Social Planner I – Indigenous Arts & Culture Planner – RE-POST – City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

Social Planner I – Indigenous Arts & Culture Planner 

Requisition ID: 19536 

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Main Purpose & Function 
The City of Vancouver was designated a City of Reconciliation when the framework was adopted by Council on July 8, 2014. Long term goals of this work include: strengthening local First Nations and Urban Indigenous relations; promoting Indigenous peoples arts, culture, awareness, and understanding; and incorporating First Nations and Urban Indigenous perspectives for effective City services.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Cultural Services, the Indigenous Arts & Culture Planner will focus on supporting three core areas of work: Cultural Spaces and Infrastructure; Grants and Awards; and Public Art. The strategic direction of this work is laid out in the City’s new 10-year culture plan: Culture|Shift. The position will use a relationship and equity based approach to work across these areas in partnership with Urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver to strengthen relations and integrate identified priorities.   
Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists in the implementation of Culture|Shift with a focus on implementing and integrating the policy’s directions on Reconciliation and Decolonization.
  • Attends to matters of cultural protocol, cultural sovereignty, cultural safety, and an understanding of the relationship between arts and culture in local Indigenous communities.
  • Leads Cultural Services’ involvement in Intergovernmental Relations – Indigenous Relations meetings, roundtables with citywide Indigenous planners, the Urban Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee, and other related committees.
  • Works on Cultural Services’ work on City of Reconciliation initiatives including renaming projects.
  • Participates in City planning projects with Cultural Spaces and Public Art staff.
  • Leads engagement with xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Urban Indigenous peoples on Cultural Services’ strategies and projects in alignment with Intergovernmental Relations – Indigenous Relations.
  • Advises on and supports mentorship opportunities for Indigenous organizations, artists, consultants, and curators, related to career development, and Cultural Services’ programs
  • Recommends opportunities for increasing cultural competency for City staff and strengthening relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
  • Advises on programs and processes to better support local Indigenous artists, cultural practitioners, and groups.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Cultural Spaces & Infrastructure

  • With the Cultural Spaces team, provides advice and recommendations regarding how to respectfully include the living culture and history and support for self-determined xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Urban Indigenous spaces and heritage.

Grants & Awards

  • Advises on grant and award programs and processes to be more inclusive of Indigenous organizations and artists. 
  • Coordinates efforts to increase awareness of grant and award opportunities for Indigenous artists.
  • Supports the grants team on the implementation of Indigenous grant programs and Stewards relationships with Indigenous arts and culture grantees, as well as building relationships with potential grantees.
  • Liaises with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Poet Laureate.

 Public Art

  • Advises the Public Art team on ways to advance arts and culture goals related to xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Urban Indigenous communities, within City-led public art plans.
  • Recommends public art opportunities for Indigenous artists and cultural practitioners.
  • Stewards relationships with existing and potential Indigenous artists, community-engaged practitioners, curators, and public art consultants.
  • Collaborates with Public Art team to organize and deliver public art programs focused on supporting and learning from Indigenous artists through workshops and commissioning opportunities.
  • Collaborates with xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) around all public art opportunities, including reviewing calls to artists, selection panel membership, and review of sites for commissions.

Vancouver Music Strategy

  • Supports implementation of the Vancouver Music Strategy and collaborates with the Lead Music Planner in advancing opportunities for musicians, artists, and cultural groups from xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Urban Indigenous communities.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience developing, delivering, or doing outreach for grants, funding, commissions, infrastructure, or other support programs for cultural groups
  • Experience liaising and consulting with xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Urban Indigenous communities, Indigenous artists and cultural practitioners in strategic planning, community planning, project management, community-engaged policy and program development within arts & culture or related sectors.
  • Lived experience within the dynamics of building reconciliation between communities.
  • University degree (Masters’ preferred) in Indigenous studies, arts, culture, and/or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and related experience. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the diversity of Indigenous traditional and contemporary knowledge and expertise.
  • Considerable knowledge of Indigenous cultural groups, leaders, and artists.
  • Awareness of distinct First Nations cultural protocols.
  • Ability to build durable relationships and facilitate collaborative decision making, negotiation, interest-based problem solving across divergent worldviews, language, and interests.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively with sound judgement in a high pressure, time-sensitive environment.
  • Ability to help embed Indigenous voices into City processes.
  • Ability to respectfully communicate City work and processes and make room for dialogue.
  • Ability to review policies, programs, and procedures, to assess barriers and make strategic recommendations to strengthen relationships, facilitate learning, and demonstrably improve access for Indigenous people.
  • Ability to achieve multiple program objectives and effectively prioritize actions according to impacts.
  • Ability to prepare and present reports or other information to Council, xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)  representatives, intergovernmental bodies, Indigenous community, advisory committees, senior managers, the general public that reflect, translate, and bridge distinct cultural concepts and language.

Applicants of Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and/or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Position Start Date: November, 2020 
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application Close: October 9, 2020

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