Elder In-Residence
Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council

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Posted: 09-16-2020

Closes: 12-16-2020


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Section 1 – Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Elder In-Residence is responsible for supporting the spiritual and emotional needs of YAWC staff, board members, and clientele and sharing traditional knowledge and teachings in a manner consistent with the vision of YAWC.

Section 2 - Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Position duties and responsibilities generally consist of the following:
a) Delivers culturally relevant and inclusive spiritual and emotional support by:
• Engaging and corresponding respectfully and compassionately with YAWC staff, board members, and clientele who may have experienced trauma and feel isolated and alone.
• Delivering confidential mentoring sessions with clientele, in-person or virtually via phone or video conference.
• Working with YAWC support staff to schedule sessions, follow-up with clients, and stay current on community referral support services.

b) Shares traditional knowledge and teachings by:
• Using their experiences and knowledge to identify engaging activities and teach specific traditional skills (e.g., beadwork, medicine use, tanning).
• Working with YAWC support staff, keep record of lessons learned and share tips for self-care through video-recordings or stories.
• Assisting YAWC staff in program evaluation and monitoring clientele success.

Section 3 – Desired Job Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Must be 60 years or older or considered an Elder in their own First Nation community in Yukon or northern BC. Significant experience in communication, teaching, mentoring, case management, grief/trauma counseling or another related field. Experience working in a helper, non-judgmental, and compassionate capacity, one-on-one with vulnerable people, and under strictly confidential conditions. Experience leading cultural activities. Experience working independently and as part of a team to meet an organization's objectives. A combination of skills and experience will be considered.

Job Knowledge:
• Lived experience and knowledge of Yukon and/or northern BC First Nation cultural values, traditions, protocols, and stories.
• Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns of Indigenous issues, family group dynamics, and goals for resiliency.
• Knowledge of YAWC history, culture, goals and objectives.

Specific Skills:
• Ability to comfortably work with clientele who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and assess when it is safe to do so.
• Ability to case-manage and identify the need to refer clientele to community support services.
• Ability to organize cultural activities.
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to use and troubleshoot phone and video conferencing, email and word processing software and equipment or willingness to learn.
• Current First Aid and CPR Level C (an asset).

Interpersonal Skills:
• Strong supporting skills.
• Excellent verbal and/or written communication skills.
• Collaborate with staff and maintain positive relationships.
• Uphold integrity, confidentiality, and respect.
• Conflict resolution skills (an asset).

The job is located in the YAWC office in Whitehorse or remotely in the home community in Yukon or northern BC.

Contact Information: Claudia Riveros

Apply with resume and references:
By Email: yawcdir@northwestel.net

For More Information Contact: Claudia Riveros
By Phone: (867)667-6162



Positions open: 3
Hours per Week: 10 to 20 hours per week
Wage: $30 per hour

Part Time Term

Application Process

Applicants must include:
  • Resume
  • References

Apply to: Claudia Riveros