Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker

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Please Note: This role requires the successful candidate to be knowledgeable and experienced in Indigenous culture, teachings, traditions and ceremonies that can be shared within the community and future generations.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
At Indian Friendship Center we are passionate about the cause and the people we serve in our community through various programs and services offered.
The Aboriginal healing and wellness worker is one of the main forces behind both. We are currently seeking a culturally sensitive, empathetic and engaging individual who is knowledgeable about the healing and wellness needs of Indigenous individuals, families and community, to reduce domestic violence and promote healthy lifestyles, through culture-based programs. The primary goal of the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker is to provide compassionate care for the well-being of others by facilitating access to traditional teachings, ceremonies and knowledge and wellness tools for their clients. Access to culturally appropriate treatment and prevention through holistic medicines, healing circles, and access to Elders are some of the many traditional therapies commonly practiced and shared in this role.

WHY INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTER?
• Meaningful and rewarding work done in the development and mutual understanding of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples through joint activities
• A workplace that values ​​equity, inclusion, anti-racism, self-expression and Indigenous leadership development
• A focus on teamwork, passion and engagement across Indigenous needs, as well as service planning with Indigenous peoples in public and private organizations

PROGRAM SUMMARY:
The goal of the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Worker program is to empower Indigenous people by helping to identify action plans to address concerns aimed at improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of Indigenous peoples and communities. This is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles through customer support, community events, workshops, public education and networking opportunities. The program is a resource for clients to achieve their wellness goals; provide confidential peer support; complete admission references for treatment; develop prevention programs; defend customer service.
Indigenous individuals who possess the qualifications, skills, professional abilities, previous work experience and the ability and willingness to meet the defined needs, objectives and policies of the IFCSSM will be given priority.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Communicate with customers and respond to customer-related requests (such as registering for services, discussing service options, requesting information and providing rapid response advice, etc.)
• Assist in the planning, coordination and outreach of workshops, events and activities that promote healthy families and cultural awareness of Indigenous people
• Help provide culturally appropriate activities, including hosting speakers and workshops focusing on family wellness, traditional ceremony, fitness/recreation and healthy lifestyles
• Educate clients/and/or families in terms of available support services 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 clients to ensure clients receive the appropriate care and treatment in the services they need, while maintaining confidentiality at all times
• Oversee the client’s case from start to finish, including coordinating appropriate support, managing case-related information, resolving client concerns, and facilitating relationships between appropriate service providers/partners
• Engage in outreach activities to raise awareness of available programs and activities
• Develop messages to promote the participation of targeted age groups in planned activities, functions and programs on a regular and ongoing basis
• Attend appropriate workshops, seminars and training sessions as required

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
• University or college diploma in a field related to social and/or health and well-being
• Continuing education in Indigenous studies is an asset
• Certification in crisis intervention or counseling training preferred
• Minimum of two years of work experience in a similar or related position
• Or the equivalent combination of education and experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• Demonstrated ability to deliver presentations and workshops
• Proven ability to remain sensitive to 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 and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, set measurable goals and outcomes, and achieve goals 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 member of a team

TERMS:
• Proof of valid Covid-19 vaccination (dose 1 and dose 2)
• Current and valid vulnerable sector check in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle
• Must provide a clear driver’s summary
• Must have or be willing to obtain first aid/CPR training certification
• Ability/willingness to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, for client-focused programs and services
The Indian Friendship Center (IFCSSM) is dedicated to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve. The IFCSSM encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applicants who may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.

LOCATION: 122 East Street – Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
POSITION STATUS: Full Time, Permanent
CURRENT HOURS OF WORK: 40 hours/week

CANDIDATES CAN SEND A COVER LETTER, CV AND 3 JOB REFERENCES TO: HRC@SSMIFC.CA

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