Big Grassy First Nation Community Care Program-Cultural Coordinator


Under the supervision of the Director of Nanaadawewinan, the Cultural Coordinator will work within a culturally competent system of care and as such will acknowledge and incorporate, at all levels, the importance of culture, the expansion of cultural knowledge, and the overall vision of Weechi-It-Te-Win Family Services.

The Cultural Coordinator acts as a primary cultural resource to Weechi-it-te-win and the Ganawendaasowin Family Healing Program.  The Cultural Coordinator is responsible for the care of the sacred items carried by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.  The Cultural Coordinator is the primary contact person for the WFS Elders Council and is responsible for coordination of council meetings and implementation of decisions made by the elders.

Additionally, the Cultural Coordinator is the primary cultural resource for the Ganawendaasowin Family Healing Program.  The Cultural Coordinator provides and coordinates all land-based programs, cultural teachings, and ceremonies for the families that participate in the program.

The Cultural Coordinator will support the enhancement of positive and strong cultural identity of the agency, its workers, and clientele we serve by regularly-scheduled cultural events. This is done to facilitate preservation and promotion of traditional practices within member First Nations.

The Cultural Coordinator will be of Anishinaabe decent with demonstrated knowledge, understanding of, and personal commitment to the Anishinaabe way of life. Additionally, the Cultural Coordinator will have the commitment and ability to guide and support other aboriginal people in their desires and efforts to embrace Anishinaabe values and traditions.

The role of the Cultural Coordinator is based on establishing a trusting relationship with families and individuals in order to help and support them and as such will not undertake protection responsibilities within the team.

This is a contract term position

Primary Qualifications:       

A knowledge holder with an appreciation of Anishinaabe cultural beliefs, values, norms, ceremony, teachings and a commitment to continued learning and participation

Anishinaabe person with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and personal commitment to, the Anishinaabe Ceremonial Ways of Life;

Must be fluent in the English and Ojibwe languages and possess an ability to communicate with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds;

Personal knowledge of basic teachings in the care of a traditional drum, pipe and sacred eagle staff;

Must possess demonstrated planning, organizational and liaison skills and be willing to demonstrate accountability to WFS policies, procedures and relevant legislation;

Must pass a criminal reference check and/or vulnerable sector screen;

Must be alcohol and drug free, living a “good life” for a period of at least two years;

Ability to travel to the area First Nations and work flexible hours as required and requested;

Valid Ontario drivers license, and use of own vehicle for travel purposes;

Abides by the terms and conditions of the Nanadamoowin Policy;

The Cultural Coordinator will be required to complete training from Weechi-it-te-win Family Services prior to commencement of employment.


Salary: Commensurate with experience. PFT  3-month probationary period.

 This position is full time with a 3-month probationary period.  POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY!

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Application Deadline is Friday, July 19th 2019, 12:00 noon.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Please send resume along with three work related references to:

Paul Duguay – Human Resource Officer             or drop off at:          Big Grassy Band Office

Big Grassy River First Nation                                                                     410 Anishinabe Way

P.O. Box 414                                                                                     Big Grassy River F.N.

Morson, Ontario P0W 1J0

Fax – 807-488-5533                                                      

Please note: Applications will be shortlisted in accordance with qualifications and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

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