THE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE IN SAULT STE. MARIE

(IFCSSM)

INDIGENOUS HEALING AND WELLNESS WORKER

 LOCATION: 122 East St. – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

POSITION STATUS: Full-Time, Permanent

CURRENT HOURS OF WORK: 40 Hours/Week

POSTING DATE: October 27, 2021

CLOSING DATE: November 12, 2021

JOB DESCRIPTION:

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.

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker is one of the key forces behind both. We are currently seeking a culturally sensitive, empathetic and engaging individual who is familiar with the healing and wellness needs of Indigenous individuals, families, and the community, to reduce domestic violence and promote healthy lifestyles, through culture-based programming. The primary purpose of the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker is to provide compassionate care for the well-being of others by facilitating access to teachings, ceremonies, and traditional knowledge and wellness tools for their clients. Accessing culturally appropriate treatment and prevention through holistic medicines, healing circles, and providing access to Elders are some of the many traditional therapies that are commonly practiced and shared in this role.

WHY THE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE?

  • 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

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

The purpose of the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker program is to assist Indigenous individuals by helping to identify action plans to address concern to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of Indigenous people and communities. This is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles through client support, community events, workshops and public education opportunities and networking. The program is a resource for clients to achieve their wellness goals; provide confidential peer support; complete intake referrals for treatment; develop prevention programs; advocate for client services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Connect with clients and respond to client-related requests (such as registering for services, discussing service options, requesting information, and providing rapid response counselling, etc.)
  • Assist in the planning, coordination and the delivery of awareness for workshops, events and activities that promote healthy families, and cultural awareness for Indigenous individuals
  • Assist in delivering culturally appropriate activities, including arranging for speaker and workshops that focus on family wellness, traditional ceremony, fitness/recreation and healthy lifestyles
  • Educate clients/and or families in terms of support services that are available and assist in developing client action plans to identify and address needs and concerns
  • Act as a liaison between clients, their treatment team and other health agencies
  • Build relationships and trust with the clients to ensure that clients are receiving proper care and treatment in the services they require, while maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Oversee the client’s case from beginning to end, including coordination of appropriate support, information management related to the case, resolving client concerns, and facilitating relationships between the appropriate service providers/partners
  • Engage in outreach activities to create awareness of the programs and activities available
  • Develop messaging to promote the participation of targeted aged groups in the planned activities, functions and programs on a regular and on-going basis
  • Attend appropriate workshops, seminars and training sessions as required

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:

  • University degree or college diploma in a field related to social and/or health a wellness field
  • Continued education in Indigenous studies is an asset
  • Crisis Intervention certification or counselling training preferred
  • Minimum of two years work experience in a similar or related position
  • Or the equivalent combination of education and experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Proficient communication skills, verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate presentations and workshops
  • Proven ability to maintain sensitivity towards cultural, religious, economic and social beliefs, values and opinions
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Knowledge of community resources, support services and the variety of unique program information available
  • Strong organizational/time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, define measurable objectives and outcomes and meet objectives in a timely manner
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, virtual conferencing, and database experience
  • Knowledge of Ojibway/Anishinaabe culture, language and traditions
  • Must work independently, but also effectively as a team member

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends for client-based programs and services

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.

APPLICANTS MAY SEND A COVER LETTER, RESUME & 3 EMPLOYMENT REFERENCES TO: HRC@SSMIFC.CA