Volunteer Postings “Brown Canada” Community Animators for Sikh, Tamil and Indo-Caribbean Communities
Volunteer Position: Community Animator - Project: Brown Canada - Documenting and Creating South Asian Histories in Canada Duration: Immediate Start - June 29, 2012 Compensation: Honourarium-based
Brown Canada is a 2-year comprehensive South Asian history project that seeks to document and create history from a diverse range of perspectives that fall under the ‘South Asian’ umbrella. During this project, we will be creating a comprehensive website with photos, videos and articles, creative and digital storytelling workshops, resource booklets, a DVD, as well as a memorial website and youth-led play dedicated to exploring histories of the Komagata Maru.
CASSA is looking to fill three Community Animator positions. The Community Animator will be responsible for gathering content and mobilizing interest in the Brown Canada project within a specific South Asian community or experience. We are currently seeking animators to work with people identifying as Sikh, Indo-Caribbean and Tamil.* The project aims to document intersecting identities in each theme based on contributors’ preferences and self-identification. The Community Animator will be expected to create and obtain content for the Brown Canada website and DVD’s primarily through interviews with community members in the form of video, photography or written submissions.
Responsibilities: -act as a liaison between Sikh/Indo-Caribbean/Tamil Community and overall ‘Brown Canada’ project -research and compile information with regard to specific community -Assist Brown Canada’s Outreach Team with community outreach and volunteer recruitment/coordination -coordinate interviews and record oral histories of community members -use creative art/media such as video, digital storytelling, and creative writing to encourage story-telling -obtain informed consent from all individuals and groups interviewed, ensure permission forms are signed -Submit articles, photographs, stories to the project manager within the week they are completed so that they can be shared on the Brown Canada website -other administrative duties as assigned
-Self-identification with the communities specified (e.g Sikh or Tamil and/or Indo-Caribbean) -Knowledge or interest in the above South Asian communities along with community contacts interest and/or experience in areas of South Asian history, issues, politics or activism -Enthusiastic about learning and sharing knowledge
-Interest in arts, media, research and writing -Ability to work effectively independently and in a group -Good verbal and written communication skills -Knowledge of anti-oppression analysis -Ability to work under tight deadlines*In addition to documenting the Sikh, Tamil and Indo-Caribbean communities, the Brown Canada project is also interested in documenting communities and experiences that include but are not limited to, people identifying as Bangladeshi, Indian, Muslim, Pakistani, Punjabi, Mixed-Race, LGBTQ, Women, Disabled, Workers, Artists, Cultural workers and Healthcare providers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in working with any of these communities or any others that are not listed.
How to Apply: Please submit your résumé and cover letter by May 9, 2012 at 5 pm, either: By Mail to:
Anita Khanna, Project Manager CASSA, 2401 Eglinton Ave. East, Unit 212 Toronto, ON, M1K 2N8
Or by Email with one email attachment if possible: email@example.com
CASSA is committed to employment equity & encourages applicants from members of equity seeking groups. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.