Farm to Cafeteria Canada seeking Indigenous Lead

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: May 20, 2021

Categories: Edible Education Network / GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Members

farm to cafeteria canada logoFarm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) is currently seeking an Indigenous Lead: Local Food to School.

The position is open to anywhere in Canada/Indigenous Territories (or Nations), and is a 1-year contract (from July 1, 2021 – June 31, 2022, with potential to extend) at 28-35 hours per week. The salary is $50,000-55,000. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 5 p.m. PST.

The Indigenous Lead will work as a member of the F2CC national team to enable networking and relationship building, storytelling, connection and funding so that people who are looking to integrate Indigenous food ways and healthy, local foods into their school communities have more resources and connections to do so.

The Indigenous Lead will work as a part of a team to:

Facilitate relationships and support school communities:

  • Facilitate relationships and knowledge sharing with and among teachers, principals, Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, public health professionals, youth, food providers, and other members of school communities who are supporting healthy school food systems.
  • Listen to the needs and opportunities that people bring forward and begin to take steps to address these needs. This may be through documenting and sharing stories of success through the F2CC blog or other platforms, sharing funding opportunities, inviting people to share how they have overcome challenges, and supporting school communities with grant applications.

Support F2CC’s organizational approach and communications:

  • Work with the F2CC team to ensure that grants are more accessible to Indigenous Nations and communities and that people across identities and traditions can see themselves in F2CC’s materials and messages.
  • Inform F2CC in its work to ensure that Indigenous values and ways of knowing are appropriately and consistently represented within the national farm to school movement.
  • Support the F2CC team to engage in active processes that advance food justice and anti-oppression work including working on ways to increase knowledge among non-Indigenous people that occupy this land.
  • Inform F2CC in its work toward ensuring that its structures are inclusive and support Indigenous Food Sovereignty.
  • Contribute to the F2CC website including helping to develop blog content and contribute resources for the F2S Resource Centre.
  • Review and provide feedback on evaluation tools.
  • Attend and contribute to regular national project team meetings.


  • Report on activities.
  • Support fundraising efforts to extend or expand this role.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Lived experience  with Indigenous protocols, teachings and worldviews
  • Experience working with urban and rural Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Familiarity with issues related to food security and food sovereignty
  • Demonstrated commitment to food justice and anti-oppression
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in community development or food security programming
  • Demonstrated experience in community outreach, mobilizing, facilitation, organizing, and capacity building including in an online environment
  • Values listening and working to support collaborative efforts
  • Excellent communicator—both oral and written (in English)
  • Familiarity and comfort using digital communication tools i.e., emails, websites, social media, desktop publishing, etc.
  • Self-motivated and can work from a home or partner office (if available)
  • Access to a computer and stable internet connection


  • Knowledgeable of Farm to Cafeteria Canada and its activities
  • Understands the local food to school approach and has experience advancing aspects of it
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment
  • Communication skills in French / one or more Indigenous language(s)

Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and F2CC encourages all those with relevant skills and experience to apply.

Learn more about the position and how to apply on the Farm to Cafeteria Canada website here (ici en français).