Nihdawin Family Support Worker Community Services – Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nihdawin Family Support Worker CONTRACT POSITION Thunder Bay, Ontario POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a contract position of Nihdawin Family Support Worker in Thunder Bay. The Nihdawin Program advocates and supports Indigenous people 16 years of age or older who are or are at imminent risk of homelessness in the community of Thunder Bay. Priority is given to Indigenous people who are at a greater risk of losing their children to the child welfare system and or who are at a greater risk of becoming in conflict with the law because of their homelessness. The Nihdawin Program assists Indigenous people in these circumstances and supports their traditional roles within our culture. Nihdawin provides advocacy and support in the areas of housing; maintaining existing housing and finding affordable sustainable housing for Indigenous people, acting as advocates with Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, the court system, schools and medical services. Nihdawin recognizes the importance of providing wrap¬around supports and services to attend to the needs of Indigenous people as they strive for personal recovery, to maintain their families and live their best lives.
QUALIFICATIONS: • Post-secondary diploma/degree in social work, indigenous learning, women’s studies with a minimum three (3) years’ work experience in community service delivery. • Knowledge of criminal justice system. • Proven experience in and knowledge of victims’ issues surrounding housing and homelessness, poverty, and addictions. • Strong communicator - excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills. • Experience in client advocacy with demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities. The ability to speak Ojibway and/or Oji-Cree is an asset. • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of Indigenous cultures, traditions, and community. • Proven analytical and problem solving skills. • Ability to create and maintain a confidential, welcoming, friendly and safe environment for community members. • Knowledge of and relationships with other service agencies, ability to network and create/maintain these relationships. • Strong organizational/time management skills with an ability to plan ahead define measurable objectives and outcomes and meet objectives in a timely manner.
• Working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment. • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance. • Valid current vulnerable sector criminal records check and, First Aid/CPR. • Ability/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provide direct community members services that are holistic in nature, for the delivery of services to address the needs of Indigenous individuals that are homeless or at imminent risk of being homeless, the hidden homeless, the newly homeless and those that episodically access shelters. • To provide an increased focus and provision of services available and referrals to legal/financial services for Indigenous people in conflict with the law to increase support services and specialized services to help Indigenous people and their families, especially those that are at risk of intervention services from a Children Aide Society due to the risk of homelessness. • Strong advocacy skills to act on behalf of the client and provide guidance to empower them to represent themselves when interacting with potential landlords. • Establish and build relationships with existing and potential landlords within the city as part of the Housing First Approach. • Transport community members or arrange transportation for community members as required for a variety of reasons as it relates to supporting our community members • Provide up to date housing lists and accompany clients to viewings. • Educate self on changes to OW/ODSP benefits and programs to assist with start-up costs and utility entitlements. • Provide referrals to services in the community to assist with clothing and food supports and additional programming that will benefit the community member in attaining goals set out in their plan of care. • To provide community members with mental health/addiction issues with referrals to treatment, counselling and help lines. • To reduce the Indigenous homelessness population through the facilitation of greater access to support networks appropriate to individual need (ie: connection to employment and education services; access to addiction and mental health supports; access to culturally specific supports; referrals to the necessary services; direct support for crisis as well as psychosocial issues; and housing support) to help them move towards stabilized living environments. • To provide community members with the opportunity to participate in culturally relevant, safe programming and activities, including but not limited to ceremony, Elders consults, traditional crafts, use of medicines, etc. • To directly respond to the Indigenous people and their families of this community in need, with measurable outcomes. • Apply appropriate counseling methods relevant to individual community member’s needs, including but not limited to one on one, group and/or sharing circles, meeting with client/Elder. • Assist, advise, teach and guide community members through process of evaluation of personal situations and taking positive action. • Completing Plan of Care based on the Medicine Wheel teachings with community member. Develop treatment / support plans encompassing Indigenous culture and teachings with the client setting measureable and realistic goals.
• Ensure Indigenous culture, traditions, and values are included in all aspects of service delivery in a wholistic
Ontario Native Women's Association
380 Ray Boulevard
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6