This term position is based in our Winnipeg office and is open until filled.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide technical support, guidance, and oversee activities related to First Nation child welfare reform. The successful incumbent will support the MKO Child Welfare Secretariat in developing a First Nation child and family governance structure and coordinate a team to carry out a work plan towards the development and implementation of First Nation family laws, policies, and standards specific to MKO First Nations.

The Child Welfare Community Engagement Coordinator will report and work under the direction of MKO Child Welfare Secretariat Program Manager.

Duties include:

  • Provide support and guidance in the program development of First Nation community governance decision making and frameworks
  • Following an engagement strategy with MKO First Nations about traditional child and family codes and laws related to First Nation child welfare best practices
  • Compile Information on First Nation jurisdiction and traditional models based on sites visits, literary and electronic review
  • Evaluate communication strategy, analyze, and evaluate sources that may inform broader strategic or policy goals, identify and organize key information to communicate to target audience
  • Plan, establish, and coordinate community engagement sessions, workshops, and sharing circles
  • Observe and apply the standards and principles identified in the Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP)
  • Observe Indigenous methodologies with respect to information gathering, community contact and all areas allied with the MKO mandate
  • Work with relevant governmental departments, First Nation organizations and Northern First Nations to research, analyze, monitor, and propose strategies for the development and implementation of MKO family law
  • Support capacity building and an accountability mechanism for Northern First Nations pertaining to child and family program development
  • Engage with MKO First Nations about traditional customary codes, standards, and practices pertaining to child and family matters
  • Collect and analyze MKO historical data
  • Attend and participate in all MKO meetings when required
  • Assist in preparing presentations, briefing notes, and other correspondence to MKO leadership
  • Other duties assigned

Experience and qualifications:

  • Minimum completion of post-secondary education in the field of social services with preference of college or university. Combination of work experience and education may be considered
  • Fluent in one of the MKO languages (Cree, Dene, or Oji-Cree)
  • A thorough understanding of First Nation Treaties, inherent and Aboriginal rights and the unique issues pertaining to Northern First Nations
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
  • A thorough understanding of federal policies, provincial CFS policies, and knowledge of First Nation CFS agencies
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.
  • Ability to make connections and foster collaboration with internal and external partners
  • Ability to multi-task and meet challenging deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools
  • Must produce a clear Child Abuse and Criminal Record check
  • Must be willing to travel and possess a valid driver’s license

Salary will commensurate upon experience and qualifications. Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and three work-related references in confidence to:

Dorothy Smith
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (204) 927-7509
Mail: 1601 –275 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3B3

Deadline for applications: Open until position is filled