Job Posting 87917

Iskweu Coordinator
The Native Women's Shelter of Montreal
Montreal Metro area
Downtown Montreal
closed 12 days ago (Fri, 23 Sep)
full time  •  $29/hour

Title:   Iskweu Coordinator

Work location:  Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and travel as needed

Type of position: Full Time

Salary: $29/hour

Hiring priorities: Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates 


Job description:

The coordinator must speak English and French Fluently.        

The coordinator will lead a project that is aimed at reducing and ultimately eradicating the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the province of Quebec and, in the meantime, reducing barriers to accessing supports and receiving adequate response from institutions that have historically discriminated against them. In order to do so, the project will aim to build trust and reduce barriers between police forces and Indigenous women and their families by providing coordination, prevention, and referral services. This includes taking action, together with partners, to address the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women at the municipal and provincial level as well as to provide concrete services to Indigenous women and their families as they navigate policing services.

The coordinator will work to advance equality for Indigenous women in the province by documenting trends in cases and responses to missing Indigenous women and girls. As a result, we hope to set a precedent for best practices in responding to the crisis. By working closely with Indigenous communities in the province, the project aims for Indigenous women and communities to have an increased understanding of issues of violence and safety and how to respond to them. The project will work with victims’ families, partners and key stakeholders to identify mechanisms, procedures and key learnings to develop recommendations, which can be shared throughout Canada.


Roles and responsibilities:

  1. Build and expand upon existing partnerships with SPVM (Montreal police) investigators and Aboriginal Liaison Officers from this and other police forces, as well as Indigenous organizations in Montreal. Build relationships with relevant stakeholders and become familiarized with existing support services in Indigenous communities throughout the province.
  2. Build relationships with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women to offer support, empowerment, and accompaniment if needed. Address economic, social, and institutional barriers that prevent the families from accessing support and following ongoing investigations by: referral to appropriate services, advocacy with police, empowerment of families to navigate support systems, address geographic and language barriers to accessing support, creating links between families who are often in isolation, working with police forces to address procedural barriers (for example, ensuring that Indigenous women’s cases are prioritized and linked with the Aboriginal Liaison

Officer of the SPVM), and provide other emotional supports and resources to families as needed.


  1. Formalize and implement the procedure that will be used by the SPVM and community partners in the case of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The procedure will be based on needs expressed by Indigenous women and organizations.


  1. Create a welcome kit for when Indigenous women and men arrive in Montreal. Develop and distribute prevention and information materials throughout Indigenous communities in Quebec on safety issues and resources for Indigenous women in the city.


  1. Participate in knowledge sharing and data collection with communities across Canada.


Qualifications, skills:

  • Bilingualism (French, English) mandatory, Indigenous language an asset
  • Post-secondary degree in social work, social sciences, or other related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in front line work and/or project coordination
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Montreal’s Indigenous community
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity, and understanding of Indigenous histories including the effects of colonialism, residential schools, sixties’ scoop, and missing and murdered Indigenous women
  • Ability to navigate challenging systems and understanding of police culture
  • Experience writing funding applications an asset


Personal attributes

  • Outgoing
  • Personable
  • Empathetic
  • Self-motivated
  • Resourceful
  • Organized
  • Able to prioritize
  • Diplomatic
  • Perseverant
  • Resilient


Position to begin on: As soon as possible


Interested candidates should send their cover letter, résumé and two letters of reference by September 16th, 2022 to:



Executive Director
Native Women's Shelter of Montreal




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