The Oeliangitasoltigo Mental Wellness Team (MWT) Project aims to expand mental wellness outreach and healing services and strengthen crisis systems using culturally safe approaches in Elsipogtog, Indian Island, Fort Folly, and Bouctouche First Nations, NB. This a full-time contract position administered under the Elsipogtog Health and Wellness Centre. Regular travel will be required to each of the 4 First Nations under the MWT.
Under the general supervision of the Project Manager, the Cultural Support Worker will play a critical role in providing social and cultural support and practices in meaningful, ethical, culturally appropriate, and safe ways to the four communities.
- Promote and support traditional Mi’kmaq cultural teachings and practice for the four communities in the Oeliangitasoltigo MWT;
- Be the first point of contact for the communities and clients (including clients with complex trauma histories and complex needs) who are seeking cultural supports;
- Meet regularly with the Community Mental Wellness Teams and/or Mental Wellness Leads in the 4 communities;
- Engage in collaborative community partnerships to promote traditional healing, cultural teachings and practices;
- Assist in creating and maintaining an environment of safety and wellness in Mental Wellness and cultural programming areas;
- Arrange supported referrals to mental wellness professionals when necessary or to other cultural support services;
- Coordinate access to knowledge keepers and Elders for the MWT and access these as resources for the communities and for clients;
- Develop and provide support in cultural programming for the communities and others such as openings, smudging, workshops on culture and teachings as well as other spiritual and cultural practices in collaboration with communities;
- Maintain an appropriate record and information system required for reporting purposes. Prepare reports when needed while ensuring confidentiality is respected;
- Other duties may arise as this role develops further.
- Extensive traditional knowledge and practice as well as respect for other spiritualities;
- Recognized and respected within the indigenous communities for providing traditional leadership, spiritual and cultural support and care to children, youth and families in community;
- Knowledge and experience in establishing traditional and non-traditional networks of supports, community resources and services;
- Demonstrates practical knowledge of intergenerational trauma, stress, and factors leading to these challenges in indigenous communities;
- Ability to work independently and ensure confidentiality;
- Must have a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license;
- Ability to speak the Mi’kmaq language is an asset;
- Criminal and a vulnerable record check will be required.
Please provide a cover letter and resume. Candidates of Mi’kmaq ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply; please self-identify in your cover letter.
Barb Martin, Project Manager, Oeliangitasoltigo Mental Wellness Team
Application Deadline: April 16, 2021
We thank everyone for applying, but only successful candidates will be contacted.
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