Child and Family Wellness Coordinator
Status: Full-time Permanent
Location: London, Ontario
Hours: 35 hours/week
Paid Time Off: 3+ weeks of vacation, sick days, spiritual/cultural leave, birthday!
Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental, life insurance and more!
Pension: HOOPP (defined benefit plan)
Location 427 William Street, London, Ontario
Posting Date: March 31, 2023
Deadline: April 13, 2023
The Child and Family Wellness Coordinator provides short term support and case management to children, youth and their families as they navigate through the health care system. The individual also supports children and youth with confirmed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families to develop plans and support connections to meet their needs. Included in this role is providing educational and support services to parents to complete assessments and implement plans of care, helping families overcome challenges, and advocating for family needs.
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. The Centre provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Métis within the southwest region. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. We are also mandated to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of a Child and Family Wellness Coordinator to join our interdisciplinary staff team at our London site.
Degree/Diploma in Social Work, Nursing, Indigenous Studies, Mental Health, Child & Youth Worker or other relevant program of study
A minimum of three (3) years direct experience working with children, youth, and families in a counselling, social development, healthcare or other related setting
Experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) people in community-based settings
Experience providing outreach to urban and rural mainstream and Indigenous service providers and community groups to offer cultural supports preferred
Proven ability to develop wholistic plans of care with the client and ensure a connection with the appropriate resources
Ability to work with children, youth and families and to provide appropriate supports through a trauma-informed lens
Knowledge of FNIM Traditional Teachings, Culture, Values and History
Understanding of systemic barriers to accessing culturally safe health care services
Knowledge of local health care system to support clinic navigation
Working knowledge and understanding of FASD to support the system navigation of a potential diagnosis
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly, both in written and verbal form
Ability to work within a community-based organization, with referrals to/from various agencies
Strong organizational skills with the ability to work effectively and independently
Experience in the development, delivery and evaluation of group programs; preferably rooted in Indigenous cultures and ways of healing
Able to maintain good attendance and punctuality
Computer proficiency including proven ability to use relevant technology (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, EMR)
Valid Ontario Driver’s “G” license; clean driver’s abstract, as well as proof of personal auto insurance (must be insured a minimum of 3 years and in good standing)
Willing to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremonies.
Clean and current police check as a condition of employment
Up to date immunizations and records
Participating in training to increase capacity to support children and youth with FASD and their families
Provides consultation and support to build seamless system navigation for individuals with FASD or suspected FASD and their families through the assessment and diagnostic process
Working with children/youth and their families to implement support plans based on individual strengths and needs, and informed by the child/youth and family’s vision, goals, and concerns
Serves as a knowledgeable source of community resources; assesses the parent/family, determines the case needs, and assists parents in navigating/utilizing community resources
Serves as an advocate and navigator for youth and family members, including accompanying parents to various school and medical appointments as needed for support. Transportation provided on a case-by-case basis
Coordinate and facilitate care conferences to assess the needs of children and youth
Support recommendations and referrals from pediatric clinics
Provides mentorship and counselling to children and youth to support the development of coping strategies, self-esteem, self-awareness, cultural identity.
Teaches skills, role models, and helps parents to utilize family strengths to overcome identified challenges.
Development, delivery and evaluation of culturally and age-appropriate group programs rooted in Indigenous cultures and ways of healing
Develops and maintains relationships with contracted service providers who will be partners in assessments and coordinates their contracts, service, family meetings, invoicing, etc
Participates in gathering of required information and data entry into specified collection tools and provides case management for the duration of the assessment and diagnostic period
Assists with Jordan’s Principle applications
This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however, hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants (please self-identify). SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to:
Subject line: Child & Family Wellness Coordinator, London
Attention: Human Resources
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
425 – 427 William Street
London, ON N6B 3E1
We thank all those for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Dokis member offers thoughts of economic reconciliation at Toronto conference
By Sam Laskaris
TORONTO – Karen Restoule believes it is time for change.
Restoule, a member of Dokis First Nation in Northern Ontario, shared her thoughts of what that change could look like at the Indigenomics Bay Street conference, which concluded on Nov. 23 in Toronto.
Restoule, a strategist and communications specialist who is a vice-president with Toronto’s Crestview Strategy, was one of the presenters at the conference held at the Westin Harbour Castle.
Her presentation was titled ‘The intersection between policy and Indigenous business’.
“Indigenous Nations are ready to drive off the Indian Act superhighway,” Restoule said during her presentation.
Restoule said policy alternatives have been developed in recent years and First Nations are able to opt into these laws, making the Indian Act no longer relevant.
These policies include the First Nations Land Management Act, the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, and the First Nations Good and Services Tax Act.
Restoule, however, believes it would be better to modernize all treaties, including ones that are considered “historic.”
“Currently in Canada, there are 25 modern self-governments or modern treaty agreements that include some 40 or so First Nations,” Restoule said. “And they are largely located in British Columbia, across the territories, and into northern part of Quebec. There are more than 630 First Nations across the country. That means that approximately 590 Nations remain under the Indian Act.”
Restoule believes it is time to consider renegotiating “historic treaties” like the other ones that have been modernized.
“Not only does this lead to equitable federal transfers, it gives way to agency and the right of ownership of land,” she said. “And most of all, it gives way to equitable opportunity.”
Restoule thinks the current system is broken, but she also believes what an improved system would look like needs to be sorted out before changes are made.
“In a society where so many are tearing down, we ought to consider what we can do, as citizens of this country, to build that off-ramp (on the Indian Act superhighway),” she said. “And while yes, the Indian Act does in fact need to go, it cannot be abolished in the absence of another solution.”
In large part because of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Restoule said members of the Canadian public are familiar with some aspects of the Indian Act, established in 1876.
Restoule believes Canadians are better informed now on topics including the history of Indian Residential Schools and the Sixties Scoop.
“But there are many points about the Indian Act that Canadians are less familiar with,” she said.
For example, she mentioned movement restriction, where First Nations people were not allowed to leave the boundaries of their reserve without the permission of an Indian agent stationed there. Business and trade restrictions were also implemented whereby both internal and external business dealings required approval from the Indian agent.
“There is a commonly held stereotype that Indigenous peoples have always lived in small secluded communities, never leaving their patch of land for anything,” Restoule said. “This couldn’t be further from fact. Prior to Indigenous-European contact, Indigenous peoples throughout these lands had expansive and established trade networks that gave way to the movement of goods and the people who moved them.”
Restoule concluded her presentation by issuing a challenge to attendees.
“What are each of you prepared to do to build that off-ramp towards a better Canada for everyone?”
Noojmawing Sookatagaing Ontario Health Team a voice for citizens
By Rick Garrick
THUNDER BAY — An Indigenous Service Providers Showcase and Leadership Session was hosted by the Noojmawing Sookatagaing (Healing Working Together) Ontario Health Team (OHT) on Nov. 21 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. Noojmawing Sookatagaing OHT, which supports a continuum of care with providers in the City and District of Thunder Bay, was officially launched in October 2022 as part of the fourth cohort of Ontario Health Teams.
“The Leadership [Session] was to bring service providers within the health and social services systems together to network and collaborate and to build trusting relationships and partnerships,” says Natalie Paavola, co-chair at Noojmawing Sookatagaing OHT, director of health and wellness at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and Namaygoosisagagun citizen. “The reaction, I’m happy to say, has been quite positive. Everybody has been just pleased with the turnout and pleased with the feedback that we’ve been given and also sharing that they are quite happy and satisfied with the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other.”
Sandi Boucher, an Indigenous keynote speaker, author of Honorary Indian and other books and Seine River citizen, delivered a presentation on I Have a Dream during the Leadership Session.
“I’m a 10-year domestic abuse survivor — there’s a time I couldn’t have sat at a table and have a conversation with one of you, and look at what I do now,” Boucher says. “I am living proof our past does not have to be our present or our future, and it has nothing to do with how someone else looks at us, it’s how we look at us, that’s what we’re focusing on today.”
Boucher says her mother used to demonstrate to her and her brother how no individual can see the whole picture by having them look around the living room while standing back-to-back.
“She pointed out to us that there was so much of the room that we could see but there was one part we were totally blind to, my brother couldn’t see the part that was directly in front of me, I couldn’t see the part that was directly in front of him,” Boucher says. “This is why we need Indigenous voices on the OHT, because only if we come together and share what we see and actually believe each other can we start to see more of the room. And you’ve heard this in meetings, someone will say, ‘It doesn’t look like that to me.’ That’s not a challenge, that’s an opportunity to see something that’s in your blind spot.”
Paavola says the Showcase was an opportunity for Indigenous service providers and Indigenous-led services within the City and District of Thunder Bay to showcase their services.
“We know that removing barriers through awareness works,” Paavola says. “When you are aware of the services that are available, you are better able to help and support community.”
Amanda Esquega, traditional care manager at Rocky Bay Child and Family Services, says the Showcase was “really informative.”
“We did a lot of networking with other [Indigenous] agencies to kind of see what is out there for our families,” Esquega says, noting that they provide an array of prevention programs. “We’ve been here (in Thunder Bay) since 2019, our satellite office is here and our main office is in Rocky Bay. We always mirror our programming, our services there and here, whatever we do.”
Tricia Mishquart, child and family services manager at Rocky Bay Child and Family Services, says they are also a voice for their citizens in both the community and Thunder Bay.
“We all know as Indigenous peoples how hard it is to reach out for additional services and supports,” Mishquart says. “That is why we are very unique in what we do for our [citizens].”
ABPA responds to the Liberal Government’s Announcement of a National Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program
ROBINSON-SUPERIOR TREATY AND FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION TERRITORY, THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO (November 22, 2023) – This week, the Liberal government announced the next steps for a long-awaited National Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program in the next year’s federal budget. However, Indigenous leaders are still waiting for details on how the program will work and whether the program would help communities invest in the natural resource sector and facilitate equity ownership in energy, mining, forestry, and other infrastructure projects.
Following is a statement from Jason Rasevych, President of the Anishnawbe Business Professionals Association, regarding the Government of Canada’s Economic Statement and commitment to National Loan Guarantee Program for Indigenous peoples:
“Indigenous leaders have been calling on this type of program for decades. We have seen some examples in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, but there are some limitations on what type of project can be supported including the amount and timeline. The lessons learned from the successes and challenges of the current state and forecasting the market demand should be part the new program design and seek compliance with Indigenous-led values and the principles of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. The announcement of a national Indigenous loan guarantee is a positive commitment that protects lenders from potential defaults and derisks the weighted average cost of capital; however, much more needs to be considered on how it prioritizes applications by geography, industry, and deals with jurisdictional dissonance across the provinces permitting regimes. We need to make sure that the human rights risks inflated by financial programs that create a larger gap between the classes of have and have not Nations are minimized and not motivated by a government – political agendas. We need the loan guarantee program to enhance and support Indigenous communities looking to participate in various sectors at different financial thresholds of resource development and ownership of enabling infrastructure like corridors and facility ownership. These projects should be assessed to consider respect for the rights-holders throughout the financing and project lifecycle, and that the proponent has achieved the free, prior, informed consent of Indigenous peoples impacted as a condition for approval. If the mandate and decision to provide the loan guarantees is supporting government or partisan plans it will create more friction for Crown-Indigenous relations, especially on how those loan guarantee decisions are being made. Indigenous communities will also need grant funding to develop the business case and economic model for the loan guarantee applications and there should be a mechanism to consider backing Indigenous-owned or operated lenders and financial institutions for a multiplier effect.”
In the past, there has been budget allocations to realize Canada’s role as a key global supplier of critical minerals for manufacturing electric vehicle batteries, solar panels, and other low-carbon technologies, which suggests dependence on intensive mineral extraction. Given Northern Ontario’s forest and mineral abundance, the region has an integral role to play in achieving these aspirations. Resource developers and governments will need to demonstrate understanding of the necessary and pivotal role that First Nations play within this paradigm given their unique rights and land title.
While the announcement could be promising as a path to reconciliation and economic growth through its support of developing strong partnerships with First Nations, success will only be realized through effective roll out and accountability. The federal government will need to demonstrate a well-executed and collaborative approach with First Nations. ABPA stands ready as an advocate for the First Nations business community and will be watching and eager to play a role in ensuring the above outlined programs meet the demands of the North.
The current ABPA Board of Directors include:
• Jason Rasevych, President, Ginoogaming First Nation
• Rachael Paquette, Vice-President, Mishkeegogamang First Nation
• Ron Marano, Vice-President, North Caribou Lake First Nation
• Jason Thompson, Secretary/Treasurer, Red Rock Indian Band
• Brian Davey, Director, Moose Cree First Nation
• Steven McCoy, Director, Garden River First Nation
• Tony Marinaro, Director, Naicatchewenin First Nation
About the ABPA:
The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association (www.anishnawbebusiness.com) is a nonprofit, member-based organization based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. ABPA serves the First Nation business community within the Treaty #3, Treaty#5, Treaty #9 and Robinson Huron and Superior Treaty Areas. The ABPA develops and expresses positions on business issues and other public issues relevant to First Nation business, on behalf of its members. They provide a forum for the First Nation business community to develop policies and programming which contribute to the socio-economic well-being and quality of life of First Nations peoples in Northern Ontario. They also serve non-First Nation businesses by providing information, guidance, and access to a wide-ranging network through events and sponsorship.
Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
Anishinabek News10 months ago
Working Group members come together in North Bay
Anishinabek News9 months ago
M’Chigeeng First Nation students ready to unveil film projects during community screening
General10 months ago
Tla’amin ballet star brings cultural stories to the stage
Indigenews10 months ago
Cree Lesson #1
Indigenews10 months ago
Expanse of deep ocean off ‘Vancouver Island’ set to become protected area
Indigenews10 months ago
Boutique adds Indigenous representation to kiʔlawnaʔ’s downtown
Indigenews10 months ago
Healing through story: sqilx’w author unveils harrowing-but-hopeful memoir
Indigenews10 months ago
Newly-formed coalition wants to save dwindling wild Pacific salmon stocks