Nyaagaaniid: Student Success and Anishinaabe Initiatives
The title Nyaagaaniid comes from the verb niigaanii (Anishinaabemowin) meaning to lead. For the position, the word is changed to its conjunct form for leader.
Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University, the Nyaagaaniid of Student Success and Anishinaabe Initiatives is a member of the University’s Senior Executive Team, who will effectively engage faculty, staff, and students in supporting the University’s Special Mission to:
Be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level, with a particular focus on the needs of Northern Ontario; and
Cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site.
The Nyaagaaniid will work with and across existing portfolios to review related structures and initiatives, and will make recommendations and move forward with implementation strategies specific to the four key areas of focus (outlined below) related to the Special Mission and Indigenous priorities of the University. This Nyaagaaniid will help to lead reconciliation, decolonization and partnership efforts with First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples and communities and will continue to enhance a partnership with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Shingwauk Education Trust, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, as well as support and foster the continued relationship with the Anishinaabe Peoples’ Council, a community-based advisory committee to the President and the Board of Governors.
This position will focus leadership efforts on four key areas: student-success, cultivating cross-cultural learning, special history (truth and legacy of site) and community. The Nyaagaaniid will ensure understanding across the University of the commitment to the Special Mission (agreement with the Province); Shingwauk Covenant and the Addendum to the Covenant between Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Shingwauk Education Trust and Algoma University; and the partnership agreements between the University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Anishinaabe Peoples’ Council.
The Nyaagaaniid will provide senior leadership on the University’s strategic priority of moving forward with our commitments to the University’s Special Mission and Truth and Reconciliation by becoming a national leader in this area. With a focus on partnerships and community relationships, the Nyaagaaniid will provide senior executive level support to the work of the Shingwauk Residential School Centre and Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. Furthermore, the Nyaagaaniid will be responsible for maintaining a focus on spirit, mind and body at Algoma University through the use of ceremony, culture and traditional knowledge.
Recent nationally profiled events include: Universities Canada National Building Reconciliation Forum, Taking Care of the Land Symposium, Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow, Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall Unveiling.
Candidates should possess a minimum of a Master’s degree although a PhD, EdD, or comparable terminal degree would be an asset, have significant recent experience in post-secondary administration, and have experience and understanding of community development and positive working relationships with FNMI communities
Minimum 5 years’ leadership experience working with FNMI communities, as well as experience in diversity and equity as they relate to faculty, human resources, student experience and the workplace
Lived experience of Indigenous worldviews, cultures and values, and superior understanding of diverse FNMI knowledge systems (and research methodologies)
Demonstrated knowledge and practice of cross-cultural capacity-building at the academic and community level
Knowledge of and experience with post-secondary education initiatives, programs and transformative practices in support of FNMI education, student success and community engagement
Knowledge and experience implementing the Truth & Reconciliation recommendations and other relevant Federal and Provincial reports, programs and grant opportunities that impact the post-secondary sector
Demonstrated accomplishments in a post-secondary (or other) administrative role
Demonstrated teaching, research and scholarly ability
LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND STYLE:
Deep understanding of the Medicine Wheel teachings and the concept of spirit, mind and body as they relate to ceremony, culture, traditional knowledge and teachings
Patience, diplomacy, flexibility and resolve to deliver Anishinaabe student support services and provide academic leadership
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide visionary leadership as it pertains to student services and programming
A genuine interest in students and an enthusiasm for academic pursuits
A demonstrated sense of fairness and a consistent commitment to respect and equity
A track record of community involvement
Demonstrated ability to listen, to take into account differing points of view, but also to make independent and difficult decisions
Demonstrated ability to build consensus, to resolve conflict and to bring about constructive change
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, delegate, and work in teams
Strong oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate transparently
A demonstrated high degree of technical competency in Microsoft Office and GSuite
Sault Ste. Marie, originally called Baawitigong, meaning “place of the rapids”, is a city on the St. Mary’s River in Ontario, Canada, close to the US-Canada border. Situated at the “heart of the Great Lakes”, Sault Ste. Marie serves as the economic and cultural hub of the Algoma District and is the third largest city in Northern Ontario, after Sudbury and Thunder Bay. It is one of the oldest settlements in North America and has a population of 75,000 people.
The city has all the amenities of a big city – shopping, entertainment, sports teams, festivals, and cultural activities – while also having a smaller town feel. It also has four distinct seasons that allow residents to take part in hiking and biking, skiing and snowboarding as well as a variety of indoor activities. Sault Ste. Marie is home to “Bon Soo”, Canada’s second largest winter carnival that takes place close by the campus and features music, great food, sleigh rides, and even the popular polar bear swim.
The city is home to two academic institutions aside from Algoma University: Sault College, a college of applied arts and technology, and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. Sault College and Algoma University have close ties with Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The city also houses the Algoma District School Board and the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board with over 30 elementary and secondary schools between both school boards.
This is an exciting leadership role that offers the unique opportunity to directly impact Indigenous education. For more details, please contact:
Mike Eagar • Consultant
1 Rideau St. Suite
Telephone : 613-788-8254 ext.102
Joy Beshie • Senior Search Associate
1 Rideau St. Suite 700
Telephone : 613-788-8254 ext.109