The Indigenous Mentor will support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people by increasing access to supports and activities through the Friendship Centre in support of overall well being. They will work one-on-one and in groups engaging Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people in a community-driven research process to self-define wellbeing and explore ways that Friendship Centres and surrounding communities can support sense of belonging.
Learning and wise practices of the work carried out by the Indigenous Mentor will be shared with OFIFC to inform the development and expansion of positive spaces for all gender identities, gender expressions, sexualities, as well as roles and responsibilities within Friendship Centres. The project will be a part of a collaboration between M'Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre and the OFIFC to identify and share effective practices and strategies to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people in Friendship Centre communities.
Strong Analytical Thinking
Collaborative Team Player
Planning and Organising
Develop a stengths-based action plan to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people that is informed by their needs;
Supports Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people by providing one-to-one and participant-based services;
Promotes awareness and ensure access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts and promotional activities;
Coordinate relevant project activities that provide ongoing Friendship Centre and community-based supports or Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people;
Integrate Indigenous cultural approaches to the planning and delivery of the project;
Build strategic relationships with local organizations and schools (if applicable) to foster alignment between them and the Friendship Centre in supporting Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people;
Review existing tools and wise practices used to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ young people and integrate these into daily activities, where applicable;
Regularly communicate with the 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;
Regularly provide reporting updates and maintain client files in alignment with Friendship centre policy;
Review project supportive materials provided by the OFIFC research team;
Annual attendance of knowledge-sharing gatherings - to identify and share wise practices across the province;
Other responsibilities as required.
*Lived experience as Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQ+ identified Indigenous 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 emphasis on the mipacts of trauma, Indigenous youth engagement and community outreach;
Interest and/or experience in storytelling, arts-based activities such as crafting, visual art, theatre, singing, dancing, etc.;
Experience in planning activities and documenting events and activities in a variety of formats;
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
Ability to work independently and within a team;
Excellent organizational skills;
Excellent networking and facilitation skills;
Proficiency in applicable software programs is an asset (Microsoft Office); and
Satisfactory vulnerable sector check.
Please forward your resume and cover letter, in WORD or PDF format by FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Only successful, short-listed candidates will be contacted.