Kahkiyaw – Circle Keeper

Kahkiyaw Ayisiyinowak ka Wahkotot – “All people, especially traditional peoples, are related” – Kahkiyaw is a new and ground-breaking Aboriginal-led and community-based program created to significantly improve the lives of Aboriginal children, youth, and families in the Edmonton and Area Children and Family Services Authority (CFSA).

Kahkiyaw is being delivered in partnership by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and Boyle Street Community Services, two community organizations with a long and successful history of serving Aboriginal people in Edmonton. Working closely with CFSA Central Neighbourhood Centre, and using the Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD) model, the program will provide a continuum of services to improve the outcomes for Aboriginal children and families in our city.

This position is the facilitator, or peacemaker, on the team who leads Family Circle and assists the Family Wellness Worker in crisis situations to help foster peace among children, youth and families and/or among the team.  Circle Keepers work alongside our Family Wellness Workers to support children and families in various capacities.

Job Description

  • Culturally connected and trained in facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution.
  • Facilitating family group conferencing, sharing, and healing circles when needed by the family.
  • Healing circles allows the family an opportunity to feel empowered and confident to make their own decisions in support of their children.
  • Establishing strong relationships with families and children.
  • Linking families to community resources.
  • Mentoring and role modeling families, youth, children and service providers.
  • Strong formation and communication with family and finding family and extended supports when forming circles.
  • Circle keepers must also have knowledge in Aboriginal culture and traditions.
  • Reporting and documentation for circles and keeping communication with all service team members (Family Wellness Workers, families, and Child & Family Services partners)

Education and Credentials

  • 3 – 5 years of work experience in the human services field is required.
  • Degree or diploma is an asset.
  • Having your own vehicle for transportation is a must. Circle Keepers will be on call every 4 ‑ 6 weeks on a rotation list.  Financial compensation is granted.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal families is an asset.
  • Family group conference certification or any group facilitation certification is an asset.
  • Second language is an asset (Cree).
  • Current (within 6 months) Criminal Record check and Child & Family Intervention check, and Driver’s Abstract (without outstanding issues) is required prior to starting employment.

Salary and Benefits

  • Monthly salary based on working 34.50 hours per week
  • Monthly auto allowance
  • Paid sick and wellness days after 3 months’ probation
  • Extended Health Benefit (50/50 cost sharing) after 6 months’ employment

Start Date

  • This position is to start immediately.

How to Apply

Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be selected for interviews.