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Job Title: Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach Facilitator 
Organization: Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Location: flexible (a combination of working from home, partner community visits, and in office meetings as necessary), in British Columbia

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is seeking a full time outreach and development specialist to work with and advance Indigenous Nations food system aspirations.

About ISFS — ISFS is an applied research and extension unit at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). We investigate and support regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities, focusing predominantly on British Columbia but also extending our programming to other regions. Our applied research focuses on the potential of regional food systems in terms of agriculture and food, economics, community health, policy, community development, and environmental integrity. Our extension programming provides information and support for farmers, communities, business, policy makers, and others. Community collaboration is central to our approach and we routinely work with community activists and agencies, leaders, Indigenous Nation governments, settler governments and other academics. In alignment with long held ISFS values, objectives and programmatic foci, we have prioritized serving and supporting Indigenous Nations and communities to achieve their food sovereignty aspirations. Similarly, we strive to manifest reconciliation into all our work. More about us and our work is at

Position Description

The Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach Facilitator will support ISFS to build and nurture relationships with First Nations, develop programs around food sovereignty and regenerative agriculture, and increase our capacity to prepare grants along with and in support of our First Nation partners. The employee will be expected to represent ISFS and effectively work with and support Indigenous Nations and communities respectfully, sensitively and demonstrating proper protocol. The position will involve but not be limited to relationship building, grant writing, facilitating community dialogues, planning, program development, project management, and report preparation. Agriculture and food system knowledge is a plus.

Position Overview

  • Contract: Full time (35 hours/week)
  • Position start date: ASAP
  • Position end date: March 31, 2022 with a possibility of extension upon new funding opportunities
  • Salary: $35/hour
  • Application deadline: Open until satisfactory candidate is found
  • Location: Flexible (a combination of working from home, partner community visits, and in office meetings as necessary), in British Columbia

Responsibilities and Tasks

The primary responsibility of the facilitator will be to develop and nurture relationships and support project development and execution with our Indigenous partners.

Key tasks in this role include:

  • Outreach to and within Indigenous communities
  • Relationship building
  • Partnership development
  • Grant and report writing
  • Project development and matching of ISFS staff expertise as fit.
  • Facilitate Nation to Nation discussion and project collaborations.
  • Project management

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The successful applicant for this position must:

  • Have at least three years of experience in and knowledge about working with First Nation communities.
  • Have the ability to prepare grants and reports.
  • Have the ability to (co-) develop and manage projects.
  • Have the ability to work as a team member and independently.
  • Have an interest and ability in working with a diversity of people and a multidisciplinary team.
  • Be able to travel; have a car and valid operator’s license
  • Have an interest in food system development work
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada

The following will be highly desirable:

  • Identify as Indigenous/First Nations/Metis
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Nations and communities of BC and culturally appropriate protocols
  • Food systems and organic/regenerative agriculture knowledge

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Payal Batra ( and CC Wallapak Polasub ( Please use the subject line: Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach Facilitator

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Application deadline: Open until satisfactory candidate is found.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 9 2021    ID: 60572