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Indigenous Neighbours Program (INP) Practicum


Abbotsford, In-Person


Job Summary

This program works to foster relationships of trust between Indigenous peoples and local churches, schools, and community organizations. MCC acknowledges the need for reconciliation by journeying in a greater understanding of the history, challenges and strengths we each bring--educating Mennonite constituents and others on Indigenous-Canadian history and reconciliation actions using workshops, speaking engagements, publications and online resources.

Candidate: Through this experience, the practicum student will learn to positively advance the mission of MCC as one engages with our MCC constituency, with Indigenous partners, and the broader community; as well as to facilitate opportunities for MCC constituents and Indigenous partners to build respectful relationships.

Students will assist the Indigenous Neighbours Program Coordinator to:

• Promote and deliver Indigenous Reconciliation education workshops and events.

• Develop and adapt Indigenous history and cultural presentations in an online format and online activities to engage church groups in the ministry of reconciliation.

• Co-facilitate the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and other learning activities for churches, schools, and supporters of MCC.

• Develop book study sessions related to creating greater awareness/understanding and conversation on Indigenous history/concerns & paths of reconciliation between Settler and Indigenous groups.

• Foster growth in relationships with Indigenous people and communities.

• Update and post Indigenous reconciliation prayer needs on social media; circulate Indigenous events newsletter.

• Develop an INP education event for board members, leadership, and staff.

• Develop relationships and collaborate with other organizations doing Indigenous reconciliation work.

Required student type

Indigenous Studies, Global Development Studies, Social Work, Interdisciplinary

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