Indigenous Geography Research Assistant

Job Description:

Indigenous Geography Research Assistant for Native-Land

Please send an email to tempranova@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.

Native-Land.ca is dedicated to educating and spreading knowledge about Indigenous territories. With the addition of Latin America, we are now the largest provider online of this important information about the land we stand on, and we are growing as people begin to understand the importance of the heritage of the land they live on.

I’m Victor Temprano, the developer of the site, and I have been doing this work because it matters. It would be great for me to be able to focus on organizational and logistic issues with Native Land. I’m searching for someone to help categorize and strengthen the territory, language, and treaty sources and the way that we are dealing with sources around the site. People use this site as a resource all the time and we need a way to responsibly show where our information is coming from.

This position would involve going back over past communications, verifying territory maps and making all of Native Land’s map creation processes more public and transparent. I will be creating individual nation/language/treaty pages, and you will be charged with keeping them relatively up-to-date.

This would be part-time work, with hours around 5-10 per week to start. I will train the ideal candidate to the specifics of the tech we use at Native Land.

Ideal candidate will:

  • Be Indigenous
  • Will be already be involved in Indigenous land and heritage
  • Have an academic background or a background of working with sources
  • Be interested in the more theoretical problems behind mapping so many different kinds of peoples and identities

Will be knowledgeable in:

  • Potential sources of information that can improve Native Land’s accuracy
  • Formal sourcing and verification of sources, ensuring sources are readable to others
  • Some minor data entry work would be helpful
  • Grant proposals (not required but will be useful)

Tasks will include:

  • Going back over all existing territories, treaties, and languages, and compiling together sources and history of discussions that have affected the territory on the map (you will be guided through this)
  • Develop and suggest ways to reach out to new sources or connect to improve Native Land’s accuracy and missing areas on the map
  • Suggest ways the sources and tools could be integrated with classroom learning
  • Being a part of a growing organization that is trying to find ways to tell meaningful stories about Indigenous land through making data available to people

Bonus Points!

  • If you live or can visit the Vancouver, BC area, as it would be good to meet in person

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