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Band Representative

Closing Date: May 26, 2024 12:00 pm
Type: Salary

Purpose and Scope:

Under the direction of the Band Representative Manager, the Band Representative is a highly motivated individual with exceptional advocacy skills, possessing the knowledge of the Ontario Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) and its application for the First Nation and its members. The Band Representative acts on behalf of the First Nation as a party in the Court Proceedings involving the First Nation’s children and youth under CYFSA. The role of the Band Representative is to protect the collective best interest of the First Nation’s children and to ensure a culturally appropriate disposition of the case. The Band Representative ensures that every notification from Child Welfare Agency is responded to within the required time.

Major Responsibilities:

General Activities: Depending on the particular case, the Band Representative may undertake the following range of activities, as provided by the CYFSA:
• To liaise with other First Nation Band Representatives, Agencies and Legal Counsel
• Accompany Children’s Aid Service Workers during investigations in Fort William First Nation territory
• Ensure that Fort William First Nation members are fully aware of their rights in child welfare proceedings
• Develop a working relationship with all Child and Family Services and CAS engaged with Fort William First Nation Members
• Develop and implement protocols with Child and Family Services and CAS engaged with Fort William First Nation Members
• Liaises with the Fort William First Nation and the CAS
• Liaises with the Fort William First Nation member families and the CAS
• Provides family support services that promotes the culture and aspirations of the Fort William First Nation
• Supports identified community and family placements for Fort William First Nations Children and Youth

Mandatory Qualifications:
• A minimum, Post-Secondary Diploma in Social Work/Law Clerk/Child and Youth Worker or related field
• A minimum of 3 years of social services experience with First Nations
We appreciate all applications. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and own a vehicle
• Must provide a criminal reference and vulnerable sector check.

Additional Qualifications:
• Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the First Nation’s interest in Child, Youth and Family Services Acts (Ontario) and proceedings involving the First Nation’s children
• Able to interpret legislation and legal documents
• Knowledge of Case Management techniques
• Strong written and oral skills
• Strong negotiation skills, techniques and advocacy
• Willing to work flexible hours and travel with minimal notice
• Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential subject matter
• Strong computer skills with experience using word processing software

Considered an Asset:
• Full understanding of Customary Care
• Experience with alternative dispute resolution
• Experience within a multi-disciplinary team approach
• Experience working with children, youth and families

Salary: To be determined.

Job Posting Closing Date: Applications, consisting of a cover letter and resume with three (3) references, must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Please direct your application to the attention of:
Human Resources- Recruitment
Ph: 807-623-9543 Fax: 807-623-5190

Email: jobs@fwfn.com
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