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Indigenous Heritage Specialist (Seasonal)

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Fort William Historical Park / Program Development and Implementation
Thunder Bay
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Temporary seasonal, annually recurring contract - duration up to 10 months
Job Code:
02922 - Museum Assistant 1
$805.07 - $937.51 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Fort William Historical Park is one of the largest living history attractions in North America. The park provides cultural, heritage, entertainment and educational experiences for residents and visitors to Northwestern Ontario. Staff in period clothing help tell the story of the peoples who lived and worked in the area in the year 1815. By utilizing story-telling techniques, demonstrating traditional skills, and sharing knowledge from the time-period guest are encouraged to step back into the past. This position assists the Indigenous Heritage Program Coordinator to share the story of the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes Region by developing and presenting educational programming to schools, tourists, and other groups.

Fort William Historical Park celebrates, respects and honours the culture, heritage, history, and past and present contributions of Indigenous Peoples. As one of Ontario's significant heritage and culture attractions, Fort William Historical Park aims to represent Indigenous Peoples, their cultures and traditions at the highest standard. Fort William Historical Park is committed to continually improving our facilities and services to provide visitors with outstanding Indigenous cultural programming.

As Fort William' provides a 24/7 operation, you may be required to attend overnight functions, travel to out of town events and off-hour programs, and work on holidays and weekends.

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We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• Provide assistance in the research, development, training and implementation of Indigenous heritage programs and activities;
• Monitor and evaluate historical interpretations, dramas, tours, special events, education and outreach programs;
• Portray a role in traditional and historic-inspired clothing and participate in historical dramatizations, festivals and artisan demonstrations;
• Conduct research to ensure accuracy in the depiction of programs;
• Provide technical direction to students, and provide information to staff, stakeholders and community interest groups.

How do I qualify?

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

• You have knowledge of or the desire to learn about storytelling, living history interpretation, drama and education methodologies and applications
• You have knowledge of Indigenous culture, history and perspective
• You have knowledge of or the desire to learn about natural history, period hunting, fishing and trapping techniques, as well as fabrication, construction, and esthetic techniques pertaining to relevant Indigenous material culture
• You have the desire to teach and share Indigenous perspectives and world views
• You have the desire to share advice on cultural program development, and participate in historical programming

Communication, Public Speaking and Interpersonal Skills:

• You can effectively share your knowledge and skills with others
• You have written or verbal skills necessary to share program content and convey key program information
• You have knowledge of or the desire to learn traditional harvesting practices such as birch bark, spruce root, sphagnum moss and more

Group Leadership and Teamwork Skills:

• You can provide guidance and mentorship to staff and volunteers, and respond to customer service related issues
• You can work effectively in a team environment

Analytical, Problem Solving and Research Skills:

• You can conduct research to ensure accuracy in the depiction of programs
• You can develop Indigenous cultural programs specific to audience needs

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 10 months, 1350 King Rd, Thunder Bay, North Region, Vulnerable Sector Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Monday, September 25, 2023
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
  • W-TM-204337/23
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 11, 2023 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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