Island Marine Aquatic Working Group

Vancouver Island and Mainland Inlet Regional, Fish, Fish Habitat and Fisheries Indigenous Knowledge Gathering

January 2022 – March 31, 2023



We are seeking an Indigenous expert with the knowledge and expertise in working with Indigenous communities, to:

  • Coordinate the Indigenous Knowledge project.
  • Understand the current protocols or development of, for collecting/using Indigenous Knowledge.
  • Organize and facilitate Knowledge Holders engagement.
  • Understand the cultural dynamics, transparency and privacy requirements of using and storing Indigenous Knowledge.
  • Set-up database, enter data collected while providing training to IMAWG staff on how to access, manage and use data


With the current Fisheries Act Renewal, Reconciliation Strategy, and recognition that many current Indigenous knowledge holders are becoming older in age; IMAWG has made the collection of Indigenous knowledge a major priority and understands the importance of creating an archive to appropriately house this sensitive historical information. This is especially important as IMAWG and its members want to act quickly with the Indigenous knowledge collection process within their communities before more knowledge is lost.  The objective of this project is to put in place the infrastructure necessary for gathering and storing (i.e., Trailmark software), developing related processes and undertaking in-depth training for IMAWG staff on these processes.  This two-year project will involve the development of Indigenous knowledge sharing protocols and the construction of a comprehensive database to house.  The collection procedure will have a set engagement process to ensure data collection is gathered in a respectful, fulsome and protected manner.



This is a part-time contract position starting January 7, 2022 through to March 21, 2023, with the possibility of an extension.  It is expected that the contractor will be located in/around Vancouver Island and will be responsible for providing their own workplace and equipment (e.g., office space, computer, printer, etc.). The successful candidate will have a set budget for wages on a part time basis, with flexibility to manage hours with commitment work plan targets and deliverables.  The overall budget for this position is $54,000.  There is flexibility to allocate this budget across the duration of the project and between fees and expenses.  These terms will be negotiated with the successful applicant.  All travel expenses under Treasury Board guidelines will be covered in addition to the wage.

Contact and Deadline:

All interested person as required to respond by December 31st, 2021 to:

Sonora F. Thompson

Executive Director

Island Marine Aquatic Working Group


Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw Nation Territories

“To strengthen and empower a unified approach for Indigenous fisheries, supporting ecosystems and respected rights ensuring food security and health for all communities and the next seven generations.”

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