VQ 2021

UNCLE OR AUNTY – LAND BASED EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING

Macdonald Youth Services (MYS)

Posted Sep 13, 2021 at 09:00 pm Closes Sep 27, 2021 at 09:00 pm

Job Location:
Winnipeg MB
Job Category:
Social Services
Job Type:
Full-Time
How To Apply:
Mail, E-mail or AMIK.ca

POSITION: UNCLE OR AUNTY – LAND BASED EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING

Full-Time/Permanent

MYS is honoured to be situated on Indigenous lands where we work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous families, staff and communities. Our offices and homes are located on Ininew, Anishinaabe, Dene, Oji-Cree and Dakota land and in the homeland of the Metis Nation. Our head office is located on Treaty 1 territory and our homes and sub offices are located throughout Treaty 2 and Treaty 5 territories. We acknowledge the harms that our work, rooted in colonial systems, has caused and we are dedicated to correcting our mistakes by listening, learning from and cooperating with Indigenous communities and families in a spirit of truth, respect, collaboration and reconciliation.

SUMMARY: As a member of the Indigenous Initiatives team the Uncle or Aunty, is available to MYS residents and staff with a focus on Foster Homes and programs. The Uncle or Aunty provides individual and group programs, conducts appropriate in-house ceremony and other cultural activities. Uncle or Aunty integrates Indigenous cultural care, into the life of the organization through regular involvement with Healing Homes, foster homes and MYS programs, works collaboratively, completes and revises Cultural Plans of Care for individuals in MYS and functions within an open minded, strengths based, trauma informed, relational child and youth care approach. The Uncle or Aunty also supports and maintains MYS cultural practices and ceremonies to ensure they are Traditional Knowledge Keeper led, are gender non-binary to promote inclusion, expression and focus on the gifts and strengths each child or youth bring. MYS Indigenous Initiatives practices a policy of open-mindedness and inclusion regarding culture and ceremony for children and youth and their care providers.

This position requires a clear criminal record check, child abuse registry check and vulnerable sector check. This position also requires regular evening, weekend or overnight work and occasional travel.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: of the Uncle or Aunty include, but are not limited to:

  • Works closely and in consultation with the Indigenous Initiatives Family
  • Develops and cares for Healing Home and program bundles, storage and processes for replenishing supplies.
  • Works with children and youth to complete and/or revise Cultural Plans of Care and interacts with young people in a manner designed to help them achieve their goals.
  • Provides opportunities to learn how to scout, track and prepare and harvest animals for feasts and ceremonial use.
  • Participate in meetings as required and promote positive teamwork and exhibit a high degree of positive role modelling for young people
  • Guides the delivery of rites of passage opportunities in consultation with the Indigenous Initiatives Family.
  • Provides detailed reports on cultural activities, record keeping and report writing as required, including monthly summaries of activities and progress in Cultural Plans of Care.
  • Makes necessary arrangements for the gathering of medicines or other out of Winnipeg excursions needed for the organization or in fulfillment of a Cultural Plan of Care that connects resident to their home community.
  • Educates staff and residents in protocols of ceremonies and traditions as well as the use of significant objects, medicines and bundle items, while following MYS policy for open mindedness and inclusion.
  • Develops welcoming and discharge protocols for young people in MYS care.
  • Develops and implements Rites of Passage programming for MYS youth and families.
  • Conducts seasonal and other ceremonies, coordinates the work required in preparation of ceremonies at MYS.
  • Participate in the assignment of any other job-related tasks as requested by their Supervisor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings;

Bravery/ Courage – Bear

• Continuously seeks opportunities by taking initiative and championing new ideas that benefit nieces or nephews.

• Consistently persists in the face of obstacles, takes action to reach high personal goals and standards.

• Monitors the progress of work to meet deadlines even under stress and pressure through planning and prioritizing.

• Initiates creative planning and advocates for change

 

Respect – Buffalo

• Builds relationships with agency nieces and nephews, focusing on their needs, responding quickly and understanding roles and responsibilities of a nurturing surrogate family

• Acknowledges and advocates other teachings and/or spiritual practices and beliefs and incorporates them into programming when necessary

 

Honesty – Saabe

• Demonstrates effective communication by sharing information, asking questions and active listening

• Performs with good intentions, takes responsibility and follows through on commitments.

• Role models positive practices and ethics with an ability to represent the organization in a positive manner

 

Love – Eagle

• Shows an understanding of love in the form of appropriate and effective self-care strategies

• Recognizes the gifts that all people bring and allows people to share those gifts, even if different from our own understanding.

 

Wisdom – Beaver

• Demonstrates a good understanding of the child and family services system in Manitoba, particularly in the context of Indigenous communities and the impacts of inter-generational and historical trauma.

• Knowledge, awareness and respect of Indigenous cultures, languages, traditions, and practices.

 

Humility – Wolf

• Creates or supports an environment of collaboration while still contributing and sharing credit freely with the team.

• Is able to adapt to changing circumstances or conditions with flexibility and compassion

• Able to reflect or seek guidance to ensure that support given is representative of the organization’s mission and values

• Seeks direction and guidance from team leads, managers or direct supervisor when considering bringing outside Elders or Spiritual Caregivers into programs and/or ceremonial events

 

Truth – Turtle

• Gathers relevant information, recognizing patterns and themes in the data, generates and considers multiple alternatives and makes decisions in a timely manner.

• Analytical and critical thinker; particularly in regard to engaging and planning with Cultural Plans of Care

• Role models the practice and belief of connection and inter-connection; we are all related

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

To successfully perform this job, the individual must be able to perform each key responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

 

Essential

• Must have demonstrated understanding of Indigenous culture and traditions.

• A satisfactory combination of experience and education focusing on children and youth in care

• Have read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action

• At least two years’ experience working families and children and youth at risk of being in care, in care or aging out of care

• Demonstrated cultural and ceremonial knowledge competence with ability to participate in agency training for development

• Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous peoples within a child welfare environment.

• Ability to handle confidentiality and sensitive situations with caregivers in a multi-disciplinary team environment

• Must be able to demonstrate strong teamwork and communication skills.

• Experience providing supportive counseling and/or delivering human service programs is critical.

• Ability to present a satisfactory child and adult abuse registry check, satisfactory Criminal Record Check (vulnerable sector search) and a satisfactory Driver’s abstract and Driver’s license.

• Hold valid First Aid CPR Certificate

• Ability to attend work regularly as scheduled and flexibility to attend evening or weekend programs or ceremonies and overnight travel on occasion

Preferred

• Ability to recognize and honour the importance of all world views and beliefs and include a diverse range of spiritual and religious practices by Indigenous peoples

• Ceremonies and activities, construct bundle items and rites of passage items for program use

• Knowledge of wilderness survival skills and ability to teach and mentor others

• Empathetic communication and engagement skills, and knowledge of Indigenous child and youth development

• Certification in Daily Life Events and Therapeutic Crises Solutions training is a definite asset.

• A safe and reliable vehicle with proof of appropriate insurance (at least $2 Million, third party liability)

 

SALARY RANGE: Depending on qualifications, per annum. MYS offers a competitive benefit package and pension plan.

HOURS OF WORK: Must be available to work a variety of shifts including, days, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Please forward a cover letter and resume (in word or PDF format) by September 27, 2021.

MYS is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website www.mys.ca/careers.

 

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