pipikwan pêhtâkwan is an Indigenous owned, led and majority staffed public relations agency focused on elevating Indigenous voices, projects and issues. We primarily serve Indigenous businesses, organizations and communities to bring their voices to the mainstream media and general public, while ensuring Indigenous Peoples maintain ownership of their initiatives and stories. The pipikwan pêhtâkwan team prides themselves as helpers who understand the barriers and know the language that resonates with our peoples. We collaborate with our partners to build communications and engagement strategies that work for Indigenous communities.
Reporting to the Director of Engagement, the Engagement Intern would support and strengthen engagement between pipikwan pêhtâkwan’s clients and Indigenous communities, groups and people. The Engagement Intern will support respectful and effective community relations while collaborating with our clients.
The position will be working remotely or the candidate can use our shared co-working spaces in Edmonton and Calgary locations with regular supervision and development. This includes regular video-conference meetings, ongoing virtual team messaging/chat tools, emails and telephone calls.
- Supporting and guiding past, current, and potential Indigenous community partners to achieve respectful, honest, effective, and meaningful relationships and collaborations. This includes relationships with clients, government, funders, donors, etc.
- Collaborating with the Director of Engagement to develop effective engagement strategies, plans and reports and as required the implementation of plans and tactics; including but not limited to, logistical, administrative, and facilitation support.
- Support the advising on engagement strategies through an Indigenous or intersectional lens, fostering respectful, engaging, and positive Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations and partnerships.
- Conduct environmental scans, literature reviews, and other research to support engagement projects.
- Representing pipikwan pêhtâkwan during special events and community visits.
Skills & Competencies
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent research skills.
- Experience collaborating with multiple Indigenous communities.
- Experience with Indigenous – non-Indigenous collaborations.
- Regular access to a vehicle and the ability to travel (expenses paid) to northern Indigenous communities.
- Ability to support the engagement sessions with clients, partners, Indigenous communities.
- Experience with G Suite – Google Workspace, Microsoft Office suite, and project management software (e.g. Asana, Monday, Trello, ClickUp).
- A minimum of 1-2 years of professional Indigenous relations experience with a non-profit, governmental, or for-profit organization.
- Near completion or recent completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma in a community development, Indigenous studies, Planning, or an engagement-related field.
- Education and practical knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of Indigenous relations, engagement or other applicable fields of expertise.
- Experience or knowledge working effectively and respectfully with Indigenous communities in an engagement role.
- Candidates must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada under relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
- Able to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings, and weekends.
- Virtual work placement with potential for occasional travel requirements. Out of province applicants are invited to apply.
Start DateMay 1, 2022
As this agency is focused on working with Indigenous communities, preference will be given to applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a person of colour or people with extensive experience working with Indigenous communities.
Benefits for interns include, flexible work schedules, remote work from home, four-day work week, health spending account, and an awesome collaborative and supportive team culture.