Employment Opportunity: Wisdom Keeper’s Liaison






Are you looking for a career that will truly make a difference for southern First Nations community members?  Do you want to be a part of change? Do you look forward to helping our people? If this sounds like you then keep reading about the opportunities we have open at SCO.

A little bit of who we are and what we offer:

  • Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) represents 34 southern First Nations in Manitoba;
  • We foster a work environment that supports young talented staff to grow and develop through training opportunities and taking on increasingly more important responsibilities;
  • Competitive salary
  • Robust health insurance benefits that start on day one of employment
  • Full and comprehensive benefits package including 5% matched pension contribution;

The SCO Wisdom Keeper’s Liaison is a vital part of Child & Family Services program at SCO. This position requires someone who speaks Anishinaabe fluently, but also has computer skills particularly in word processing, transcribing, and translating recorded interviews from Anishinaabe to English.  This position requires interacting with Anishinaabe and Dakota Elders to assist them in guiding SCO programs and services in the CFS program.  The successful candidate would be required to keep in touch and develop meaningful relationships with Elders throughout SCO communities on behalf of SCO, plan gatherings and meetings of Elders and SCO leadership and staff for the purposes of gathering knowledge regarding Anishinaabe and Dakota ways of being and knowing.  This knowledge would include historical and cultural context that addresses Indigenous family contexts, substance use, First Nation family law and customs, and Indigenous governance.  The successful candidate must have computer skills, organizational skills, and the ability to plan and implement meetings in a way that meets the standards of a well-respected political territorial organization, and respects the needs and customs that are expected when interacting with and hosting Indigenous Elders.

If this sounds great so far, then keep reading for further details about the position:


  • Fluent in Anishinaabe & English
  • Translation and interpretation skills (Anishinaabe & English)
  • Word processing skills: typing, using Microsoft Word
  • Transcribing interviews from Anishinaabe to English
  • Knowledge of local and urban Indigenous community
  • Awareness of Indigenous cultural opportunities and ability to share that information
  • Planning & organizing meetings with Indigenous Elders
  • Maintaining accurate records and providing consistent verbal and written activity and statistical reports on activities
  • Acting on direction in a prompt and efficient manner
  • Sharing in the work of fostering a safe and welcoming space
  • Performing other related duties when required by the CFS Director


  • Active listening and other supportive conversation skills
  • Knowledge of intergenerational trauma (related to self and others)
  • Trauma informed practice skills
  • Knowledge of local Indigenous protocol
  • Familiarity with Indigenous cultural knowledge and teachings
  • Cross cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Advanced e-mail, computer, and texting skills

If you feel this position speaks to you then please submit a cover letter and resume by mail, email or fax to:


Fax: 204-946-1871

 Re: Wisdom Keeper’s Liaison

Deadline for applications is January 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration. Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates.

Late submissions will not be accepted.