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Indigenous Support Worker

Edmonton John Howard Society

This is a Full-time position in Edmonton posted October 4, 2021.

Job ID: 21-020EJHS

Edmonton John Howard Society (EJHS) is a CARF accredited community based crime prevention organization that has been operating in Edmonton since 1949.  Our mission is “through our programs and services we work to prevent crime and to help people affected by crime”.

The Edmonton John Howard Society provides the following: 

  • Strong  focus  on  employee  wellness  and  work-life  balance 
  • Service  recognition  and  employee  awards 
  • Professional  Development  opportunities 
  • Staff teambuilding and  appreciation  days 
  • Competitive health, dental and RRSP  benefits

We are  a  values-driven  organization  that  supports  clients  from  a  strength  based  approach.    If  your  values  are  aligned  with  our  core  values  listed  at: https://johnhoward.org/about-us/core-values, please  consider  joining  our  team.

The Indigenous Support Worker provides support and advocacy for Indigenous residents of Independence Apartments CBRF. Clients expressing interest in obtaining Indigenous support(s) will be referred to the Indigenous Support Worker by their Caseworker. The Indigenous Support Worker will establish working relationships with clients that allow for identification of healing, spiritual, cultural and other appropriate Indigenous resources of their preference.
Our goal is to assist Indigenous clients throughout the reintegration process to ensure they’ve received the information, skills, knowledge and ability to familiarize themselves with available resources and supports that they can continue to access once released.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist clients in obtaining identification, status cards, medical/dental band funding, education and vocational training opportunities, housing and cultural events
  • Referrals to Elders and/or culturally appropriate supports
  • Maintain unit supply of culturally significant medicines and supplies
  • Assist with client reintegration to home communities/work to find supportive and positive resources to access upon completion of residency
  • Participation in monthly Resident Meetings; announcing special events/connecting with clients
  • Obtain and maintain the events calendar/cultural board
  • Incorporate traditional practices into Casework practices while meeting requirements of funder
  • Arrange, coordinate and oversee client participation in cultural events and activities such as sweats, round dances, beading classes, drumming etc. including transportation
  • Establish and maintain contact with Indigenous agencies and individuals such as the CSC Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer to ensure access to Elders, ceremonies and community gatherings
  • Participate in monthly Case Conferences with Case Management Team members to provide updates on client progress and share resources and services that clients may benefit from
  • Liaise with Caseworkers, CSC staff, Aboriginal Liaison Officers, EPS, RCMP, program providers and agency funders
  • Submit and share positive/inspirational client stories with the agency’s Social Media representative to post on social media

Qualifications / Skills:

  • Related Diploma/Degree in Human Services. Equivalent education and experience may be considered
  • Grounded in Indigenous culture, traditions and history
  • Previous front line experience working with urban Indigenous peoples
  • Understanding and experience working with disadvantaged and oppressed populations dealing with life challenges including: poverty, unemployment, lack of education, addictions, family violence, mental health and racism
  • Able to work shift work that may include awake, overnight shifts
  • Criminal Record Check, Enhanced Reliability Screening and Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and client supportive insurance
  • Knowledge of the Federal justice system
  • Ability to be on an on call rotation

Conditions of Employment:

  • This is a position that requires frequent standing, walking up and down stairs, and occasional lifting.
  • Hours of work are Wednesday to Sunday, weekday evenings and weekend days shifts
  • All candidates will be obliged to comply with EJHS’s Mandatory Vaccine Mandate, as a condition of employment.

Salary:

The starting salary range is $45,000 annually.

Safety and harmony in our community

Edmonton John Howard Society is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from people of Indigenous heritage, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds

How to Apply

To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include 21-020EJHS, Indigenous Support Worker - IA in the Subject Line of the email. Please include how you heard about the position in the cover letter.