Social Workers – Innu Prevention Services
The IRT Secretariat is the corporate and administrative body of the Innu Round Table, representing the collective interests of the Mushuau and Sheshatshiu Innu, pursuant to mandated programs and services.
This involves the planning and coordination of devolution for social programs, including CFS. A broad Innu Prevention Initiative has been developed to reduce the overall involvement of Innu children and families with the child protection system and work to lessen the impact on individual Innu from existing child protection involvement. Currently, an Innu child and family prevention services agency has been established by the IRT which involves the team of Innu Representatives and prevention workers together planning and implementing a range of primary prevention and support activities for the community as a whole, as well as undertaking case management to address specific Innu family and children’s needs.
Working with and reporting to the Prevention Services Manager, this role requires a person with a social work background. The Social Workers – Innu Prevention Services at Sheshatshit will be one member of a larger team of prevention services agency staff, including Innu Representatives, Innu Community Workers and two other Social Workers. Together you will undertake the agency’s work of developing and coordinating prevention services and activities for Innu children, youth and families on reserve. This work will be consistent with the Innu Care Approach, reflecting Innu culture and values. Effective and respectful communication with all the other agency team members is crucial to build a strong, working partnership, as together you will do outreach to link existing community-based health services and promote new prevention activities.
Build a knowledge base about Innu culture by participating as fully as possible in ongoing learning opportunities about Innu history and the Innu vision for collective health, including but not limited to the Innu Healing Strategy and the Innu Care Approach
Work as an ally of all the child and family prevention services agency team members of the IRT as well as engage other community health workers across the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation in order to build effective linkages between the various health services programs
- Focus on the development of a wide range of possible prevention activities and strategies reflective of the Innu Healing Strategy and the Innu Care Approach which would potentially assist all community members, and which could be geared to meet specific needs such as cultural programming and activities
- Work to assist and support the Innu Representatives and other prevention services community workers in specific case management activities and interventions, including but not limited to the development of cultural connections plans as mandated in the NL CYF Act, June 2019
- Review updated assets map with other Innu health staff to understand the scope of current services and gaps in order to develop and coordinate appropriate implementation plans for various activities
- Develop various communication and outreach materials, in collaboration with other health services providers in the community, to build community awareness of prevention focus and activities, and include an evaluation template to be used following any prevention services or activities in order to gauge both participant and staff suggestions and learnings
- Implement and maintain a filing system to document and manage the collection of information, materials, ideas etc. about various prevention strategies and activities
- Along with the Innu child and family prevention services agency staff, participate in regular meetings with the Prevention services Manager for ongoing support and review of progress
- Represent the IRT Secretariat and the community on specific groups or committees as required
- Develop a 12-month work plan to be reviewed monthly with the Prevention Services Manager
- A degree in social work and registration with the NLASW
- Social Work experience in an Aboriginal community would be preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills and effective communication skills
- Demonstrated understanding of colonialism and the impacts of inter-generational trauma as well as the dynamics of Aboriginal children within child welfare systems
- Clear code of conduct and vulnerable sector check
The Ideal Candidate:
- Must maintain strong professional standards and demonstrate a willingness to do cross cultural work
- Must be dependable and have a good deal of initiative, both as an individual and in a teamwork relationship
- Must exercise good judgment, discretion and confidentiality
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Our client embraces diversity. Individuals that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.