The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Survivors Liaison for our Survivors’ Healing Program (SHP) to provide Survivors of the 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System with support in their journeys of healing and to create more services and supports.
SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process. SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.
The Survivor’s Healing Program (SHP) 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Liaison is a valuable member of the SCO Team who works with southern First Nation citizens and communities, connecting Survivors of the 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System and their families with culturally safe and trauma-informed supports while working to enhance services and supports for Survivors.
SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.
Reporting to the Program Lead, the 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Liaison assists with developing and implementing Survivors-focused activities. Duties for this position include:
- Serve as a point of contact for 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Survivors, providing support, referrals, information, advocacy, and systems navigation.
- Advocate for First Nation led support services for Survivors and their families, as well as increased opportunities for southern First Nation Survivors to gather and mobilize, which includes drafting letters to governments to identify gaps in service.
- Support 60s Scoop adoptees with the Manitoba post-adoption applications, throughout the process, including connecting them with healers and systems of support to prepare them for the experience and trauma of reading their CFS files.
- Create an advisory committee of those with lived experience to establish the purpose, goals, and objectives of SCO 60’s Scoop programming.
- Develop culturally appropriate programming and activities for Survivors that are First Nation led.
- Assist in the planning and supporting of SCO and community gatherings, events, and ceremonies to honour 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Survivors and provide support during community gatherings, events, and ceremonies, with follow up linkages made to SCO and community resources as required.
- Coordinate services to effectively triage to health and wellness services and/or SCO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team and Traditional Healers Program.
- Collaborate with the network of partners, agencies, and organizations to provide holistic support for Survivors and their families.
- Complete Quarterly Activity Reports for program reporting requirements and maintain a list of tracking engagements.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
- Undergraduate degree in Social Work, Health Sciences, Counselling, Indigenous Studies, or other related field/discipline.
- Minimum three years’ experience in the health and wellness, advocacy, or social work fields.
- Extensive knowledge of the 60s Scoop and Child Welfare System, and knowledge of the impacts of colonization, residential and day schools, the 60’s Scoop, MMIWG2S+, and intergenerational trauma.
- Extensive knowledge of systemic barriers, community resources, systems navigation, and referral options within the CFS system.
- Demonstrated success networking, building, and cultivating trusted relationships, and partnerships with First Nation communities and organizations.
- Clear understanding of confidentiality and boundary management.
- Understanding of the trauma experienced by 60’s Scoop and Child Welfare System Survivors, many of whom struggle with loss of language, land, culture, family, and community connections.
- Appreciation of the significance of Anishinaabe and Dakota teachings, language, songs, and ceremonies in promoting health and wellness.
- Respect for Dakota and Anishinaabe community protocols as they pertain to traditional gatherings and events.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
- Must be skilled in working with the internet, Windows platforms and Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Fluency in Anishinaabe or Dakota.
- Experience writing proposals.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and clear Children and Adult Abuse Registry Check.
- Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and reliable vehicle as travel will be required.
- Available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Occasional overnight travel may be required.
- All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS: Monday, March 20, 2023, at 4:30 PM CST
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*
Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates
Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter
We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.