To begin our organizational journey in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is implementing an Elder in Residence pilot project with the goal of building mutually beneficial relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
“This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from the experiences, wisdom, and knowledge the Elder will bring,” says VIRL’s Executive Director, Rosemary Bonanno. “I have no doubt that the Elder’s presence will have an immediate positive impact on our collective path to reconciliation, both inside the Library and out.”
VIRL is currently accepting nominations for this exciting initiative. This will be contracted position for two days a week at an urban VIRL branch for a period of one year.
We are seeking an Elder who will:
- Engage in meaningful conversations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of all ages, backgrounds, etc.
- Have an open, approachable personality
- Assist people on their personal journeys towards truth and reconciliation
- Provide the opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to meet for cultural support, guidance, and teaching
- Possess strong leadership qualities, including excellent listening skills that put people at ease
- Share their Indigenous knowledge, traditions, ceremonies, languages, and customs
Some desired outcomes of the Elder’s involvement include:
- Engaging with customers and staff to advance reconciliation
- Hosting programming for cross-cultural understanding
- Suggesting ideas for Library services and/or programs
- Helping to build new relationships between VIRL and Indigenous communities
- Providing input on collection development
To nominate an Indigenous Elder for this role, members of the public are encouraged to contact Campbell River Librarian Joëlle Samson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.287.3655.
The search will run until July 31, 2017.