Indigenous Elder Advisor

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 10, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Native Women’s Association of Canada
Salary $60,000 - Per Hour
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Native Women's Association of Canada
Contact Information

Indigenous Elder Advisor

Reports to:         Executive Director
Salary Range:    $60,000
Term:                   Permanent
Closing Date:    Open until filled
Location:            Ottawa


The Indigenous Elder Advisor will be dedicated to advising and guiding the leadership of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) in regards to Indigenous customs, traditions and protocols. The Elder will be based in-house, but will also work and represent NWAC out in the Indigenous community and with government stakeholders. They will be considered as an employee of NWAC and therefore subject to the policies and workplace standards in place for employees.

General duties

The NWAC Indigenous Elder Advisor will:

  • Act as cultural advisor providing advice to all levels of leadership at NWAC to nurture a better understanding of the Indigenous traditions and specific needs of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
  • Build trusting relationships with NWAC staff, stake holders and community members;
  • Facilitate ceremonies;
  • Provide Elder support to ensure a culturally safe and inclusive workplace;
  • Provide guidance on team building internally and externally;
  • Help to break down stigma and systemic barriers and provide support and guidance on culturally appropriate services and programs;
  • Develop and facilitate in-house training for the Staff and Volunteers at NWAC in order to move toward a deeper understanding of Indigenous women and girls in Canada and their needs;
  • Facilitate culturally appropriate workshops, when needed;
  • Help with building connections within Indigenous communities in Canada;
  • Represent NWAC at speaking engagements within the community;
  • Provide a positive, culturally relevant experience for NWAC staff and Indigenous family members who come to NWAC seeking support and spiritual guidance, and;
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

Key Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of the history, culture and traditions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada;
  • Knowledge of agencies, programs and supports in Indigenous communities in Canada;
  • Proven success working within a groupof both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous members;
  • Comfortable with public speaking;
  • Has strong relationship building skills and influence within the Indigenous community.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Recognized and respected by her own community as an Elder for such attributes as having knowledge of their traditional teaching and carry themselves according to those teachings;
  • Minimum 1 year relevant work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and Internationally;

Please submit resume and covering letter to:

Melissa Papineau
Director of Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor Ottawa, ON
K1N 7B7

(Email submissions preferred).

Candidate must be an Indigenous Elder.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Please Note: This position is being posted under the section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights

Code on “special programs”.

Section 14 of the Human Rights Code states: 14. (1) A right under Part I is not infringed by the implementation of a special program designed to relieve hardship or economic disadvantage or to assist disadvantaged persons or groups to achieve or attempt to achieve equal opportunity or that is likely to contribute to the elimination of the infringement of rights under Part I. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, s. 14 (1).

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