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Public Health Promotion Fellowship, Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian Relief Committee Briut

Kenora, Ontario
Deadline October 17, 2014

Program Description: Briut (meaning ‘health’ in Hebrew) is a community-driven health promotion program that aims to improve the health and well-being of Northern Ontario Aboriginal populations by strengthening local capacity for community-led health promotion programs. These programs are developed within the context of local knowledge and expertise.

Opportunity: Ve’ahavta is seeking one dedicated individual to support health promotion initiatives in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation from November 2014 for a 4-6 month period. Through this partnership with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the Briut Fellow will support the development and enhancement of community-led health promotion programs which utilize Indigenous knowledge and expertise, including traditional Anishinabe teachings and traditional approaches to health. The focus of this placement includes:

  • Supporting local providers/communities through assessing and responding to identified community needs and development of strategies for how these needs will be addressed;
  • Supporting the development of health promotion programs which respect and acknowledge the local culture and socio-political environment, and which utilize a cultural approach to holistic wellness, as well as traditional Anishinabe teachings and practices;
  • Facilitating the co-development of community designed and community implemented programs which will lead to long-term, sustainable outcomes.

About Ve’ahavta: Ve’ahavta is a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization motivated by the Jewish values of Tikun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice), that assists vulnerable populations through volunteerism and education, while building bridges between Jews and other peoples.

About the Kenora Chiefs Advisory: Kenora Chiefs Advisory is committed and dedicated to providing culturally appropriate health and social services which address the needs and enhance the well being and capacity of community members in the affiliated First Nations.

Terms and Conditions: This is a paid short-term contract, offering a monthly living stipend, as well as subsidized local accommodation and transportation costs. Fellows’ flights to and from Kenora from their home community is included in the fellowship. The program will also provide a comprehensive orientation and training prior to the placement. This program is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


  • Masters in Public Health or Social Work, second year student or graduate;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion initiatives using participatory methods;
  • Experience in projects involving participatory community development processes and needs assessments;
  • Experience with outreach work with Aboriginal populations in Canada in an urban or rural setting;
  • Ability to work independently, self-motivated;
  • Understanding of the social determinants of health, particularly in Aboriginal/rural settings;
  • Proven ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders and partners, including NGOs and community/regional bodies;
  • Ability to adapt to challenging living conditions (e.g., boil water advisories; restricted access to travel, restricted internet access; limited access to a the variety of foods found in urban settings)
  • Assets:
  • Lived experience residing in an Aboriginal community;
  • Experience in writing grants, reflexive writing, blogging experience;
  • Ability to work in high pressure and ambiguous environments with flexibility and adaptability;
  • Ability to build informal relationships and trust with new stakeholders;
  • Creativity, and experience in designing innovative programs;
  • Experience living in a rural setting with limited infrastructure.

All applicants must complete an online application including a CV, two letters of reference and a personal statement. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview. For further inquiry, or to receive application materials, please contact:

Leah Silverman: Project Coordinator, National & International Programs
(416) 964-7698 Ext. 225 --- Fax: (416) 964-6582 ---

Applications due October 17, 2014 at 9am.