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Serpent River First Nation

Cultural Coordinator

POSTED: 10 months ago
Serpent River First Nation
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Closing Date:
September 30, 2023
Job Description:
Position Summary:
The Cultural Coordinator's role is to support and encourage Anishinabe identity. The Cultural Coordinator will help Serpent River gain awareness of who we are as Serpent River First nation and who we were and what language customs and traditions we practice. The Cultural Coordinator will conduct and/or coordinate community ceremonies as well as coordinate annual cultural events which include but are not limited to: Pow-Wow, Round Dance and Fall Harvest.

Position Duties
- Share teachings to the community through the support of those that possess the knowledge such as elders and or teachers & teachings throughout our territory.
- Promote community connections and cultural retention, with the elders aNd the knowledge keepers to be utilized as possible speakers. Ensure a strong cultural presence within the Serpent River First Nation community
- Promote healthy development in the areas of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
- Provide Cultural advice across the range of programs and services available at the Serpent River First Nation.
- Work closely with the relevant Cultural Committees as directed by the Director of Social Services and Culture
- Support Serpent River First Nations departments in all aspects related to culture as requested by the department heads
- Promotes Anishinaabemowin and creates learning opportunities for staff and members of the First Nation
- Facilitate the processing, planning and coordinating the implementation of the cultural components into our community that deals with the cultural Activities.
- Work to administer and provide workshops, coordinate initiatives related to the cultural traditions, demonstrate and organize cultural events that move us towards the betterment of the community.
- Liaising with elders' children and youth representatives of the First Nation.
- Ensure that traditions are being honored including, but not limited to: elder medicine wheel and its healing practices, sacred groundskeeper, Ceremonies/sweat lodge, grandfather and grandmother teachings, provide cultural sensitivity training for staff, counsel as well as the community
- Assist in the planning and preparing for the Pow Wow
- Coordinates and supports volunteers at all cultural events
- Develops safety plans for all cultural events and ensures the health and safety of members at such events
- Provide activity reports and financial statements for expenditures & wrap up expenditure report
- Work within First Nation policies
- Develop and introduce programs and services to enhance culture, language and traditions to the First Nation's children/youth/adults and elders, ensure a sharing of information on the sacred fires/medicines/ 4 solstices, ceremonies and spiritual undertakings.
- Must be connected to elders, spiritual resources and actively involved with Aboriginal culture and spirituality.
- Prepare, plan, and implement all cultural programming and activities for the youth, adults and staff.
- Create and utilize networks within and external of the First Nation for cultural support for the youth and residents as necessary.
- Attend and participate in meetings for staff, managers, and others as required.
- Lead or participate in traditional or spiritual practices for meetings or activities as required.
- Is responsible for the annual planning of all cultural activities to support the creation of an annual SRFN Calendar of Events
- Other duties as assigned

Required Skills:
- Post-Secondary Diploma in the area of Native Studies or Indigenous Studies is considered an asset
- 2 years' experience of sharing Native culture, tradition, and practices with elders and the sharing and learning of traditions
- Experience in budgeting and financial management
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Knowledge of Anishinaabemowin and willing to work towards proficiency of the language
- Functional technical skills in office equipment and computer software i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other related software
- Be knowledgeable of Pow Wow etiquette and Aboriginal cultures and traditions
- Valid Ontario Driver's Licence and willing to travel
- First Aid and CPR Certification
- Must provide a criminal reference check
- Good organizational skills.
- Be able to work a flexible schedule (ie. Pow wow)
- WHMIS certification or ability to obtain within the first three months of employment.
- Developed interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with the general public management and employees.
- Must provide proof of COVID vaccination (two doses)
- Knowledge of the 7 grandfather teachings


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