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Cultural Mentor

MKO Youth Justice Initiative
2-Year Term Position – Winnipeg, Manitoba

In partnership with Marymound Inc, the MKO Youth Justice Initiative will deliver interventions and programming that is culturally responsive to the needs of Youth, Families, Parents, and Caregivers.  As Manitoba’s Social Impact Bond (SIB) to address youth justice involvement, the Reduction Youth Justice Involvement SIB aims to decrease the number of days Manitoba’s youth spend in custody, while increasing connections to their cultures and identities.

MKO is seeking a Cultural Mentor who will provide opportunities to youth and families to gain knowledge and understanding to Indigenous traditions, teachings, and practices. As part of a collaborative team, the Cultural Mentor will engage with the youth and families and provide ongoing support of a healing pathway for the youth/family.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Engages with youth and families to build trust and rapport as part of the High-Fidelity Wraparound/Healing Pathway process.
  • Builds positive relationships with youth to identify personal strengths to promote growth, self-worth, and a sense of belonging.
  • Shares their knowledge of Indigenous culture, language, traditional teachings and practices.
  • Provides culturally appropriate counselling, guidance, and mentorship.
  • Provides cultural support to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Preserves and Promotes Indigenous traditional teachings and practices to enhance positive and strong cultural identity.
  • Navigates access to existing supports and resources in the community.
  • Transports and accompanies youth/parents/caregivers when needed.
  • Engages in behaviour management, intervening in crisis situations as needed/required.
  • Demonstrates an active commitment towards professional growth and advancement through participation in training, workshops, etc.

Education and Experience

  • Experience providing Indigenous traditional teachings, guidance, and mentorship.
  • Experience performing Indigenous traditional ceremonies and prayer.
  • Experience working with and supporting youth, families, parents, and caregivers.
  • Experience working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team and/or environment.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the Wraparound Intervention Model/Process will be considered an asset. (Training to be provided for High-Fidelity Wraparound Facilitation)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and confidence in role modeling peer and family support.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Experience working in Indigenous or Northern Communities.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours as required.
  • Possess a valid Manitoba driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
  • Produce a satisfactory criminal record, child and adult abuse registry and vulnerable sector checks.
  • Preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples.

Salary is dependant upon qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and two (2) references by 4:00 PM on March 21, 2023 to Shawna Flett at [email protected].

We thank all applicants, only those applicants considered for further review will be contacted.