LOCATION: 241 Albert St. West – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

POSITION STATUS: Part-Time, Temporary


POSTING DATE: October 6, 2021

CLOSING DATE: October 22, 2021


At The Indian Friendship Centre, we are passionate about the cause and the people we serve in our community through various programs and services offered.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE/CYW) is one of the key forces behind both, and we are currently seeking someone exceptional to vibrantly transform the world of early childhood education through a culturally holistic approach. The ideal person for the job will have tremendous communication and interpersonal skills, accompanied by extensive decision-making capabilities to enhance the cognitive, physical, social and emotional developmental impact through the children in the program.

The support of the ECE will aid in using a variety of teaching and learning techniques to generate age-appropriate resources that align with the current Early Childhood legislation and regulations, while culturally helping children grow to be well-rounded, well-regulated, urban indigenous children, between the ages of 0-6.


  • Meaningful and rewarding work provided in the development and mutual understanding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through common activities
  • A workplace that values equity, inclusion, anti-racism, self-expression and the development of Indigenous leadership
  • A focus on teamwork, passion, and commitment through Indigenous needs, as well as the planning of services with Indigenous people in both public and private agencies


The purpose of the Urban Indigenous EarlyOn Centre (UIEOC) program is to engage with all Indigenous families, parents and/or caregivers to promote and implement culturally based teachings supported through various programs including, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. This will be supported by Elders, Knowledge Keepers, other program participants, workshops and various forms of mediums, all while providing a safe place for children and families, regardless of culture, status, gender, or sexual identity.


  • Provide developmentally appropriate curriculum for children that is congruent with the department philosophy and meets the requirements of the governing legislation
  • Provide behavior guidance and ongoing supervision in individual and group activities
  • Lead and plan internal and external activities through reading, story-telling, songs, and games
  • Provide opportunities to express creativity through the media of art (beading and leatherwork), music and physical activity
  • Guide and assist parents and/or caregivers in the development of proper child nutrition and attire
  • Observe children for signs of potential learning, behavioral problems or developmental milestones and prepare reports for parents, and/or caregivers
  • Plan and maintain an environment that protects the health, safety, security and well-being of children
  • Assess the abilities, interests and needs of children and discuss progress or problems with parents and other support staff
  • Establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with families in open communication through daily interactions, formal parent/caregiver communications and sessions
  • Assume responsibility for preparing and monitoring the program budget for spending
  • Assist in light housekeeping


  • Completion of university degree or college diploma in Early Childhood Education, or Child and Youth Care
  • Minimum 1-year of previous experience working in child-care
  • Continued education in Indigenous studies is an asset
  • Or the equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Experience in working with youth, families and external agencies within the community at large
  • Ability to exercise patience when interacting with children and encourage individuality and independence
  • High-level experience planning and organizing interest-based learning experiences
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated abilities using Microsoft Office and database experience
  • Understanding of social media platforms for use of virtual programming
  • Knowledge of Ojibway/Anishinaabe culture, language and traditions preferred
  • Must work independently, but also effectively as a team member
  • Maintain sensitivity towards cultural, religious, economic and social beliefs, values and opinions
  • Create a caring, welcoming and approachable environment for children to explore and grow
  • Preparation of light meals, snacks and arrangement of rooms or spaces
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend and assist inside an outside for long periods of time


  • Proof of valid Covid-19 Vaccination (Dose 1 & Dose 2)
  • Current and valid Vulnerable Sector Check, as per the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Must provide a clear Driver’s Abstract
  • Must have or is willing to obtain First Aid/CPR Training Certification
  • Ability to work flexible hours (occasional evenings and weekends, may be required)

The Indian Friendship Centre (IFCSSM) is dedicated to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve. IFCSSM encourages applicants from all qualified individuals. Applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.