Position: Abinoojii Inakonigiwin Youth Advocate
Job Type: Part Time (3days per week, total of 19.5 hours)
Duration: July 2021 to March 2022
Location: Grand Council Treaty #3 Administration Office, Kenora ON
Closing Date: Open until filled
Under the supervision of the Social Policy Analyst, the AI Youth Advocate will enhance the voice of Treaty#3 Youth with lived experience. The role is to ensure that Abinoojii Inakonigiwin implementation is inclusive of the
perspectives of children and youth. The role has a primary focus on advocacy, acting similar to an ombudsman where youth can approach and where their issues and needs are supported, recommendations are identified for the AI technicians as well as for leadership of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 and external governments in relation to development of policy; review of policy; change of policy to improve the lives and experiences of Treaty#3 youth.
• Support Treaty#3 youth, especially youth transitioning out of care.
• Build relationships with youth across the Treaty#3 territory, Ontario and Manitoba.
• Connect and establish connections with child care agencies and service bodies who provide services in
Treaty#3 to Treaty#3 children/youth/families who may be involved in current care systems.
• Support and empower children and youth to share their lived experiences so that best practices or issues
can be brought to child care agencies; service bodies; Treaty#3 leadership.
• AI Youth Advocate to attend TWG meetings; Social Chiefs meetings; Senior Officials meetings.
• AI Youth Advocate to also work with other technical units to find collaborate and problem solve complex
• During an emergency epidemic/pandemic situation, job duties will be reviewed and reassigned
• All other related duties assigned by supervisor and Leadership of GCT#3.
• Post-secondary degree in a relevant field.
• Lived experience within child welfare system.
• Knowledge of Grand Council Treaty#3; Treaty#3 First Nations; Treaty#3 child care agencies and organizations.
• Knowledge of Abinoojii Inakonigiwin.
• Candidates must be youth aged 18-30.
• Proficient use of various office based software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point),
online video-conferencing platforms (Zoom, Blue Jeans, Microsoft team).
• An understanding of the Anishinaabe language, culture and traditions.
• Ability to work with all levels of employees and departments.
• Ability to provide professional customer service.
• Communicate effectively and diplomatically orally and in writing.
• Proven skill to format and draft correspondence, forms, reports, and proposals.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task.
• Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.
Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• An Anishinaabe background. Applicants that have prior knowledge of Anishinaabe Worldview; have a basic understanding of the Ojibwe language and understand the Anishinaabe protocols and customs.
• Experience communicating and building relationships with Treaty 3 communities.
• Must have valid driver’s license, in good standing and a reliable vehicle.
• Must have a clear criminal records/vulnerable sector check is required upon hiring.
• Must be able to travel on short notice.
• Travel may be required within Kenora and surrounding areas.
• Busy office setting and repetitive work.
• Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
• Interacts with public at large.
• Overtime may be required.
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to the attention of:
Oluyinka Leigh, Human Resource Manager
Grand Council Treaty #3
P.O Box 1720
Kenora, Ontario P9N 3X7
We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest in this position, however only those being considered will be contacted. At Grand Council Treaty #3, we value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, advise Human Resources when applying for the position.
Job type: Contract