Indigenous Wellness Coordinator

Summary

The Indigenous Wellness Coordinator facilitates an indigenous health and wellness strategy to improve access to services that meet the identified needs of Lighthouse clients. The Indigenous Wellness Coordinator is responsible for providing and facilitating access to traditional teachings and ceremonies in a safe environment as well as promoting cultural awareness, language support, cultural based healing, and working with Elders as required to meet the needs of the community. The Indigenous Wellness Coordinator will be knowledgeable of Indigenous history, cultural practices and views, and will be comfortable in supporting others in learning more about their own cultural practices and views.

The Indigenous Wellness Coordinator will be responsible to plan, deliver and coordinate health, social & healing programs through an integrated approach, in alignment with the overarching, holistic community health and wellness plans at The Lighthouse. This position will support our community members in times of crisis with traditional supports. This position acts as a resource for both residents and Lighthouse staff by recognizing the impacts of colonization and advocating for care provider relationships that are trauma-informed and person-centered to ensure the provision of culturally safe care.

Core Competencies   

  • Indigenous Cultural Competency
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Client Service Orientation
  • Collaboration and Network Building  
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Self-Motivation and Drive
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Strong Organizational skills
  • Team Work
  • Time Management
  • Written and Verbal Communication

Job Duties

  • Act as a point of contact for the community for centralized support during crisis and crisis management, including a responsibility to ensure protocols and cultural practices are understood and adhered to.
  • Collaborates with Elders and other partners to ensure timely, effective and culturally safe care is provided to residents, grounded in traditional wellness practices
  • Assess resident progress, give support, and provide advocacy for additional supports as necessary.
  • Maintain contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with residents to provide information and obtain feedback on resident’s overall progress.
  • Provides support and acts as a resource, as required, for healthcare providers, including primary healthcare physicians, regarding the provision of culturally-safe care. Coordinates connections to Indigenous community resources and supports, as required.
  • Ensure that avenues for Indigenous resident feedback are accessible; facilitates and supports the reporting of care concerns, and ensures that complaints and concerns are addressed in a timely, appropriate, and respectful manner.
  • Complete daily paperwork to ensure updated program statistics are accurate and captured for program success.
  • Actively engages, develops and maintains effective working relationships with residents.
  • Encourage residents to explore, access resources and engage in relevant health and recovery practices and programs. Provide residents with reminders and transportation for appointments, as necessary.
  • Facilitate resident acquisition of life skills, healthy leisure/recreational activity and encourage exploration of employment readiness, education or training.
  • Coach residents around personal hygiene, room care and life skills. Help facilitate psycho-educational programs.
  • Be familiar and compliant with Lighthouse Policies and Procedures.
  • Explain, monitor and reinforce Lighthouse policies and procedures to ensure a safe, mutually respectful and sustained tenancy.
  • Contribute to and promote a community climate of respect, safety and mutual support among residents and staff of the Lighthouse.
  • Help maintain strong linkages and relationships with relevant community agencies and with partner health and social service providers to ensure seamless transitions for client service
  • Present self in an approachable, friendly manner as an ethical example of a professional community organization.
  • Participate in ongoing staff development and training to obtain necessary certifications or to recertify. Maintain current knowledge and skills in areas of mental health, substance use disorders, concurrent disorders and crisis management.
  • Contribute to team building, effective communication and participate in ongoing program development and evaluation.
  • Assist in the support of Dube Tower residents.
  • Assist other staff and program areas as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Knowledgeable of Indigenous history, cultural practices, and views; acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous cultures, languages, and traditions in Saskatchewan; knowledgeable and supportive of traditional Indigenous ceremonies and protocols; comfortable with supporting others in learning more about their own cultural practices and views
  • Fluency and competency in a First Nations’ or Metis language would be an asset
  • Degree/Diploma level of training in Human Services (e.g. Mental Health & Wellness, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, etc.) is an asset but not a requirement
  • Demonstrated compassion and empathy towards residents with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, behavioural issues, and/or medical issues including possible infectious diseases
  • Ability to work with a diverse and often highly stigmatized clientele
  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for client individuality and self determination
  • Knowledge/understanding of poverty, homelessness, mental health disorders and substance use disorders
  • Ability to build strong relationships with individuals within The Lighthouse community including staff, clients, volunteers, and the general public
  • Good organizational, time management and prioritizing skills.
  • Strong morals and ethics, along with a commitment to staff and client privacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collegial, team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Proven critical thinking and decision making skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and diffuse crisis.
  • Computer literacy, including effective working knowledge of MS Office, E-mail and Information System applications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional education. 
  • Physically able to perform all assigned tasks.
  • Ability to perform all duties in accordance with related legislation.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision
  • First AID/CPR certification is an asset
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check is required as a condition of employment
  • Driver’s License is an asset

Work Conditions

  • May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases and conditions.
  • Interacts with residents, staff, partners, as well as government/community agencies and personnel.
  • Manual dexterity required to use computer and peripherals.
  • Physical activity required including walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, cleaning duties, as well as working alongside of residents to coach life skills, effective self-care and activities related to tenancy.
  • Intermittently assisting care aide and other staff in the conduct of their roles.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@lighthousesaskatoon.org