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Historian

REDI Enterprises Society is committed to offering students the opportunity to gain valuable and meaningful work experience that will contribute to the future employability of the student. Prospects for advancement exist within the organization as we offer outstanding opportunities for professional development and future employment in an accredited agency.

The Historian (Summer Student) position is a temporary, eight-week position with full time hours (35 hours/week).

This position is funded through Canada Summer Job grant program, and eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a registered full-time student during the 2020/2021 academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the 2021/2022 academic year.
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*;
  • Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Conflict of Interest: 

No preference will be given to students who are immediate family members of an employer, director, or senior officer of the employer.

No member of the Senate or the House of Commons or member of their immediate family shall be admitted to any share or part of the Agreement or to any benefit arising from it that is not otherwise available to the public.


Summary:

This position would be responsible for researching and writing the history of the transition of persons with disabilities in Alberta from institutions to community-based living. The job would involve conducting both primary research (e.g., agency records), secondary research (e.g., newspapers, scholarly articles, etc.) and most importantly oral history interviews with the staff, clients and others impacted.  Based upon this research, the position would write a history that tells the story of these people to illustrate this important chapter in the social history of Alberta and the recognition of the rights for people with disabilities.


The final deliverable could be presented in a variety of formats, including a written article or electronic presentation (e.g., video, webpage, etc.) which would capture the stories that are now in danger of being lost as those who were involved age.


Background: Prior to the 1980’s families with children with disabilities in Alberta often made the difficult decision to give up guardianship of their sons and daughters who were then institutionalized at the Michener Centre located in Red Deer, Alberta which was home to hundreds of people with disabilities. The Michener Centre was built in 1923 as a training school for "mental defectives," a part of the Alberta government's eugenics program, in which 2,844 people were sterilized. Residents of Michener lived in dehumanizing circumstances in large dormitories; not allowed to have personal possessions and segregated from mainstream society.  In the early 1990’s REDI Enterprises Society partnered with other community groups to develop community-based living arrangements for persons with disabilities. Initially only five people could be accommodated in the new program.  A group of REDI employees were tasked with working with government officials to make the decision on which of these people would be “selected” to be part of the new “alternative housing” project in Medicine Hat.  The stories of how these five persons with disabilities came to be institutionalized; the stories of the staff who had to make the heart-wrenching decisions, and the ultimate successes need to be captured and preserved.


Desirable knowledge or competencies:

University level education in History

Passion for preserving history

Excellent attention to detail

The desire for learning and development

Ability to work within a team setting

An understanding in the importance of policies and procedures

Proficient computer and database skills

Excellent organization and time management skills

Clean and current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check


Documentation requirements:

Current and clean Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check

Proof of full-time student status for the current and upcoming academic year


We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you are interested in this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter quoting, “Historian (Summer Student)” to hradmin@redi.ca by the application deadline, May 14th, 2021 at 4 p.m.


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