Career Opportunity: Cultural and Land Based Coordinator (2)

2 Full-time positions in Thompson or Winnipeg

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Under the supervision of the MMIWG Liaison Unit Director, the MMIWG Cultural and Land Based Coordinator will design and deliver culturally responsive and dignified trauma informed health and wellness supports for individuals who have been impacted by the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people (MMIWG2S+). This includes providing support to survivors of gender-based violence, families of MMIWG and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, and communities who have been impacted by MMIWG2S+. These health and wellness support services are available to anyone affected by the issue of MMIWG2S+ in Manitoba, including all First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Non-Status and non-Indigenous individuals residing in Manitoba.


The incumbent understands the historical context of Indigenous peoples in Canada and how it contributes to the widespread impact of trauma, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma, understands considerations needed to contribute to wellness, integrates knowledge about trauma into communications and settings, and understands how to implement into daily practice. The incumbent is required to perform duties that are in keeping with cultural and professional protocols while providing healing and wellness support to individuals impacted by MMIWG2S+ and survivors of gender-based violence.


 Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement programming that will involve cultural and land-based opportunities to promote prevention and awareness on the risk factors associated with the issues of MMIWG.
  • Plan, coordinate, and deliver healing, wellness, and other related programming to individuals impacted by MMIWG2S+ and survivors of gender-based violence in remote and urban settings.
  • Develop healing and wellness tools, workshops, and strategies which are focused on healing, reclaiming the spirit and empowerment for women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
  • Assist and collaborate with other MMIWG Liaison unit projects which require cultural and land-based community service requests.
  • Must be willing to participate in Indigenous cultural practices and protocols related to land-based healing and wellness activities.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and maintain contact with MMIWG2S+ family members and survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Coordinate intake procedures and work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary approach within the team and organization.
  • Provide general counselling utilizing a strength based, dignified and trauma informed, client centered and barrier-free approach.
  • Address emotional variability by defusing situations and debriefing with MMIWG2S+ families and survivors of gender-based violence in a dignified, trauma-informed, and respectful manner.
  • Refer MMIWG2S+ families and survivors of gender-based violence to Elders, Traditional Healers, and Knowledge Keepers as requested and provide ongoing follow up.
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate in-person meetings with families of MMIWG2S+ and community agencies to ensure families receive comprehensive wraparound supports.
  • Attend community events and gatherings in support of MMIWG2S+ family members.
  • Document all contacts with designated individuals, other family members, or staff from allied agencies, noting: information provided, assistance offered, referrals, etc.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and keeps detailed notes of client interactions, while ensuring the secure handling and storage of confidential documents.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with agency professionals who are also working with families who have missing or murdered loved ones and survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Network with community resources to maintain positive inter-agency relationship while gaining understanding of their service mandates.
  • Partner with community agencies to providing healing opportunities and wellness supports for MMIWG2S+ families and survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Attend inter-agency meetings as required.
  • Attend community events/training as required.
  • Assists other team members and carries out other duties as needed and assigned


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is preferred; other certificates/diploma in the Human Service, augmented in the areas of gender-based violence, crisis intervention, individual/group counselling, and community development will be considered.
  • Minimum of 5 years of working in counselling and program delivery.
  • Experience working within a harm reduction and dignified trauma informed care organizational structure that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma, including intergenerational trauma and the impacts of colonization.
  • Understanding of various aspects of holistic wellness and considers all components relating to a client’s wellbeing including emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural needs.
  • Demonstrated decision-making, interviewing, and assessment skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to perform research, and interpret, assess, and synthesize information in a logical manner and use in practice.
  • Experience in program evaluation involving a variety of data collection and evaluation methods.
  • Advanced organizational and time management skills including the ability to manage multiple priorities while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and work with a variety of people, groups, and organizations.
  • Understanding of, or commitment to learning, First Nations traditional healing practices and models of wellness.
  • Excellent written communication skills for the purposes of developing background information, presentations, workshops and training materials, report writing, and other related materials.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools.
  • Ability to comply with all MKO policies and procedures
  • Must posses a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel.
  • Must be able to obtain a satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), a satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check and a satisfactory Adult Abuse Registry Check upon hiring.

Salary is dependant upon qualifications and experience

Interested applicants are invited to submit their cover letter identifying the position applying for and resume, along with 3 professional reference listings (include a most recent employer reference) by: 4:00 PM on July 20, 2023 to: Shawna Flett at [email protected]


We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.


Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, Indigenous, and human rights for citizens of the 26 sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6, and 10.


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