Job Posting 64621

Indigenous Women’s Program Coordinator + Reintegration Support Worker
Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton
Edmonton area, Edmonton
closes in 9 days (Wed, 30 Sep)
full time

Position Description: Indigenous Women’s Program Coordinator + Reintegration Support Worker


The Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton (Efry) advances the dignity and worth of women and girls who are criminalized and those considered at risk. EFry recognizes and is deeply concerned about the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in the criminal legal system. As an agency, together with our sisters through the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, we call for important policy and governance reform that will recognize and eliminate the discrimination, victimization, and criminalization of Indigenous women throughout Canada.


On a local level through our Indigenous Women’s Program, we strive to empower Indigenous women in our community to overcome obstacles and barriers in their lives, to (re)connect with Indigenous culture, and to foster self-awareness, independence, and leadership. This program is holistic, utilizing the teachings of the Medicine Wheel.


Program Objectives include but are not limited to: providing supports and advocacy to help women to (re)connect with Indigenous culture, teaching skills and building knowledge to encourage self-sufficiency and healthy decision making, and promoting health and self-care. This program supports women to seek release from imprisonment at the earliest possible eligibility, to reintegrate successfully in the community and build important systems of support along the way. 


Program Goals:

  • Encourage Indigenous women to reconnect with their culture and to develop a sense of themselves as Indigenous peoples.
  • Assist Indigenous women to break the cycle of violence and abuse for themselves and their children.
  • Provide crime prevention programming and supports to help Indigenous women to live as valued members of our community.
  • Support women’s reintegration and rehabilitation.


Program Delivery (programming will need to be offered virtually, or over the phone, instead of in-person for the time being)


1) Supports for Indigenous Women

  • Identify, implement and coordinate cultural programs (including but not limited to smudging, sharing circles, medicine picking, and ceremonies) both in person and virtually
  • Through programs and services, promote health and wellbeing of the women to develop protective factors.
  • Conduct programming with Indigenous women who are incarcerated in Edmonton.


2) Community Liaison

  • Act as a liaison with the Indigenous community for support, resources, and referrals.
  • Liaise with Indigenous Elders in the community for guidance, direction, and teachings for clients.
  • Foster knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and enact the TRC’s Calls to Action in daily programming.
  • Provide cultural awareness for staff and clients.


3) Indigenous Craft Program

  • Develop and implement an Indigenous Women’s Craft Program that will include traditional craft teachings. Emphasize business development teachings so that women can learn to promote and sell their arts and crafts as a means to support themselves and their families.


4) Traditional Parenting Program

  • Offer a five day Traditional Parenting workshop three or four times per year for women in our community and women who are institutionalized


Skills, Education and Other Qualifications


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture, including but not limited to Traditional Parenting practices and ceremonies.
  • Awareness of Indigenous communities, resources, and individuals.
  • At least two years’ experience working in a professional setting.
  • Post-secondary education in the humanities (social work, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, etc.) is preferred.


This position is fulltime (35 hours per week). Starting salary is based on our board approved salary grid.

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