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Cree Language Facilitator (Term position)

Job Title

Cree Language Facilitator (9-month to 1-year term position)

Reports To

Manager, New Beginnings Programming

Saulteau First Nations Mission

We strive to be the Best Governed Nation, one that is proud, culturally strong, and self-sufficient.  As stewards of the land, we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future.  We remain proudly determined. 

Job Purpose

The Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language facilitator acts as the guide for the development of Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning opportunities for the Community and Staff.  The Language Facilitator will research, seek out, and host Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Language Programs that would best serve the first and primarily second language needs of the Saulteau First Nation reserve, rural community both on and off reserve.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Delivery and Administration

  • Act as the guide for the development of Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning opportunities for the community and staff.
  • Assist in the dissemination of communication materials to the community and staff.
  • Seek out and obtain funding as it pertains to promoting and hosting programs and services related to language learning.
  • Arrange for (Cree) language instructors skilled to teach the language to attend events or host programs in the Nation.
  • Organize Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language activities with the community and staff (virtual or in person, as required).
  • Identify opportunities to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative partnerships about Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze data as a means of addressing service gaps and capacity needs for Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning.
  • Participate in ongoing Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language training and learning of the language via online training to increase the Facilitator’s own capacity to speak Nêhiyawêwin (Cree). 
  • Establish and maintain a broad range of ongoing collaborative working relationships with partners, stakeholders, staff, contractors, and advisory groups, to enhance Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning opportunities, if need be.
  • Review and report on Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language learning progress, including required follow-up actions.
  • Participate in assessment to evaluate progress towards meeting project goals and key deliverables.
  • Participates in horizontal initiatives in collaboration with other SFN staff and departments including but not limited to coordinating activities and information to support individuals and teams, in order to carry out Nêhiyawêwin (Cree)  language learning opportunities.
  • May be used as an internal educational resource if requested by the Primary Education staff to teach Cree words to the class.
  • Builds and maintains effective and respectful working relationships with all staff of the Saulteau First Nations (SFN) and SFN Community members.

Other Related Duties

  • Participate in SFN-sponsored community events.
  • Actively participate in coaching and staff meetings.

Qualifications and Skills

  • This position requires a dedicated individual with community-based experience, as well as the interpersonal communication skills necessary to build and maintain positive collaborative relationships. It is ideal that this individual can speak a small number of Cree and has a desire to learn fluent Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language.
  • Relevant and recent experience in program development supporting projects and small teams.
  • Experience in research for Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) language resources
  • Experience with education, public health, and the social sector is an asset.
  • Experience in maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships within First Nations communities.
  • Ability to solve problems, make effective decisions, resolve conflicts, and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and the ability to pass a Criminal Records Check.

Work Conditions

  • Travel within the SFN community and surrounding community.
  • This work can be done during the day, however, some evening and weekend work will be necessary.
  • All overtime must be pre-approved by manager.

Additional Info

  • Application Cut Off Date: Tuesday, 07 February 2023
  • Position Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
  • Position End Date: Friday, 17 November 2023
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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