The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are looking for a person who can bring an Indigenous perspective to interpreting the heritage and ecology of these areas for the purpose of a GPS interpretive app. This work will aim to support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons regarding perspectives on the land and provide the opportunity for cross-cultural learning about these lands and their history.
The GPS interpretive app aims to facilitate place-based learning for families, health and wellness enthusiasts, classrooms, nature lovers and greenspace park users. The Indigenous and Métis history of the land that is part of the afforestation areas is one aspect that needs to be included through virtual markers on the digital wayfinding app. The Old Bone Trail, by which Métis brought buffalo bones to the rail yards in Saskatoon, passed through the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Interpretation should aim at identifying traditional connections with nature, as well as present day local plant names and the use of native plants for healing and medicinal purposes. The stories need to tie together indigenous terms for flora and fauna with Western Scientific classification systems. There has been an initial citizen science foray into the extant ecosystem for reference purposes.
Indigenous perspectives on the land and all the plants and animals found there need to be included. The inclusion of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, ethnobotany, Indigenous heritage and culture and Indigenous languages will be valuable, i.e., Integrating Indigenous philosophy and providing new models of how to relate to the land and restore and build relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities. This also ties in with emerging ideas about healing through reconnection to land, e.g., forest bathing. Where appropriate, interpretation should speak to the sacredness of water and Indigenous People’s relationships with water and spirituality, and the tie-in to the West Swale wetlands, namely Chappell Marsh, and the human dimensions of water issues for Indigenous and non-Indigenous park space users – tourists, and local community.
The position requires a focus on knowledge of botanical and ecological ecosystems that can further iNaturalist sightings in the afforestation areas.
Who we are:
The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (Friends) is a non-profit environmental charity looking after two greenspaces in Saskatoon, SK, namely the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (RSBBAA) and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park (GGGURP). We are working to protect these important naturalized areas, which are laboratories in ecological succession and habitats for federally and provincially listed species at risk.
The 50th anniversary of the planting of the afforestation areas is in 2022/2023.
Skills and Qualifications
We are looking for someone with the following skills and qualifications
Knowledge of Treaty 6 Indigenous Language and or Métis (Michif) would be beneficial to honour the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032*. “This effort will support the efforts of Indigenous peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their languages within the realm of reconciliations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons.” Therefore, there may be a need to write in both English and Indigenous languages for inclusivity and to invite dialogue which will promote public awareness of the richness and diversity of Indigenous languages. * as pertinent to the subject matter.
Treaty 6 includes the following: nêhiyawak (Cree), nakawē (Saulteaux), and yankton and yanktonai people (Nakota)and the Métis, so therefore it would be great to honour these languages where possible.
Further to this the Friends will also acknowledge English as the base language of the park community, while also bringing on French and scientific naming for the environment such as naming of plants and animals. This should be supported with the local Treaty 6 Indigenous Language(s) and/or Métis (Michif) where possible.
* To support 2021–2030 the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
This is a short-term contract position that will conclude when the writing/documentation is finished. The deadline for final completion of contract submission is on or before February 22, 2023 for STAGE ONE. The deadline for applying is March 31, 2022
Though the position is Virtual, candidate should be able to travel to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park the subjects of the interpretation stories.
The work can be done at home according to a mutually agreed upon timeline to achieve goals and milestones. Coordination will be through email/zoom/phone.
The contract can be to help adapt existing stories to be inclusive of an Indigenous (or Métis) Lens, and / or create new stories from scratch following the outlined principles as above or combination thereof.
Though it is "Work from home" successful candidate should reside in Saskatoon to have the capacity to visit the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park for which the interpretation is required.
How to Apply:
Remuneration: To begin Negotiations on Contract for $2,000 STAGE ONE and the successful candidate must have the ability to work together with the Friends on future grant submissions for furtherance of the contract STAGE TWO to be undertaken.
We invite applicant to self-identify as Indigenous or Métis within cover letters and / or resumes
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