Cultural Resource Coordinator

Cultural Resource Coordinator

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Author pmnationtalk
Date December 1, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Coordinator
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Cultural Resource Coordinator

**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply.
First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35 hour work week
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision and EAP. All premiums covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally, and internationally for generations to come.


The Cultural Resource Coordinator (Indigenous Cultural Knowledge keeper) role is a key component in the delivery of the ONWA Community Development Programs and ensures a range of wholistic services are provided.

This position is responsible for providing education and training on cultural practices, teachings, ceremonies and traditions to children, youth, families, community members, staff, and other community service providers. The Cultural Resource Coordinator will build relationships to share with knowledge keepers and elders across the province to build inclusivity of cultural services across Ontario.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies, Recreation or Health Sciences with a minimum three (3) years work experience or combination of work and lived experience related to the role.
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting traditional ceremonies including protocol around sweat lodge, pipe, drum, etc.
  • Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures, traditions, ceremony and connecting Community Members to cultural practices that can be used in supporting Community Members.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience working in and with a gender-based lens/perspective.
  • Awareness of the recent, historical, and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women and their families may have experienced.
  • Understanding of cultural trauma-informed care and wise practices in providing trauma-informed care.
  • A willingness to work flexible hours as needed to provide ongoing support and services to Community Members.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Languages is considered an asset.
  • Must be physically fit and able to carry out land-based activities and ceremonies
  • Knowledge of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit cultural and practices.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with 2 million liability insurance and a clean drivers abstract.
  • A working cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required.  This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  • Provide inclusive traditional teachings and ceremonies in a safe environment, to staff, youth, families, and community members.
  • Facilitate, plan, and implement cultural workshops, ceremonies, healing circles and support ONWA events to provide cultural openings and closing.
  • Model behavior in a manner that serves as an example of positive cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, and actions.
  • Provide teachings about traditional medicines and food. e.g., Teachings, care for and use, storage, medicine bags, growing/picking, etc. teaching on health benefits of foods, harvesting, growing, preparing, and storing.
  • Develop cultural education tools
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a resource list of Elders, cultural knowledge keepers and other cultural resources.
  • Promotion of cultural awareness, safety, and Indigenous languages.
  • Assist health staff in harvesting, storing and providing community member access to traditional medicines
  • Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of policies, procedures and best practices related to Indigenous, First Nation, Inuit, and Metis cultures.
  • Attendance at all staff meetings.
  • Provide cultural education workshops and sessions to staff and community.
  • Build capacity and relationships with knowledge keepers across Ontario.
  • Organize and coordinate cultural events provincially
  • Other duties as assigned.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Cultural Resource Coordinator will be directly accountable to the Community Development Health Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, providing all training, onboarding and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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