Reporting to the Guardianship Manager, the Life Long Connections Coordinator supports a strong connection for children in care to their home communities, their culture and their relations. The role assists with the opportunity for children to touch the land of their ancestry and facilitates strong connections with Nations for homecomings, cultural connections and cultural plans. The position also invites Nations into planning for the child, with an emphasis on Permanency. The Lifelong Connections Coordinator is responsible for the Out of Province caseload, developing and overseeing interprovincial agreements, and working in collaboration with Social Workers of the receiving provinces that execute case plans. In addition, at times, may hold a caseload specific to developing permanency plans in community and/or interprovincial planning. The position holds expertise in the application process for Indian Status for children in care and oversees the list of status registration to ensure children entitled attain their registration as well as maintains the program’s band list and co-ordinates applications to Jordon’s Principle.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
- An in-depth knowledge of various First Nations and cultural groups in Canada as well as protocols associated with accessing community contacts and Elders.
- A good knowledge of First Nations service structures including Band Administration, Band Social Worker functions, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and cultural resources in the community.
- The ability to work with VACFSS Staff, Elders and Knowledge Keepers and a practical ability to participate in Indigenous ceremony.
- The knowledge and understanding of Restorative Indigenous Welfare practices and the ability to reframe colonial practice into this model.
- A comprehensive understanding of the Children Family Community Services Act (CFCSA) and VACFSS program policies and their interconnectivity in practice.
- The ability to develop genograms and cultural plans of care.
- The skill to utilize the Integrated Case Management (ICM) and the Management Information System (MIS) and other data basis and complete comprehensive file reviews.
Education and Experience:
- Master of Social Work (MSW) or a Masters degree in a related human services field; or
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); or
- Bachelor of Arts degree or a degree in a related human services field plus two years of related experience in child and family services
- Delegation training up to C4 Level (to be provided).
- Direct experience in various cultural practices and familiarity with First Nations protocols with regard to community and elder engagement
- Training in Mediation and facilitation of sharing circles within a traditional Aboriginal context.
- This position requires Union membership
- This position is open to male and female applicants
- Applicants are required to have a reliable working vehicle and a valid class 5 driver’s license
- For this competition, applications will only be accepted from qualified Indigenous Candidates as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code
- Two years of Delegated experience is preferred
- This position requires the incumbent to be available in the office and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Remote work is unavailable. Participation of the in-office rotational schedule is required