Updated: Aug 23
The Indigenous Mentor is to provide support and services for gender and sexuality diverse (2SLGBTQQIA+) urban Indigenous people of all age groups, to enhance existing services from a culture-based framework, and to support a trauma-informed approach to community building and inclusion.
Regular full-time hours. Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, 35 hours per week, some flexibility to meet program needs.
This position is a regular full-time employment opportunity and is eligible for group retirement, extended benefits, and paid time off.
Duties and Responsibilities include but is not limited to:
· Develop a strengths-based action plan to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous 2SLGBTQAI+ people that is informed by their needs;
Supports Two-Spirit and Indigenous 2SLGBTQQAI+ people by providing one-to-one and participant-based services;
Promotes awareness and ensure access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts and promotional activities;
Facilitate land-based activities
Support clients in the administrative processes for applications related to the name change, sex designation, and gender affirming surgeries
· Coordinate relevant project activities that provide ongoing Friendship Centre and community-based supports for Two-Spirit and Indigenous 2SLGBTQQAI+ people;
Integrate Indigenous cultural approaches to the planning and delivery of the program;
· Build strategic relationships with local organizations and schools to foster alignment between them and the Friendship Centre in supporting Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ people;
· Review existing tools and wise practices used to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous 2SLGBTQQAI+ people and integrate these into daily activities;
· Promote healthy lifestyles as guided by traditional teachings through integration with other Friendship Centre programs
· Regularly provide reporting updates and maintain client files in alignment with DNFC policy;
Review project supportive materials provided by the OFIFC Research team;
Annual attendance of knowledge-sharing gatherings – to identify and share wise practices across the province;
· Other responsibilities, as required;
· Degree or Diploma in Social Work, Indigenous Studies, Psychology, or related program. Equivalent experience may be considered.
· Lived experience as Two-Spirit and/or LGTBQQIA+ identified Indigenous person is an asset, applicants are encouraged to self-identify with their application;
· Proficiency in applicable software programs (e.g.: Microsoft Suites)
· Satisfactory vulnerable sector check will be a requirement of the job;
· Thorough understanding of the issues and challenges of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community
· Lived/work experience and/or education in working with young people in a supportive or mentoring role is an asset;
· Community experience that can include organizing events, holding traditional roles, and volunteering;
· Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with emphasis on the impacts of trauma, Indigenous youth engagement and community outreach;
· Interest and/or experience in storytelling, arts-based activities such as crafting, visual art, theatre, singing, dancing, etc. and experience in planning activities and documenting events and activities in a variety of formats;
· Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work independently and within a team;
· Excellent organizational skills and excellent networking and facilitation skills;
Work Conditions & Remuneration
Working in a shared office environment
$44,000-$47,000 annual remuneration