Recruitment will focus on and reflect feedback from Survivors regarding the skills, experience, and qualities they believe are critical for a permanent Board. Please see the Board Job Description and refer to Recommendation 3 & 4 in the Engagement Report.
The recruitment process will be run in an open, inclusive, and transparent way. This means ensuring there is a strong awareness of the process, ample opportunity for individuals to apply, and a clear articulation of how the selection process will work and who is involved.
Recruitment efforts will seek to engage and consider a broad range of potential candidates. This means doing everything possible to encourage Survivors of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply and to remove barriers that could inhibit a wide range of applicants.
The recruitment process must demonstrate credibility. This means creating a process that is thoughtful and as objective as possible, mitigating the risk of personal or political bias.
How is the Process Being Run?
The Sixties Scoop Foundation Engagement Team, led by Conrad Prince, along with guidance from Expert Advisors, Kenn Richard and Raven Sinclair, are administering the overall process (to see their bios, click here). Their role is to promote the recruitment process, organize the intake of applications, review applications for completeness and basic fit against the job description and criteria outlined in the Engagement Report, provide the Ad-Hoc Selection Committee (see below) with a short-list of 25 applications (max) that best meet the criteria, and conduct reference, vulnerable sector, and police check verifications of final candidates.
Role of the Ad-Hoc Selection Committee
The Ad-hoc selection committee has been chosen to ensure another layer of objectivity in the recruitment process. Composed of 5 individuals with no interest in assuming board positions themselves, the ad-hoc committee has been assembled for the sole purpose of supporting the board selection process. Their role includes reviewing and assessing the 25 (max) short-listed candidates, and ultimately developing a ranked list of final candidates for the last stage of assessment—reference, police, and vulnerable sector checks. The Ad-hoc Selection Committee will prepare a rationale for their selections, which will be presented for final approval to the Interim Board of Directors.
Who is on the Ad-Hoc Selection Committee and How Were They Chosen?
The Ad-Hoc Selection Committee members were identified by the Engagement Team and Expert Advisors and approved by the Interim Board. They were specifically selected based on their:
Experience, credentials, and credibility related to their understanding and commitment to Sixties Scoop Survivors;
Impartiality and lack of any conflict of interest that would interfere with an objective review of applicants;
Stated commitment to adhere as closely as possible to the criteria outlined in the Engagement Report, representing Survivors’ collective aspirations for the Foundation’s leadership.
Willingness to support this work in a purely volunteer capacity (no member of the Selection Committee is being compensated for their time).
Commitment to strict confidentiality throughout the process
Ad-hoc Selection Committee Members
Dr. Allyson Stevenson Research Chair in Métis Studies, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Allyson Stevenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies and the Gabriel Dumont Institute Research Chair in Métis Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her MA and PhD in History from the University of Saskatchewan. She is an adoptee from Kinistino, Sk raised in Regina. Her research focuses on the Sixties Scoop and the emergence of the Adopt Indian and Métis program. Her book, Intimate Integration: A History of the Sixties Scoop is forthcoming October 2020 with University of Toronto Press. She has published articles on the Sixties Scoop, Indigenous Women’s political activism, and histories of Métis resilience and resistance.
Dr. Renee Linklater Director, Shkaabe Makwa, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She has over 25 years of experience working with Indigenous healing agencies and First Nation communities. Renee has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, educator/trainer, and researcher. She is an international speaker on trauma and healing and is the author of Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and strategies. Renee is the Director of Shkaabe Makwa at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is actively involved in several system level initiatives across the Ontario.
Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell Elder-in-Residence, Faculty of Social Work, Aboriginal Field of Study, Wilfrid Laurier University Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell is an Elder-in-Residence with the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Aboriginal Field of Study at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an Indigenous cultural advisor, teacher, and Traditional Practitioner, and has served Indigenous communities for over forty years.
Dr. Cornelia Wieman Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman works for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in Vancouver, BC in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer as the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer (A/DCMO). She is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Nel is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). She completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Bernadette Iahtail Executive Director & Co-Founder, Creating Hope Society of Alberta Bernadette Iahtail is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Creating Hope Society, an Indigenous, accredited non-profit agency established to recognize the sixties and seventies child welfare scoop of Aboriginal children. We believe the child welfare scoop of Aboriginal children is a continuation of the Residential School era, and it is time to halt the cycle of Indigenous children being separated from their families and communities. Creating Hope Society's mission and vision is to "Create hope, support healing, honour truth and reconcile our differences."
If you have any questions about the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation Board Recruitment process, please call toll free: 1-877-313-7011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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