AWN Cultural Navigator (full-time, grant-funded)
Date posted: February 10, 2021
Closing date: February 21, 2021
The Aseniwuche Winewak (AWN) are a Cree speaking people who have lived in the Rocky Mountains since time immemorial and continue to live a distinct traditional way of life. They have a collective legally recognized land base held by six Co-ops and Enterprises and are currently in rights recognition negotiations with the Federal Government.
The AWN Cultural Navigator serves as a resource and guide for AWN children, youth and families interacting with Children’s Services (CS) and CS staff interacting with these families. The Cultural Navigator works to increase mutual respect and understanding, promote cultural safety and supports strength-based solutions which take into account AWN’s unique culture, history, communities and territory. Reporting to AWN’s Executive Director, the Cultural Navigator’s responsibilities include:
• Supporting new cases and families facing major crises or transitions, such as initial CS involvement, crises or repatriation of children home from care.
• Supporting ongoing cases, where there is an established order or agreement.
• Where children are subject to a Permanent Guardianship Order (PGO) or post PGO order and/or placed outside of the community, facilitating relationship-building, cultural connection plan creation, re-connecting to family members, educating caregivers and supporting travel and connections to and from family and community.
• Maintaining involvement in the planning for children living off or on the Co-ops and Enterprises.
• Assisting and supporting family members in their working relationships with CS.
• Advocating for children and families; acting as a mediator to have their concerns addressed.
• Planning and delivering four cultural reflective retreats annually.
• Performing administrative duties and reporting related to CS cases.
• Knowledge of the local culture, families and communities, including the Co-ops and Enterprises.
• Experience communicating with Elders and family members who speak Cree as a first language. (Ability to understand and speak the Cree Language is an asset.)
• Must possess excellent oral communication skills and be able to communicate in writing.
• Lived or professional knowledge and experience with CS is an asset.
• A Degree or diploma in Social Work or related discipline (Sociology, Psychology, Child and Youth Care) or equivalent is an asset.
• Current Criminal Record Check and Intervention Services Information System (ISIS) Check.
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract. (Travel across Alberta may be required to support AWN children.)
Please apply by: Sunday, February 21, 2021
To: Denise Delisle, Executive Director
PO Box 1808
10020 99 Street
Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0