Elder/Traditional Knowledge Teacher Closing Date: May 24, 2019 @ 12 Noon
POSITION: Elder/Traditional Knowledge Teacher
SHIFT: SALARY: $60,000
Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) located in Toronto, is a diverse, multi-service organization. Through a culture-based approach that addresses the holistic needs of its clients, Na-Me-Res’ mission is to provide temporary, transitional and permanent housing to Indigenous men experiencing homelessness in Toronto, while providing outreach and support services to the broader Indigenous homeless population.
MAIN FUNCTION: As a member of the agency wide Na-Me-Res team, the Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper will work in partnership with members of the client care team to provide support and ensure the delivery of the client’s personal care plan which will address their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs to assist them to effectively transition from homelessness to stable and secure long-term housing.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Deliver programs for men that focus on traditional roles and responsibilities, positive self-identification; family healing and the creation of a safe spaces for men to create healthy relationships with their families.
- Providing mobile traditional services in partnership with the Na-Me-Res Outreach staff.
- Work closely and coordinate cultural actives with Na-Me-Res Oshkabaywis.
- Provide weekly circles and teachings to Na-Me-Res residents.
- Assess the cultural, ceremonial, spiritual needs of clients agency wide.
- Establish a culturally responsive environment for Indigenous clients by providing ceremonies and teachings in groups or individually as needed.
- Provide guidance and direction to Na-Me-Res staff on ceremony and program needs (i.e. gathering medicines for ceremony, promoting participation in Indigenous initiatives, arranging clients and program space).
- Assist and support Indigenous clients in sharing and participating in circles, programs, ceremonies, and other cultural activities.
- Provide counseling to clients in emergency and crisis situations.
- Provide advice and guidance, as needed, on how to incorporate various Indigenous values and cultural practices into the correctional environment. (i.e. strategies, policies and/or procedures)
- Collaborate with appropriate community service partners as part of an inter-disciplinary case-management team to meet the goals of the personal case plans.
- Maintain an accurate record of all encounters with clients.
- Maintain client privacy and confidentiality.
- Other duties as identified by the Management team.
- An acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience as an Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper
- Experience in applying traditional, cultural and spiritual teachings and values to work experiences.
- Knowledge of First Nations, Métis or Inuit culture and spirituality.
- Knowledge of community resources pertinent to Indigenous peoples.
- Provide information and guidance regarding traditional values and spirituality to a diverse core population
- Successful candidate to provide a Police Vulnerable Sector check as a condition of employment
- An understanding of the circumstances & issues affecting the client group
- Ability to organize and coordinate Indigenous culture, traditional/spiritual ceremonies, social activities and programs.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
The following skills are an asset:
- Valid Ontario’s driver’s license and a clear driving record
- First Aid/CPR certified
- Ability to converse in an Indigenous language
Na-Me-Res encourages Indigenous applicants (First Nation, Métis, Inuit and those who self- identify). We thank all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are invited to an interview and require accommodation, we will make every effort to accommodate you.
CLOSING DATE: May 24, 2019 @ 12 Noon
A cover letter and resume can be submitted to:
26 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2C4
Fax #: (416) 652-3138 / Email: email@example.com
(Hand delivered applications will not be accepted/no phone calls please)