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Your Opportunity:

The Elder reports to Awasisak Team Lead in the development, delivery, and evaluation of activities identified as priorities of the Awasisak Indigenous Health Department. In Indigenous ways of knowing the incumbent is seen as equivalent to a Degree or Master’s level of education. This position provides spiritual, mental and emotional guidance for Stollery pediatric patients and families through direct provision of spiritual, educational and cultural support through counseling, coordinating and delivering ceremonial healing events on a regular and patient-requested basis, including (but not limited to) smudging, prayers, other medicinal ceremonies in order to facilitate healing. The Elder provides emotional, mental, spiritual and practical support to pediatric patients and their parents while children are within the Stollery Children’s Hospital as an Inpatient or Outpatient. The Elder is a role model, coach, mentor, guide and connector. This position provides a wide range of cultural support to all program areas within the Stollery. The position is available to provide support, guidance, advice, and encouragement to all Stollery staff, volunteers, children, youth and their families and communities. To assist in fulfilling AHS vision: Healthy Albertans, Healthy Communities, Together, the Elder works to facilitate a positive, respectful, and culturally appropriate environment, while breaking down stigmas, and systemic barriers. Staff are supported by the Elder to perform their duties in a way that incorporates services rooted in strong cultural values.


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  • Classification: Advisor
  • Union: Exempt
  • Department: Awasisak Indigenous Health Prg
  • Primary Location: Stollery Children's Hospital
  • Negotiable Location: Within Edmonton Zone
  • Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 27-OCT-2021
  • Date Available: 06-NOV-2021
  • Temporary End Date: 30-JUN-2022
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 5
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Other
  • Minimum Salary: $28.20
  • Maximum Salary: $48.45
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable
Required Qualifications:

Experience working with Indigenous children, youth and their families. Experience facilitating group training. Experience executing a program or project with multiple interdependent partners. Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external partners in a respectful and collaborative manner. Broad knowledge of Indigenous history and cultures within Alberta High degree of cultural competence as it relates to working with Indigenous people. Traditional Indigenous (cultural preparation is based in oral cultures and not measured by diplomas and degrees) traditionally earned understanding about Indigenous cultural beliefs, values, customs, traditions, healing ways, ceremonies, traditional medicines and protocols. Bachelor or Master’s level of Social Work, Sciences, or Indigenous Studies required/equivalency will be considered. A solid understanding of and sensitivity to the experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada, and the impact of the legacy of Residential Schools and the “Sixties Scoop” upon them is essential. Three (3) years’ experience in a social or health services organizations developing and delivering cultural programs and services.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent conflict resolution skills. Excellent problem solving skills. Excellent organizational skills. Excellent time management skills. Excellent computer skills with MS Office software. Ability to manage multiple priorities. Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Ability to take initiative, meet deadlines and work flexible hours. Ability and willingness to support both traditional and contemporary healing practices. Ability to display a positive and helpful attitude. Ability to use good judgment in assessing difficult situations. Ability to guide and support individuals in their desires and efforts to embrace their Indigenous values and traditions. Ability to work with confidential and sensitive information. Ability to understand and speak Cree, Dene or any other Indigenous language in Treaty 6 or 8 territory is a definite asset. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally, and in writing. High level of interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a number of multidisciplinary teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of AHS Indigenous programs and services. Respect for, sensitivity towards as well as knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, religions, traditions and beliefs. Participates in consultations with Stollery nurses, physicians, and allied professionals to provide traditional teachings and healing practices. Ability to travel across Alberta; occasionally in remote areas with no public transport.

Please note:

All postings close at 23:59 of the posting end date indicated.

Hiring Requirements:

The following must be provided prior to your first day of work:

Security Screening: Satisfactory criminal record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Search. Additionally, all employees have an ongoing duty to disclose any charges or convictions that may occur during their employment with AHS.

COVID-19 Immunization: Proof of full immunization against COVID-19. Full immunization status is achieved when 14 days have passed after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or the first dose of a single-dose vaccine. See our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

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