Indigenous Cultural Helper
Homeward Trust Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
13d ago

About Homeward Trust Edmonton Position Summary Indigenous populations are vastly overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness in Edmonton.

In recognition that Indigenous culture and ceremony are key elements in recovery from trauma, this position ensures all households participating in Housing First programs have access to Indigenous cultural resources which meets their needs.

Indigenous Cultural Helper (Woman’s Role) is for a self-identified woman working with Indigenous partners and community members to bring these elements to agencies and programs delivering the Housing First program.

The Indigenous Cultural Helper (Woman’s Role) Indigenous Cultural Helper (Woman’s Role) Duties & Responsibilities Indigenous Cultural and Helper (Woman’s Role) will build relationships and community connections to increase access to traditional practices, teachings, and ceremony.

Indigenous Cultural Helper (Woman’s Role) will : Promote cross-cultural understanding and help build confidence for those who work in the Housing First sector so they may access Indigenous cultural resources and services for their participants.

  • Develop and maintain working relationships with community members, agencies and traditional knowledge keepers which can help Housing First program participants to connect with culture.
  • Work collaboratively to carry out the goals and objectives of all Homeward Trust work plans, strategic plans, business, and community plans as they relate to the work of supporting Edmonton’s Indigenous population.
  • Provide opportunities for Housing First Workers and program participants to participate in the ceremony and learn from cultural teachings.
  • When applicable, work one on one or in a group context with program participants to link participants to the ceremony, traditional practices, and other resources applicable.

    This will involve meeting those in the community where they are at, and assisting them with the tools to move them towards cultural goals.

    This position recognizes that people may be at different places in their journey towards healing and that culture can play different roles at different times along that journey.

  • Participate at various community, partner and agency function as requested. When applicable, work one on one or in a group context with program participants to link participants to the ceremony, traditional practices, and other resources applicable.
  • This will involve meeting those in the community where they are at, and assisting them with the tools to move them towards cultural goals.

    This position recognizes that people may be at different places in their journey towards healing and that culture can play different roles at different times along that journey.

    Preparing materials for use by Homeward Trust administration, contributing to communications and reporting. Participating in and supporting other initiatives within Homeward Trust.

    Perform other duties related to support services, as required and as time permits. Qualifications Education & Experience Practical experience in appreciating and applying an Indigenous historical and cultural context in service delivery, including incorporation of traditional concepts of family and kin, healing, ceremony, natural law and relationships is required.

  • Exposure to or direct work history with principles of evidence-based practice, participant-centered, and harm reduction models, as well as dealing with trauma.
  • Experience in facilitating access to cultural and ceremonial activities to diverse populations
  • Equivalencies in experience and education will be considered.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities In-depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and tradition and ability to work with culturally diverse people.

    Familiarity with First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities in Alberta and issues and challenges facing those choosing to move to urban centers is required.

  • Possess strong and vibrant relationships with Edmonton urban and rural Indigenous communities, which are accountable, respectful, and honouring.
  • In addition, consistent networking and communications with those communities.

  • Results focused to meet high standards of performance, able to monitor progress towards goals and adjust when necessary, including the ability to review and adjust plans as required
  • Experience working independently in a fast-paced environment with competing demands and frequently tight timelines
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and willing to travel (within the City of Edmonton)
  • Must complete a criminal record check (including vulnerable sector clearance).
  • Given the nature of the position Educator, Indigenous Culture, Services, and Resources, preference will be given to qualified candidates of Indigenous heritage.

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