Shkabewis / Cultural Support Worker

Job Opportunity by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Job type: Full Time


JOB DESCRIPTION

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is an Aboriginal, community controlled multi-service agency. Our mission is to provide support, ensure safety and enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal families, children, and youth within the greater Toronto area. Our agency works within a holistic framework, which builds on individual and family strengths, and engages clients as partners in identifying issues and their solutions.

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Position Summary Under the direction of the Supervisor, Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, the Shkabewis/ Cultural Support Staff is responsible for assisting with the development, coordination and facilitation of Aboriginal programs and services in a manner that promotes awareness, understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal cultures and teachings.

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NCFST is committed to staffing a workforce representative of the Aboriginal population we serve. We encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit applicants to apply and to please self-identify in their cover letter.

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Main Responsibilities The Shkabewis/Cultural Support Worker is responsible for:
  • Providing fair, respectful and culturally relevant services to Aboriginal children and families, consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.
  • Assisting the program staff and supervisory team with respect to integrating Aboriginal knowledge and material into programming.
  • Working with Elders/ Knowledge Keepers and facilitators to support cultural programs and protocols.
  • Developing and facilitating cultural programming that takes into consideration the interests, age and abilities of participants.
  • Helping to organize and motivate children and youth to participate in programs and ensure that all participants have equal opportunities.
  • Ensuring that programs include “on the land” experience.
  • Working with children and youth to help them learn about their cultural identity.
  • Supporting cultural events and activities.
  • Assisting with the NCFST cultural summer camp programming.
  • Conducting oneself in a manner that this consistent with the concept of “Aboriginal role model”.
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Aboriginal Child and Family Centre.
What we are looking for
  • Post-secondary education in the Human Services or Community Development field and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Alternatively, an equivalent combination of education and experience working with Aboriginal peoples in a social services setting will be considered.
  • Aboriginal ancestry is an asset.
  • Experience working with children, families and youth.
  • Valid Infant/Child CPR certificate.
  • A willingness to obtain and pass a Vulnerable Sector Police Record check.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture in an urban setting, including ceremonies and protocol.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team when appropriate.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of cultural safety practices.
  • Flexibility with respect to working program hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others from a strength-based and culturally-based approach.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information related to children, parents and staff.

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Hours: 35 hrs/week. Salary Range: $35, 428 – $53, 680 (Annual)

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Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is an Aboriginal, community controlled multiservice agency. Our mission is to provide support, ensure safety and enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal families, children, and youth within the greater Toronto area. Our agency works within a holistic framework, which builds on individual and family strengths, and engages clients as partners in identifying issues and their solutions.

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We are committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, NCFST will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.