Starting Wage: $59,000 – $67,000 (commensurate with education & experience)
Type: Permanent Full-Time
Details: Standard of 37.5 working hours per week
Location: Cowessess First Nation, SK & Regina, SK
Who is Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge?
Through the organization Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge (CRBCL), Cowessess First Nation is the first Indigenous community in Canada to assert its jurisdiction over child welfare and family services under Bill-C92. CRBCL is currently developing its operations, in accordance with the Miyo Pimatisowin Act, which provides support for its children and families in a way that is rooted in traditional Indigenous values and cultural practices. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of building this entire new system where healing and prevention are the preferred methods for keeping children and their families safe and growing together.
If you have experience within the human services field and a passion for advocating for children, this could be the opportunity for you! CRBCL is looking to expand our team by bringing on more Family Safety Liaisons to advocate for the families of Cowessess First Nation. This role works directly with families as well as a variety of representatives to assess family safety, identify needs, and assist families in accessing necessary supports to strengthen their foundation and remain together as often as possible. Some job duties include, but are not limited to:
- Work with Cowessess families regarding their involvement with child protection services, liaise with courts, social workers across Canada, attend family case conferences, attend circles for families experiencing child safety related matters.
- Participate in cultural planning for Cowessess children in care, make referrals to support planning.
- Offer case direction during transfers of children’s files to Cowessess.
- Create records and tracking for open files across Canada that will be transferred to Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge.
- Support and give direction to Cowessess citizens on how to understand the Miyo Pimatisowin Act and their rights within it.
The ideal candidates are compassionate, reliable, goal-oriented, empathetic, passionate about advocacy and can think clearly in high pressure situations. The Family Safety Liaison may work from a central office and will be expected to travel to meet clients, which may include some travel across Canada.
Education and Experience
- University degree in social sciences or related human services field
- 2 years of experience working in the Human Services field or 3+ years of relevant training.
- Knowledge of Bill C-92 and the Miyo Pimatisowin Act.
- Computer literate with working knowledge of Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook) required.
- Willing and able to travel with a valid Class 5 Drivers License and reliable vehicle.
- Willing to work overtime, including evenings and weekends as necessary.
Essential Skills & Abilities
- Able to read, interpret and speak on formal legislation
- An effective communicator, both verbal and written
- Kindness and the ability to bring people together for the best interests of children is the most important asset.
- Highly skilled in time management with excellent organization skills to effectively manage competing deadlines and communicate with key contacts in a timely manner.
- Ability to provide emotional, physical, and psychological support for families.
- Ability to facilitate meetings/circles and lead conversations guiding families in goal setting and establishing milestones.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and create trusting relationships with children, parents, and co-workers.
- Able to analyze and assess information quickly and effectively.
- Able to work closely with both adults and children in a respectful and effective manner.
- Knowledgeable in the culture and spirituality of Indigenous people relating to family practices and community, and aware of the importance of observing these elements in professional approach.
- Patient, compassionate, and emotionally intelligent with the ability to identify and examine social cues.
- Strong sense of self-awareness to cope with high stress levels as well as unpredictable and/or difficult situations.
To protect the health and safety of our people, clients and communities, we require all employees to be COVID-19 fully vaccinated. Individuals that cannot be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine due to medical reasons or another protected ground under Human Rights legislation may request an accommodation. Additionally, the incumbent must provide a successful criminal background check with vulnerable sector search as well as be willing and able to commute to the Sacred Wolf Lodge on a regular basis, which is located on Cowessess First Nation, SK.
We are a new organization leading positive change within Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole. Our employees have the opportunity to be a part of Canadian history as we work to redefine governance for First Nations. Some key benefits Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge offers staff are:
★ Competitive salary packages
★ Extended health & dental benefits
★ Employee & Family Assistance Program
★ Paid Time Off
★ Flexible work hours
★ Team-oriented work culture
★ Training workshops focused on Indigenous practices and traditions
★ Opportunity for occasional remote work
★ Professional development opportunities
★ Employer matched pension contributions
★ Earned Scheduled Days Off
How to Apply
Visit our website at: https://redbearlodge.ca/careers/
Or email your application to: email@example.com
We appreciate all those who apply; however, preference will be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous and provide confirmation upon request. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.