The National Indigenous Housing Network (NIHN) is a movement of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples who are dedicated to improving the living situations of Indigenous women and girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse persons across Turtle Island and ending incidents of becoming unsheltered. All members have the lived experience of needing adequate shelter and a place to call home.
The Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network (WNHHN) is a leading national organization working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for women, girls, and gender-diverse peoples across Canada through research, policy advocacy, community engagement, human rights work, and strategic litigation.
We are seeking a Co-Chair for our Networks who will provide leadership and guidance for initiatives led by the National Indigenous Housing Network (NIHN) and Women’s National Housing & Homelessness Network (WNHHN).
With respect to the National Indigenous Housing Network (NIHN), responsibilities may include:
- Co-facilitate NIHN Monthly Meetings: Co-facilitate monthly meetings of the National Indigenous Housing Network, fostering collaboration and driving progress on key objectives for NIHN.
- Outreach: Conduct outreach to Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit individuals to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are addressed.
- Prioritization and Knowledge Dissemination: Identify priorities within Indigenous communities, share this knowledge with government and other stakeholders, and determine appropriate research and community engagement approaches.
- Research and Resource Development: Support the drafting of research documents, position papers, and resources that support the advancement of NIHN goals.
- Fundraising: Support the identification of funding opportunities and participate in preparing proposals to secure financial support for NIHN initiatives.
- Government Relations: Act as a representative during government relations meetings, articulating the priorities and objectives of the NIHN.
- Collaborations and Partnerships: Foster collaborations and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, organizations, and communities.
- Trend Monitoring: Keep a vigilant eye on housing and homelessness trends and emerging issues affecting Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit individuals.
With respect to the Women’s National Housing & Homelessness Network (WNHHN), responsibilities may include:
- Strategic Guidance: Provide strategic guidance on how WNHHN can be an ally and support the rights of Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit individuals.
- Events and Speaking Engagements: Attend and speak at events, conferences, meetings alongside WNHHN leaders, sharing expertise and guidance.
- Collaborative Event Planning: Guide and assist in organizing collaborative events between NIHN and WNHHN.
- Government Relations: Participate in government relations meetings organized by WNHHN and other partners, offering insight into the rights and needs of Indigenous communities.
- Steering Committee Participation: Attend monthly Women’s Network Steering Committee meetings to contribute to strategic planning and decision-making.
- Strong knowledge of Indigenous housing and homelessness issues.
- Demonstrated experience in facilitating meetings and collaborations.
- Excellent communication and advocacy skills.
- Ability to engage with government stakeholders and articulate community needs effectively.
- Strong commitment to Indigenous self-determination, Indigenous rights and social justice.
- Self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently.
- Willingness to travel as required.
Hours & Compensation:
This is a new position with funding supporting 10-20 hours/month for this role at $40-$50 hour, dependent upon qualifications. Hours are flexible and negotiated with the other Co-Chair, Marie McGregor Pitawanakwat. We hope to advance this position into a part-time or full-time position upon securing additional funding.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to . Please include “Co-Chair – NIHN & WNHHN” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is October 9th, 2023.
This position is only open to Indigenous identifying women and gender-diverse applicants. Persons with lived experience of housing insecurity will be prioritized.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.