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Position: Indigenous Relations Coordinator
Organization: Local Food and Farm Co-ops
Location: remote, with travel throughout Northern Ontario


Local Food and Farm Co-ops is currently accepting proposals for an Indigenous Relations Coordinator. The Coordinator will cultivate and strengthen partnerships and relations between the LFFC, its members and stakeholders, and Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario. This role will support self-determined Indigenous food activities and promote value chain coordination opportunities throughout Northern Ontario Indigenous communities. The goal of this work is to build the capacity of the Northern Ontario Local Food Co-operative movement to support Indigenous food resurgence, self-determination, and rights.

Organization description

LFFC is an incorporated non-profit cooperative that has provided organizing and development support for food and farming co-operatives and enterprises in Ontario since 2009. Our Mission: Fostering vibrant, resilient, connected and sustainable food and farm co-operatives.

Eligibility and guidelines

This contract is open to individual candidates and organizations with expertise in project or community development in the Ontario food and farming sector. The successful proponent will be expected to provide their own office space and equipment, and be resident in, or operate from Northern Ontario.
LFFC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally-protected factors.

Key Duties

  • work closely with LFFC Coordinators and the Project Manager
  • work closely with NFDN Steering Committee
  • regular meetings, planning and discussion with LFFC team
  • guide organizational development in Indigenous inclusion within LFFC
  • seek and form good relations between LFFC, NFDN partner organizations and Indigenous communities
  • work with regional partners to evaluate barriers to, and opportunities for improving Indigenous food access in North Ontario
  • support ongoing projects, bringing together businesses and initiatives to develop self-determined food plans and projects based on community needs
  • develop and coordinate resources and learning opportunities, including workshops and networking events
  • facilitate mentorships and peer-to-peer communications between co-operatives, sector leaders and local food system stakeholders
  • collect and develop resources and tools for an online repository
  • participatory primary and secondary research and analysis
  • planning, recording and evaluation of project activities
  • reporting for a variety of audiences
  • ensure funders and community partners are recognized and engaged in project activities
  • support and promotion for events and associated programs in which LFFC is a partner


  • Indigenous lived experience, perspective and/or understanding regarding:
  • Indigenous foodways in Northern Ontario
  • Food resistance, resurgence, rights and self-determination
  • Food policy and colonial history impacting remote Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario
  • Co-operative, non-profit or community economic development
  • Clear and effective communication and interlocution skills
  • Ability to communicate in Ojibwe, Cree and/or Oji-Cree (preferred)
  • Experience with food supply or value chain coordination (preferred)
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Ontario, including to remote (fly-in/no road access) communities (travel expenses to be billed in addition to fees)
  • (following recommendations from public health officials regarding safer travel practices during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Financial reporting experience
  • Fundraising experience (preferred)
  • Work well with supervisors, stakeholders and the public, embodying patience, tolerance and consideration
  • Strong ability to work independently

Remuneration & Contract Details

Wage: $3250 per month, billed monthly

Hours: Approximately 18 hours per week, or 78 hours per month

Location: remote, with travel throughout Northern Ontario

Duration: August 1st, 2020 - July 31st, 2021 with possibility to renew

Application Details

Deadline to apply: July 17th, 2020 at 11:59pm

Interview Dates: July 27 - 31st, 2020 (to be held by video conference)

Submit proposals in one(1) pdf document to:

Content of proposal:

  • Description of experience with Indigenous communities and initiatives
  • Description of experience in the local food and farm sector, or food system
  • Description of work experience in co-ops or non-profits
  • Examples of other contracts or projects related to the local food and farm sector
  • A CV, Resume, or Organizational profile, as applicable
  • Area of residence or operations

LFFC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally-protected factors.

LFFC thanks all candidates for their applications. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 24 2020    ID: 56912