH’s external job opportunities. The successful applicant will work under the framework of a focused recruitment strategy comprised of four key elements:

1. Community Engagement – creating recruitment linkages with Aboriginal communities
2. Student Engagement – building for the future through recruitment linkages with educational partners
3. Building Organizational Awareness – guiding more effective Aboriginal-focused hiring practices in IH
4. Recruiter Activities – marketing employment opportunities to ‘job ready’ Aboriginal peoples, and supporting all members of the Recruitment team to engage in practices that support IH’s representative goal.

Travel is a requirement of this position.

We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes. Interior Health is a health equity employer focused on engaging with Aboriginal people, communities, and partners. We are committed to building an Aboriginal workforce representation reflective of the population within the Interior and to the delivery of culturally sensitive health care services.

Education, Training, and Experience
We are seeking someone with a relevant undergraduate degree and a minimum of three years of recent, related experience combined with:
• Experience working in support of Aboriginal employees
• Experience running a recruitment desk
• Experience of interviewing and using selection tools

Skills and Abilities
• Sound knowledge of leading recruitment practices
• Demonstrated innovative thinker with extensive knowledge of Aboriginal communities and resources, ideally those in BC’s interior region.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the success factors for Indigenous cultural competency as gained through education, training and/or experience
• The ability to translate ideas into process and/or action, including the ability to blend innovative ideas with critical thinking
• Excellent written communication skills coupled with the ability to write or edit high quality business documents.
• Excellent oral communication skills, facilitation skills, conflict resolution skills, public speaking ability, and active listening skills.
• Ability to take initiative; work independently and with limited supervision while being a member of a team.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills along with the ability to prioritize tasks and effective decision making ability.
• Ability to develop effective relationships with internal client-managers and external agencies/individuals; the ability to establish rapport with individuals of all educational and occupational backgrounds and diversities
• The ability to be a collaborative team member
• Knowledge of human resource policies and procedures as they relate to recruitment
• Knowledge of sourcing techniques including experience and/or demonstrated skills contributing to the development of marketing materials
• Knowledge of and experience in using social media for promotional purposes
• Ability to deal with personal and confidential matters appropriately.
• Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and any applicant tracking system
• Valid Drivers’ license to facilitate travel to communities across the Interior region
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

*Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry*

* All postings with a closing date specified close at 11:59 pm PT


Winter 2019 

I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) invites First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations from across the province to apply to host a Sport Development Camp, Coaching Certification Course, and/or Officials Training Session in their community/organization.  

These sport camps or courses are community-based programs and can range from 1-2 day events up to multi-week sessions.

Each of our Regional Committees have identified priority sports for their respective region (listed in the application), and these priority sports serve as the focal point for region-wide sport development in the areas of youth sport camps, and coaching/officials development.  
Note:  Requests for sport development activities not included on the regional list of priority sports are welcome and the Regional Coordinating Group will consider these requests during the application review and selection process.

Once applications are approved, the Regional Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator will work with the host community/organization representative to plan and deliver the event(s).

  • Appoint representative as primary contact between the Regional Coordinator & Camp/Clinic Facilitator
  • Consider inviting local Elder/Knowledge Keeper to open or close your camp (honorarium available)
  • Promote the event within surrounding communities (e.g. circulate and post event posters)
  • Collect the online registrations and have registrations forms available at your event when permitted
  • Ensure all necessary equipment (e.g. audio visual, sports gear, cones, tables, chairs etc.)
  • Ensure appropriate emergency plan (identify first aid plan, local EMS, and have contact info ready)
  • Check-in all participants and have representative on-site at event
  • Provide final participation list as part of final event summary
  • MUST fill out an on-line post-event summary (within 7 days of event)
  • MUST provide all invoices to the Regional Coordinator (within 14 days of the event)
5:00 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

for program delivery dates of JANUARY 2  to MARCH 31, 2019.  

Sharpshooter: Henry Louis Norwest

One of the most famous Canadian snipers of the First World War was a Métis soldier who went by the name of Henry Louis Norwest. He possessed all the skills required for this  role: excellent marksmanship, an ability to keep perfectly still for long periods and superb camouflage techniques.

Sharpshooter: Henry Louis Norwest George Cantlie departed Montréal in 1914 to serve in the Great War. He left behind his family, including his baby daughter Celia. He feared he might never return home and wanted to do something to make sure she would have a memory of him. Despite the mud and horrors of war, Lieutenant-Colonel Cantlie noticed
Did you read the newspaper stories carefully? All the answers to the crossword clues are found in the newspaper. Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, of French-Cree ancestry, he was a ranch hand and rodeo performer as a young man. Lance-Corporal Norwest served
with the 50th Battalion and achieved a sniping record of 115 fatal shots. He also earned the Military Medal for his bravery during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. In  August 1918, during Canada’s Hundred Days, Norwest earned the Military Medal again in the Battle of Amiens when he took out several German machine gun positions. He was an inspiration to his unit with a fellow soldier writing of him: “Our famous sniper no doubt
understood better than most of us the cost of life and the price of death.

Henry Norwest carried out his terrible duty superbly because he believed his special skill gave him no choice but to fulfil his indispensable mission. Our 50th [Battalion] sniper went about his work with passionate dedication and showed complete detachment from everything while he was in the line . . . Yet when we had the rare opportunity to see our comrade at close quarters, we found him pleasant and kindly,
quite naturally one of us, and always an inspiration.” Norwest’s comrades were stunned when the Métis marksman was killed by an enemy sniper on August 18, 1918. For
the members of his battalion, a genuine hero had been lost.


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Interior Honours Recipients of the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport
Eight Outstanding Indigenous Athletes Receive Prestigious Award


Penticton, B.C. (November 8, 2018) – The 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport were presented last night to eight outstanding Indigenous youth athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region. The Awards were presented during a formal celebration held at the Outma Sqilx’W Cultural School in Penticton, BC. The Interior is the third of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s (I·SPARC) six regions to honour Indigenous athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

I·SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August 2018, receiving nominations from across the province for Indigenous athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 47 recipients were chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.

The 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Regional Recipients

  • Jordyn Elliott, age 14, Basketball, Williams Lake Indian Band
  • Lincoln Yarama, age 16, Rodeo, Hockey, Trap Shoot, Adams Lake Indian Band
  • Renay Willier, age 15, Fastpitch, Baseball, Sucker Creek Band
  • James Hamming, age 17, Snowboard Cross, Splatsin
  • Emma Guertin, age 16, Trampoline Gymnastics, Canoe Kayak, Métis
  • Jadyn Johnston, age 14, Swimming, Tsilhoqot’in & Carrier
  • Brianna Billy, age 15, Softball, Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
  • Brendan Mucha, age 18, Baseball, Hockey, Métis Nation BC

“I’m very proud to support these awards, which provide much-deserved recognition for our top young Indigenous athletes,” said Premier John Horgan. “It’s great to see these young champions achieving top results in such a wide variety of sports.”

“These talented young athletes are rising stars in their sports and role models in their communities,” said Minister Lisa Beare. “I hope these awards will encourage them to keep pursuing their dreams on and off the field of play.”

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our First Nations and Métis athletes in the Interior,” said Bruce Baptiste, Interior Regional Lead for I·SPARC. “The recipients we have honoured tonight have dedicated their time to achieving excellence and we look forward to the continued success of these young role models.”

These Regional recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be selected in January 2019. Provincial recipients will be presented with their award at Gathering our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Forum in Port Alberni March 19-22, 2019.

Throughout November, the three remaining regions will host formal celebrations to honour their 2018 Regional Premier’s Awards recipients.

About the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council
I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, schools and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across B.C. For more information, please visit:

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Felicia Greekas
Manager, Premier’s Awards and Communications




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Please join me in congratulating the new Board of Directors for the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association.

President Elect: Dan Gaudry
Vice President Elect: Terry Kennedy
Treasurer Elect: Jean Jones
Women’s Rep Elect: Greta Henning
Youth Rep: Cayly Martin
Director Elect: Jennine L’Heureux

Nicola Valley and District Metis Association

LOUIS RIEL Day Celebration



Doors Open 4 pm

Opening ceremonies & dinner at 5 pm
Potluck meal, please bring a favourite dish to share.

Please join the Nicola Valley & District Métis as we celebrate with Métis Dance, Culture & Fun!

Jigging, Métis Bingo, Crafts for children and history!

Wear your sash…..Proud to be Métis!

For more information call Dolly at 250-936-8393 or Barb at 250-378-6981