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Cultural Connections Coordinator

This position is responsible for developing and overseeing programs which provide community members the opportunity to learn about culture, tradition, healing, and alternative forms of medicine which may be passed on from generation to generation.

Job Title

Cultural Connections Coordinator  

 

Reports To

Director of Family and Social Development

 

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

This position is responsible for developing and overseeing programs which provide community members the opportunity to learn about culture, tradition, healing, and alternative forms of medicine which may be passed on from generation to generation. The Cultural Connects Coordinator is primarily responsible for the service delivery of the Saulteau First Nations (SFN) Creating Cultural Connections Program, including direct services to clients, delivery of culturally appropriate health promotion programs and direct services that augment and support these programs.

 

Duties and responsibilities

 

Program Administration

  • Develop and implement programs which evoke learnings of culture, tradition, healing, and alternative forms of medicine used by First Nation’s People
  • Be creative in designing programs and ensure they are age appropriate as well as contain a traditional component
  • Ensure all necessary supplies are on hand for required programming and events while staying within the programming budget
  • Monitors and manages expenditures and budgets for the various programs administered by the Social Development office, and providing monthly reporting and status updates to the Director of Family and Social Development
  • Refers applicants requiring other health, social or training services to appropriate agencies
  • Maintains log of program attendance in relation to program reporting
  • Develop consent forms and have them filled out by program applicants and participants, file the forms accordingly
  • Survey attendees and community members for programs which they would find effective and try to incorporate their feedback whenever possible
  • Working collaboratively with the Director of Family and Social Development to elicit sponsorship and/or prepare grant proposals for future programming
  • Ensure that all program staff are included in the planning and implementation of programs and program calendars
  • Ensure that all program calendars are created and submitted to the communications coordinator by the third week of each month for the following months activities
  • Ensure calendar coincides with other existing SFN Programs and Community events
  • Laise with other Saulteau First Nations departments for collaboration opportunities

 

Programming

  • Provide healthy, culturally based activities, for cultural connections to the SFN Community
  • Provide opportunities for traditional knowledge transfer and skills teaching as it relates to hunting, fishing, and gathering
  • Provide opportunities for traditional knowledge transfer and skills teaching as it relates to speaking the Native Language of Cree
  • Teach Traditional ways of being and skills necessary for survival
  • Work as a member of the Family and Social Development Team align collaborate with the other program coordinators where possible to ensure efficiencies and collaboration
  • Work closely with community members to improve their quality of life creating valuable traditional skills and connections
  • Host, promote and participate in traditional ways healing: Sweat lodge, smudging, drumming, storytelling and sharing though art, music, and dance
  • Organize, participate, and teach traditional ways of survival: hunting, trapping, snaring, Tee Pee and cabin building etc. Ensure no waste of byproducts
  • Be a provider to those unable to harvest
  • Coordinate and support traditional horsemanship skills development, colt starting, horse packing/riding camping trips
  • Incorporate traditional skills into modern day technology grounded with RESPECT

Other Related Duties

  • Participate in SFN sponsored community events
  • To support community and cultural development
  • Always ensure yours and your clients’ safety and all activities are carried out in the safest manner possible

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-year post-secondary degree in Social Work or Human Services, and/or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience working in Social programs
  • Ability to speak Cree and willingness to transfer this knowledge in an educational matter
  • Life Skills training or coaching skills
  • Positive role model, with a calm clear focus on cultural knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge in planning, development and implementation of culturally appropriate programs and community-based service delivery or willingness to learn
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Current Driver’s abstract
  • Ability to work flexible hours when needed
  • Knowledge of traditional ways of harvesting; hunt, fish, gather, garden, etc. and the physical ability to carry out these activities

Work Conditions

  • This role requires a flexible work schedule dependant on programming and client needs
  • Office work is performed primarily during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays; evening and weekend work will be necessary
  • Travel may be required within SFN community and surrounding community
  • Any overtime hours need to be pre-approved by your immediate supervisor
  • Physically fit to perform duties
  • Continuity of this role is funding dependent

Additional Info

  • Position Start Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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