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FIRST NATION BAND REPRESENTATIVE

Website Michipicoten First Nation

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

FIRST NATION BAND REPRESENTATIVE

Michipicoten First Nation (MFN) is a vibrant Anishinaabe community located on the white sands (northeast shores) of Lake Superior near Wawa Ontario. The registered population is approximately 1,275 with 70 citizens living on reserve. With a strong sense of community and cultural identity, Michipicoten First Nation strives to maintain harmony and balance with Mother Earth, neighbouring First Nations and surrounding communities.

The role of the First Nation Band Representative is critical in serving the children and families of Michipicoten First Nation (MFN) and will be a highly motivated individual with exceptional advocacy skills, possessing critical knowledge of the provincial and federal child welfare legislation. This position will act on behalf of MFN as a party under the CYFSA, to advocate for the best interests of children affiliated with MFN and involved with Child Welfare, both on and off reserve.  Flexible hours and ability to travel is required.

The First Nation Band Representative, reports to the Manager, Health & Social Services and works as part of a social team who delivers a suit of intervention and prevention services to Michipicoten citizens. The Incumbent will be competent and knowledgeable in the Anishinaabe culture and plays a key role in partnership with MFN legal, prevention team members, external child welfare agencies and linking families to supports to ensure the rights of children and families are respected throughout the planning process, court proceedings and works to ensure a culturally appropriate disposition of the case. This position requires an adjusted work schedule to accommodate evenings and weekends to provide services when families are available.

Location: 2 positions in Sault Ste. Marie and 1 position in Wawa.

Key Responsibilities
• Represent MFN’s interests in Child Protection Proceedings or Hearings and with Child Welfare Agencies
• Maintain strong knowledge of the Child, Youth & Family Services Act, and the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children, youth and families, the policies, and procedures of the child welfare system and alternative options to apprehensions
• Provide support to MFN citizens and affiliated families that are child welfare involved
• Specific administration duties related to case management

Education & Experience
• Minimum Post-secondary diploma or degree in Social Work, Social Science, or related field
• Minimum three-year experience with a First Nation community in the social services field
• Extensive knowledge and understanding of provincial and federal child welfare legislation
• Knowledge of court proceedings involving child welfare and child welfare agency protection matters
• Direct Experience working with Indigenous families

Qualifications
• Knowledge of and respect for Anishinaabe values, teachings, culture, and traditions is of critical importance
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook
• Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends and travel at minimal notice
• Knowledge of Case Management techniques
• High level of integrity, work ethic and ability to exercise discretion in highly confidential subject matters
• Valid Driver’s License and reliable personal vehicle
• Offer of employment conditional upon satisfactory Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen

Wages: Salary range is between $62,323.35 to $71,881.00 based upon experience and qualifications. Michipicoten offers a shared costs employee benefit package, matching pension benefits, up to fifteen statutory holidays, paid Christmas closures, paid personal leave day and many more intangible benefits related to working with families. Full job description available upon request from Human Resources.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to Human Resources with the position title in the subject line to hr@michipicoten.com no later than December 9th, 2022.

Michipicoten First Nation is dedicated to promoting equity and diversity and serving the interests of their citizens. The successful candidate will be primarily engaged in serving the interests of Michipicoten citizens and will give preference to citizens and Indigenous candidates who possess the necessary qualifications.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@michipicoten.com.

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