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Opportunity for Indigenous Youth Leaders

Date Posted: 
Monday, January 27, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020

[This posting is now closed]

West Coast Environmental Law has three openings on its Board of Directors for Indigenous youth interested in environmental and Indigenous law. Preference will be given to local youth from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

West Coast is a non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment through law. We are committed to transforming the legal landscape in ways that are more sustainable, more democratic and more just, with a particular focus on collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law. West Coast is known for its RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) initiative, a unique co-learning and legal support program grounded in Indigenous law and deliberative democracy. We have been working with, and providing non-profit legal services to Indigenous nations for much of our 45-year history.

The West Coast Indigenous youth board positions are intended to support intergenerational learning and the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders. These roles also provide a unique opportunity for Indigenous youth to help shape the strategic direction of one of Canada’s leading environmental organizations.

Opportunities for Indigenous youth board members include:

  • Mentorship from senior Indigenous leadership on our board
  • A chance to attend, participate and represent West Coast’s board at RELAW co-learning sessions
  • Hands-on experience in board governance and non-profit leadership
  • An honorarium for your time, as well as travel costs to in-person meetings if required

If you are between the ages of 19-29 and are interested in this opportunity, please email us a brief statement explaining why to, attn: Nominations Committee by February 28, 2020. Please include the names and contact info for two references who can speak to how you meet the criteria below.

Consideration will be given to the following in selecting board candidates:

  • demonstrated commitment and leadership on environmental and climate justice issues
  • interest in Indigenous legal traditions
  • interest in environmental law and policy reform
  • interest in mentorship opportunities in board governance in the nonprofit sector
  • able to commit 5-6 hours per month for two years
  • citizen of an Indigenous nation in BC
  • 2SLGBTQQIA people are encouraged to apply.


Type of Opportunity: 
Volunteer Opportunity