Indian Residential School (IRS) Health Support Worker


The Indian Residential School - Resolution Support Worker will provide services to residential school survivors and their families in areas of cultural and emotional support, and will also serve as a liaison for KO community IRS survivors and the Canada Federal Government.


1. Provides support to IRS survivors and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) including Common Experience Payments (CEP), Independent Assessment Process (IAP), Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events, and commemorative activities.

2. Developing annual work-plans to reflect community priorities, and preparing quarterly activity reporting which includes but not limited to:

• Demographics of participants in IRS activities.
• Number of events organized, outcomes and community feedback.
• Number of trips made to communities and clarifying purpose.

3. Conduct community needs assessments in cultural practices and teachings to determine areas in need of growth or development .e.g. Child raising, family lifestyle, language learning, etc.

4. Refer IRS survivors to Health Canada IRS-RHSP or KO Mental Health for counseling as necessary, and client case management.

5. Work collaboratively with community health staff to establish a local support network (IRS committee) amongst survivors in KO communities.

6. Build a working relationship with other IRS workers nationally to develop a forum for discussion of best practices and sharing of approach and experiences.

7. Accompany and provide emotional support to IRS survivors at Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Hearings and Truth and Reconciliation Commission events as necessary.

8. Travels extensively to remote northern communities to fulfill these responsibilities.

a) Plans, organizes and coordinates gatherings and other opportunities to promote healing and wellness of residential school survivors and their families.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. College diploma or the equivalent in knowledge, skills and abilities in counselling, social work or health provision to client group.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and abilities in a range of cultural practices and pursuits indigenous to the KO communities.

3. Minimum of three years of experience working with community Aboriginal Mental Health, or IRS survivors.

4. Ability to speak Oji-Cree or Ojibway will be an asset.

5. Computer proficiency in using Microsoft office applications.

6. Ability to prepare reports and deliver presentations.

7. Willingness to travel to remote communities in smaller aircrafts

8. Ability to obtain a personal security background check.

Mode of Application:

Please submit you resume in person at the KO office on, 8 Mine Road – Balmertown
Or forward to:

Deadline: September 8, 2017.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak
Job Location: 
POINT (-93.7427579 51.0573419)
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 16:00