Oskâpêwis (Helper)

Oskâpêwis (Helper) 

Competition Number: 1531

Date Posted: December 8, 2021

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

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.


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


Healthy families in healthy communities.

The Role:

The Family Centre (TFC) is currently hiring a full-time Specialist to work within Indigenous Support Services. This important role will support the service Manager and 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
  • 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
  • Drivers license and vehicle



  • Understanding that a First People’s lens is needed for knowledge of the whole person, which includes the spirit and ceremonies
  • Being able to provide coaching on protocol, and being a mentor or guide for staff engaging 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
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a part of a team


Key Responsibilities:

  • Following the direction of the service Manager and 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 Oskâpêwis
  • 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 has access to cloth, tobacco, and any protocol as needed


What to Expect:

  • Training – comprehensive onboarding/orientation process with 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.


COVID-19 Consideration:

Our vision is healthy families in healthy communities. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, interns, practicum students, volunteers, visitors and those we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All employees, contractors, interns, practicum students and volunteers hired by The Family Centre after October 15, 2021 will be required to be fully immunized, as per AHS standards, against COVID-19. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, please contact our HR department noting in the subject the position you are interested in.



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.

  • $44,707 to $60,060 annually
  • Mileage compensation
  • Manulife Group Health & Dental Benefit Plan
  • 2 Paid Wellness Days annually
  • 3 weeks’ vacation
  • RRSP matching
  • Ongoing paid training


Please send your resume to:

Aubrey Watson, Manager Indigenous Support Services




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


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