Early Years Mi’kmaw Cultural Support Coordinator

Position Type : full-time

Closing Date : Wednesday, October 26, 2022 by 4:30 p.m.

Tajikeimɨk, in partnership with the Martin Family Initiative, is seeking an Early Years Mi’kmaw Cultural Support Coordinator. Reporting to the Early Years Program Development Coordinator, and the Director of Policy and Planning for Tajikeimɨk, this position will support the implementation of culture, language, ceremony and traditional Mi’kmaw knowledge into Early Years programs across Nova Scotia.

What you’ll do:

  • Build relationships with Elders and Knowledge Keepers across Nova Scotia who are interested in embedding culture, language and ceremony in the Early Years Programs
  • Establish, oversee and coordinate an Early Years Elders and Knowledge Keepers Advisory Committee
  • Support on-going cultural activities, ceremonies, gatherings and knowledge building for the Early Years Programs staff and community participants
  • Engage Mi’kmaw Elders and community Knowledge Holders to adapt program materials during program development
  • Prepare and co-facilitate training and professional development for all Early Years staff
  • Engage on training and learning resource development related to the EY-1 Understanding the Early Years course

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong lived experience and knowledge of Mi’kmaw culture and language
  • Experience working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Experience working with, establishing, and leading groups
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated, organized, with problem solving skills
  • Team player, with the ability to work independently
  • Passion, personal alignment, and commitment to Mi’kmaw health and wellness through self-determination over health resources

Your qualifications:

  • Degree in related field (Early Childhood, Education, Social Work) or equivalent lived experience
  • Fluency in the Mi’kmaw language
  • Hold a Nova Scotia driver’s license and willing to travel in Nova Scotia

Location: Millbrook, Nova Scotia or Membertou, Nova Scotia
to be negotiated based on experience.

If you are a highly creative individual, seeking an exciting position in a dynamic environment where you can make a difference, Tajikeimɨk is looking for you. Please email your resume and cover letter, in confidence, by October 26, 2022:

Email: mfrancis@themfi.ca
Attention: Nova Scotia Early Years Program Development Coordinator

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Organizations: Tajikeimɨk and the Martin Family Initiative

Tajikeimɨk | Mi’kmaw Health and Wellness is the new and developing health and wellness authority being created to lead health transformation on behalf of Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia. In collaboration with Chiefs, Grand Council, and Health Directors, Tajikeimɨk will build on and evolve the health and wellness services and programs used by Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia; improve health service delivery; and strengthen coordination with Federal and Provincial health system partners—with the goal of improving overall health for Mi’kmaq and communities.

The Martin Family Initiative (MFI) is a registered Canadian charity committed to improving education, health and overall well-being outcomes for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in Canada. In partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations, and educational institutions, MFI co-creates programming that weaves together trailblazing science, lived experience, common sense and traditional ways of knowing and being. MFI prioritizes constant collaboration with partners in order to ensure programming is designed to fit a specific community or organization’s needs. Early childhood, literacy and entrepreneurship and mentoring are the current focus areas of MFI programming.

MFI’s Early Years supports Indigenous innovation, resilience and know-how by working with communities and organizations to co-develop programming that optimizes early childhood development. The special connection a baby has with their caregivers builds attachment, creates a strong sense of identity and opens the door for lifelong learning.

Elukuti’kw wjit Naji-Wlo’ltinenew Utanminal. ~ We are working toward better health for all in our communities.

Join us on this journey

Community organizations and members will have opportunities to help shape and develop health and wellness programs and service priorities for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. Stay up to date with progress by following us on social media.

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