Indigenous communities have been impacted by a legacy of policies and practices that have obscured cultural knowledge. This has left a void in Urban Indigenous communities as many people don’t have access to our stories, traditional knowledge, and ceremonies.
As a way to bridge that gap and help the community members connect or reconnect to ceremonies, stories, and cultural knowledge, we ensure our Mental Wellness and Addictions team has access to traditional knowledge keepers who can support community members to connect to their culture and in their personal healing journey.
Wabano is looking for someone who has spent time learning from Elders and Knowledge Keepers to fill in the role of Cultural Grandmother. The Cultural Grandmother would bring an in-depth understanding of the culture, stories, and ceremonies.
You are the right person for this role if you are Indigenous, understand how to communicate cultural teachings, and live by the 7 grandfather teachings in your work. Moreover, you also thoroughly enjoy helping community members as they connect to culture in their unique journeys of wellness.
Reporting to Wabano’s Director of Mental Wellness and Addictions Services, the Cultural Grandmother will be working on these main areas:
Client Service & Support
The Cultural Grandmother/Knowledge Keeper supports Wabano and the community by:
Ensure that community and individual interactions are documented as per the culture codes in the database:
Support the Centre with organizing:
We are looking for an individual who will bring cultural knowledge and support to the Wabano team. In addition, they will also have:
Range $50,000 – $55,000 per year + Benefits
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials include a cover letter and resume. This opportunity will remain open until filled, so tell us your story early!
Successful applicants will be required to provide a criminal reference check to work with a vulnerable population.
Wabano is an inclusive and equitable organization, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry (please self-identify in your application).
Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.