Indigenous Cultural & Spiritual Educator

Nikihk Indigenous Housing First is an intense home visitation and follow-up program designed to assist those experiencing chronic homelessness. We provide in-home follow-up support, with cultural and spiritual support and education. The Indigenous Cultural & Spiritual Educator supports families in areas of spiritual guidance, traditional healing and emotional support within the Indigenous culture.

Responsibilities

  • The Indigenous Cultural & Spiritual Educator shall assist clients towards opportunities to further develop an understanding of traditional Aboriginal spirituality while exposing them to traditional ceremonies and belief systems.
  • Conduct spiritual services and various traditional ceremonies either in-groups or individually such as smudging using sacred medicines, (e.g., sweetgrass, tobacco, sage, cedar), fasts, family spiritual services, sweat lodges, healing circles, longhouse ceremonies.
  • Conduct workshops for clients and community agencies/partners regarding traditional and cultural beliefs using visual aids and other media.
  • Provide teachings to the client and or community regarding the areas of Aboriginal spirituality and culture that will enhance the understanding of traditional beliefs and values.
  • Arranging and preparing for various tribal group Aboriginal Elders to attend the workshops or group discussion as needed.
  • Providing counseling to clients in emergency situations such as a death in the family or other crisis situations.
  • Liaising with both Team Leader and programs staff to assist with client case management strategies, client progress and graduation planning.
  • On a monthly basis, ensure all information is being documented in the ETO database, attend team meetings and attend supervision.
  • Attend appointments, meetings with clients for the purpose of providing support, mediation, or interpretation/clarification.
  • All staff are to be cross trained in Nikihk Housing 1st positions for the purpose of cover off as needed and requested by the Team Leader.
  • Other services as requested by the Project Team Leader.

Qualification Requirements

  • A. Native Studies Degree or equivalent; or 3 – 5 years minimum of relevant experience.
  • Must have the ability to empathize with those experiencing significant barriers in their lives.
  • A significant understanding of the issues of poverty is essential.
  • Must have an understanding of the impact the loss of culture identity and intergeneration residential school syndrome has had on Aboriginal people.
  • Must have own vehicle and be willing to transport clients.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and willing to obtain a drivers abstract.
  • Must have 2-million-dollar liability insurance coverage.
  • Must provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector and Intervention Record Check (within a 6-month period from date of completion).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary plus monthly auto allowance.
  • Paid sick and wellness days after 3 months’ probation (pro-rated)
  • Extended Health Benefit (50/50 cost sharing) after 6 months’ employment.
  • Working approximately 34.5 hours per week

How to Apply

You can send your cover letter and resume via hr@bentarrow.ca