Competition number: 1471

Date posted: January 27, 2021

Job type: Full time position

Application deadline: Until Filled

The Family Centre has a strong reputation for providing quality services basing our work on research and evidence-based practices. We pride ourselves on providing leading edge training and strong, reflective supervision. Our intention is to create a healthy organization that is intelligent in its response to community issues and intentional about our respectful treatment of each other. We have a strong focus on Trauma Informed Care for the communities we support, as well as our staff teams. The Family Centre strives to hire a diverse team of employees, reflecting the diverse communities we support.  We offer specialized service that includes indigenous leadership that includes the guidance of ceremonies and ancestors to better support the indigenous service users.

Mission: The Family Centre exists to support families and children to help them flourish and to help people engage with one another to promote healthy, safe, and economically viable communities.

Vision: Healthy families in healthy communities.

The role

The Family Centre is currently hiring a full-time Specialist to work within Indigenous Support Services. This important role will support the TFC Knowledge Holder as an Oskâpêwis. TFC has committed to enhancing our practice by increasing our knowledge and understanding of the history of Indigenous people, combined with opportunities to experience ceremony, traditional teachings, and activities. Our hope is that we all become allies addressing the impacts of colonialism and the ongoing forms of colonization, including systemic racism and oppression. The Specialist in this role will support this work throughout the agency. This position reports to the Knowledge Holder, Indigenous Support Services.


  • Must be involved in and committed to First People’s ceremony and the practices
  • Diploma or Degree in Human Services field, with related experience
  • Experience working with Children’s Services an asset
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultures
  • Experience working as a part of collaborative teams
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to work with people affected by trauma

Mandatory Requirements

  • Police Check and Child Welfare Intervention Record Check completed within the last 6 months
  • Current ASIST Suicide Intervention Training
  • Registration with a professional body, if eligible (such as RSW or CYCW)


  • Understanding that a First People’s lens is needed for knowledge of the whole person, which includes the spirit and ceremonies
  • Able to integrate, include and participate in all ceremonies.
  • Know protocols and provide continual coaching on protocol, how to approach Elders, and being a mentor or guide with staff in ceremony
  • Strong interpersonal skills to help establish good working relationships with staff and surrounding communities
  • Innovative, creative thinker
  • Ability to navigate courageous conversations effectively
  • Proactive and highly engaged

Key Responsibilities

  • Following the instructions of the TFC Knowledge Holder as required
  • Supporting the development of TFC staff capacity that include training opportunities:
    • Provide ongoing training for teachings staff have previously received to support continued implementation of these teachings into practice through circle process
    • Immersive, experiential training based in ceremony that supports the transition from trauma- informed practice to ceremony-informed healing
    • Teachings that are specific to ceremony and focus on protocols and how protocol is offered in addition to approaching Elders and ceremonial helpers or oskapewisak
    • Providing land-based teaching opportunities such as Tipi Teachings, medicine picking, and feast teachings to support staff with developing a more foundational understanding of the physical realm
  • Compiling a monthly calendar of cultural events
  • Maintaining the cultural resource guide
  • Ensuring staff and families have access to cloth, tobacco, and any protocol as needed

What to Expect

  • Training – comprehensive onboarding/orientation process which includes service specific training, and agency wide core training.
  • Feedback – a strong supervision model that provides regular formal and informal opportunities for feedback
  • Performance coaching – formal and informal coaching regarding the development of personal and professional growth and development.


The Family Centre is committed to employee wellbeing and development. The comprehensive compensation package offered to employees reflects those values and is competitive within the marketplace.

  • $44,265 to $59,466 annually
  • Manulife Group Health & Dental Benefit Plan
  • Wellness Program
  • 2 Paid Wellness Days annually
  • 3 weeks’ vacation
  • RRSP matching
  • Ongoing paid training

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

The Family Centre thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. . If contacted for an interview, candidates will have the option to participate via video call. The Family Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, as well as work environment. We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process

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