Department: Protection Services
Apply By: January 18, 2024

Job Summary

Under the Director of Protection Services and reporting to the Casework Supervisor of Protection Services, this position will be responsible for child-specific and family finding recruitment with the goal of permanence for children and families of Mistawasis Nehiyawak. The caseworker will be expected to assist Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) and Ministry of Social Services (MSS) in the case planning of children with in-care status and/or repatriation and placement with their natural families or significant other as indicated in section 16 & 17 under Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families. Also, the continuum of care model to support Nêhiyawak child rearing laws and the traditional concept of balance with emphasis on protection and early intervention strategies that are in the best interests of the child.

The Caseworker of Protection Services will also be a key team member in support of developing operational capacity relating to protection services through research, policy development and related forms to align with strategic objectives for child well-being and protection services as Mistawasis moves forward with asserting jurisdiction pursuant to Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides input into the design and amendment of program policies that meet both legislative, strategic and community requirements. Strives for the promotion of family and spiritual harmony by prioritizing positive family support and intervention.
  • Identifies emerging trends and needs affecting the Mistawasis Nêhiyawak children and families and ensuring CFS programs are responsive to these.
  • Participates on committees as required.
  • Through the use of technology, file research, genograms, family research tools and interviews, the caseworker will responsible to assist STC and MSS in:
    -Build on existing relationships.
    -Promote stability for children and youth
    -Provide viable options to admission to care
    -Enable continuity of relationships between family/community members and the child/youth
    -Maintain integrity of children and youths connections to aboriginal and other relevant cultural groups
    -Engage the extended family and/or community in the permanency planning earlier in the process and explore opportunities for life-long connection for older youth in need of support

Competencies

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Nêhiyawak traditional child rearing laws, Bill C-92 and other applicable legislation.
  • Case management best practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective
    working relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience managing clientele, providing mentorship, coaching and performance feedback with the ability to motivate others in a collaborative team environment.

Qualifications

  • A completed Bachelor of Indigenous/Indian Social Work (BISW) or Bachelor of Social Worker (BSW) and/or other human services degree.
  • Ability to be a registered member of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Must produce a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening as a condition of employment.
  • Must lead a healthy, drug and alcohol free life-style.

Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications along with three (3) references to:

Mistawasis Nêhiyawak
Box 250
Leask, Sask. S0J 1M0

Email: hr@mistawasis.ca
Fax: (306) 466-2299

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.