Employment Opportunity: Survivors Healing Supports Program Coordinator

May 12, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Survivors Healing Supports Program Coordinator. This Survivors Healing Supports Program (SHSP) will support Indian Residential School/Indian Day School, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors and their families in their journeys of healing and commemoration while honouring the children who never made it home.  


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.

The SHSP Coordinator is a valuable member of the SCO Team who works with southern First Nation citizens and communities, connecting Indian Residential School/Indian Day School (IRS/IDS), MMIGW2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors and their families with culturally safe and trauma-informed supports, which may include triage of services to SCO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team. The SHSP Coordinator will also organize commemorative events and gatherings as well as support community healing and wellness initiatives.

SCO provides competitive compensation and excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to the Survivor Healing Supports Program (SHSP) Lead, the Program Coordinator will assist in the coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of activities related to the SHSP. Duties for this position include:

  • Function as point of contact and assist the Program Lead with the Survivor Healing Supports Program (SHSP).
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to design, manage and evaluate outreach activities.
  • Organize SCO commemorative events to honour IRS/IDS, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors.
  • Support and participate in community commemorative activities and events of significance to IRS/IDS, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Survivors and their families.
  • Catalogue healing and wellness programs and services available for Survivors and their families, including traditional Anishinaabe and Dakota healing and wellness community, regional and provincial initiatives.
  • Oversee and supervise activities of the SHSP team including leading the team in debriefing after activities, events, and gatherings.
  • Work with the Communications Department to develop outreach materials.
  • Network and develop trusted relationships with community health teams, wellness service providers and community members.
  • Maintain records of program materials and activities to document milestones.
  • Monitor on-going work and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Compile and analyze program data and information to produce progress and annual reports.
  • Professionally represent SCO while working with external partners.



  • Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies or related field/discipline is required. A combination of equivalent education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience coordinating health and wellness programs.
  • Recent event planning experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources and system navigation.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of colonization, Indian Residential and Day Schools, the 60’s Scoop, MMIWG2S+, the Child Welfare System, and intergenerational trauma.
  • Appreciation of the significance of Anishinaabe or Dakota ancestral teachings, language, songs and ceremonies in promoting health and wellness.
  • Respect for Anishinaabe and Dakota community protocols as they pertain to traditional gatherings and events.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver quality reports and presentations for diverse audiences with the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and respectfully.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in working with the internet, Windows platforms and Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as with a team, and be able to prioritize and adapt within a fast-paced changing environment.


  • Masters level education
  • Fluency in Anishinaabe or Dakota
  • Knowledge of OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) principles


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record check
  • Clear Child Abuse and Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Clear Vulnerable Persons Registry check
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and access to a vehicle for business travel
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required
  • Proof of COVID 19 Vaccination


Please submit cover letter, resume and three work related references to:

Manager of Human Resources

Southern Chiefs’ Organization


Applications without a cover letter will not be considered complete.

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates, so candidates are encouraged to self-identify.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.