Indigenous Youth Mentor

Job Information
Author Lori Flynn
Date February 11, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
Salary To Be Determined - Per Hour
Location Peterborough, ON
Category Business / Management
Contact Information

The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (NFC) is an Indigenous not-for-profit, culture and community-based organization mandated to serve the needs of urban Indigenous people in the City of Peterborough and surrounding area. The NFC is currently accepting applications for a permanent, full-time position of Indigenous Youth Mentor (IYM).


Position Objective and Responsibilities

The IYM will develop a strengths-based action plan to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people. The action plan will be informed by the needs of Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ youth residing in the City of Peterborough and surrounding area.


The IYM will provide support and services for gender and sexual diverse people and utilize existing Indigenous community capacity to support self-defined youth needs from a culture-based framework; and to support a Trauma Informed approach to community-building and inclusion. Findings and activities generated through this project will help to improve the NFC and community capacity regarding service provision for Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people.


The Indigenous Mentor will regularly communicate with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre’s (OFIFC) Research team on project updates, upcoming events, opportunities for collaboration, opportunities to attend and participate in local events, and requests for research support, capacity-building and training.



  • Lived experience as Two-Spirit and/or LGTBQ+ identified Indigenous young person;
  • Lived/work experience and/or education in working with young people in a supportive or mentoring role;
  • Community experience that can include organizing events, holding traditional roles, and volunteering;
  • Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with a strong understanding of the impacts of trauma, Indigenous youth engagement and community outreach;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to create and maintain trusting relationships with Indigenous people;
  • Excellent networking and facilitation skills;
  • Interest and/or experience in storytelling, arts-based activities such as crafting, visual art, theatre, singing, dancing, etc.
  • Must have skills and experience in planning and implementing culture-based activities and documenting events and activities in a variety of formats;
  • Must have ability and/or experience in building strategic relationships with local organizations to foster alignment between them and NFC in supporting Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people;
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications;
  • Ability to work within the established policies and procedures of the NFC organization;
  • Must have the ability to work independently and as a team player, with minimal supervision;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel when required;
  • Must possess current First Aid / CPR certification or be willing to be certified;
  • Good organizational and administrative skills;
  • Indigenous heritage a preference; (ref: Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy); and,
  • A satisfactory Criminal Reference Check (CPIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) will be a condition of the employment offer.


If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a cover letter, resume and three (3) working references

Teresa Nahwegahbow, Program/Human Resource Manager



Deadline for Application is Thursday, February 21st, 2019

****Only those selected for an interview will be contacted ****

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