board members volunteer opportunity

board members volunteer opportunity



The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare (NISCW) Network is seeking community leaders to join our Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 period (13 representatives). The board members provide leadership to the NISCW Network in the areas of organizational direction, policy, strategic planning, and fiduciary accountability. We aim to attract skilled and committed individuals to assist us in these key areas.

Location: National (Provincial and Territorial Regional Representation Opportunity)

Founded in 2016, the NISCW Network is a not-for-profit national coalition of Indigenous peoples (Métis, First Nation and Inuit) and organizations which provides leadership, support and advocacy for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous child removal systems in Canada – regardless of where they reside. About Us.

The NISCW Networks core objectives are; to provide a national forum for the members of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network where they are free to express their needs and concerns on behalf of Indigenous people affected by Indigenous child removal systems in Canada; to ensure access to services for Indigenous people affected by Indigenous child removal systems in Canada; and, to publish relevant, accurate and up-to-date information to Indigenous people affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada. 

Our ideal candidate will possess some of the following qualifications and experience

  • Be passionate about improving the lives and experience of Indigenous Peoples who were part of past and current child welfare removal systems
  • Support NISCW Network dedication to harm reduction and related approaches
  • Possess a track record of community leadership and active participation
  • Be independent of any organization with an identical mandate at the national level (mandatory)
  • Have prior experience working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit peoples and their communities
  • Identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or Non-Status First Nations person
  • Have board experiences for a not-for- profit organization
  • Be a community member with the Sixties Scoop and/or child welfare community
  • Possess an awareness and understanding of service needs within the child welfare and Sixties Scoop experience
  • Possess skills and experience in any one or more of the following areas:


  1. Policy review/development
  2. Indigenous culture and community
  3. Indigenous research methods and protocols
  4. Financial planning and oversight
  5. Community engagement
  6. Recruitment
  7. Indigenous presentation
  8. Professional development
  9. Education
  10. Legal expertise
  11. Communications
  12. Funding/Proposal writing
  13. Federal/provincial relations

The board meets monthly, and each member is expected to commit to a three-year term. In addition to our meetings, each board member is asked to serve on at least one standing committee, which may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Finance
  • Executive
  • Nominating (i.e. Board Recruitment)
  • By-Law

This is a working board and therefore some reading and work outside of these meetings are often required.

Applications are welcomed from everyone within the Indigenous community, including women, men, two-Spirit, gender fluid/gender non-binary persons, Sixties Scoop Survivors, persons with disabilities, visible and non-visible. It is our aim to have a Board, which reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all board positions are full of each of the regions (one representative from each province/territory only). Those candidates who possess the required skills and/or lived experience will be contacted for an interview.

Please submit your expression of interest cover letter and current resume to

Re: Board Recruitment

National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network

2116-190 Lees Ave.

Ottawa, ON

K1S 5L5

(613) 252-2226

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