INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT RESEARCHER
TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND GATHER RESOURCES FOR THE NEW MUSEUM OF NORTH VANCOUVER
(OPENING EARLY 2020)
• An experienced researcher, with interest in direct community engagement and subject matter background in regional history and/or local Coast Salish history and culture, is needed to gather research resources for exhibits in North Vancouver’s new museum (scheduled to open in early 2020).
• You will conduct research, facilitate engagement with local Indigenous community members, conduct interviews and collect exhibit materials and resources to provide Indigenous perspectives for exhibits and programs for the new Museum of North Vancouver. Some experience in museum exhibit work is desired.
• Working in collaboration with NVMA’s Indigenous Voices Advisory Committee, and reporting to the Curator, the Indigenous Community Engagement Researcher will independently undertake research, conduct interviews, and engage with local Indigenous community members to share stories, newspaper articles, photos, artifacts and personal objects, oral histories, music, videos, and artwork, to help provide Indigenous perspectives and content for the stories and themes presented in the new museum core exhibits, temporary and mobile exhibits, programs, and special events.
• The ideal candidate for this position would possess or be pursuing an advanced degree in History, Anthropology, First Nations studies, or related degree, with experience conducting research and interviews, familiar with local Indigenous communities, culture, and language.
The New Museum of North Vancouver
• In early 2020 the new Museum of North Vancouver will open in Lower Lonsdale, at 115 West Esplanade. This centrally-located facility will feature 3,555 sq ft of core exhibit space, 1,400 sq ft temporary exhibit gallery, as well as community and flex spaces for events, workshops, education programs, and distributed exhibits. The galleries will include video and audio components, and engagement activities, in addition to objects and artifacts.
• NVMA staff, together with the architectural and exhibit design teams, have been working with the Indigenous Voices Advisory Committee throughout the museum planning and design process to include Indigenous content and perspectives for the new museum. The NVMA and exhibit design team have made a commitment that “Stories of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations are woven throughout the exhibition at a high level” (Kei Space, North Vancouver Museum 100% Schematic Design document, 2018).
• Rather than relegating Indigenous stories to just the pre-contact and early contact exhibit areas, which has long been the norm in many museum exhibits, the NVMA recognizes that Indigenous history and perspectives are essential to the understanding of the complex and inclusive history of communities throughout Canada, and definitely of North Vancouver.
• Contract period: November 2018 through July 2019
• Contract fee: $10,000 total (exclusive of travel costs)
• Please apply no later than September 28, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled during the first two weeks of October.
• Include a resume and cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for this contract.
• Applications should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Indigenous Community Engagement Researcher” in the subject line.
North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission
Office: 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, BC V7K 3E5
This contract opportunity is made possible by partial funding from the Indigenous Partnership Program of the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia administered by Heritage BC.
The North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.