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Employment Opportunity: Survivors Healing Supports Program Coordinator – SCOINC

Press Release

April 5, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Survivors Healing Supports Program Coordinator. This Survivors Healing Supports Program (SHSP) will support Indian Residential School/Indian Day School, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors and their families in their journeys of healing and commemoration while honouring the children who never made it home.


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

The SHSP Coordinator is a valuable member of the SCO Team who works with southern First Nation citizens and communities, connecting Indian Residential School/Indian Day School (IRS/IDS), MMIGW2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors and their families with culturally safe and trauma-informed supports. The SHSP Coordinator will work to increase cohesion in service provision through supporting specialized services and activities, commemorative events, and wellness initiatives, as well as efficient triage of services to SCO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team.

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to the Survivor Healing Supports Program (SHSP) Lead, the Program Coordinator will oversee three staff and will assist in the coordination, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of activities related to the SHSP. The Program Coordinator will also collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that the program is delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.

  • Function as primary point of contact and assist the Program Lead with the Survivor Healing Supports Program (SHSP).
  • Organize work plans containing tasks, milestones, deliverables, timelines, and evaluation.
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to organize, coordinate, implement and track progress of the program.
  • Organize SCO commemorative events to honour IRS/IDS, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System, and Intergenerational Trauma Survivors.
  • Provide assistance at community events and gatherings in which wellness supports for IRS/IDS, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Survivors and their families may be needed, which may include connecting Survivors and family members to the SCO Mobile Crisis Response Team.
  • Assist in organizing and participate in community commemorative activities of significance to IRS/IDS, MMIWG2S+, 60’s Scoop, Child Welfare System and Intergenerational Survivors and their families.
  • Catalogue healing and wellness programs and services available for Survivors and their families, including traditional Anishinaabe and Dakota healing and wellness community, regional and provincial initiatives.
  • Lead SHSP team in debriefing after activities, events, and gatherings.
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications Department to develop outreach materials.
  • Develop trusted relationships with community health teams, wellness service providers and community members.
  • Provide Program Lead with progress updates and create presentations and reports on activities for a variety of audiences.
  • Maintain records of program materials, activities, and budget statements to document milestones and expenses.
  • Professionally represent SCO while working with external partners.
  • Monitor on-going work and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Compile and analyze program data and information to produce progress annual reports.


  • Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, or related field/discipline is required. A combination of equivalent education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in program or project coordination.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of colonization, Indian Residential and Day Schools, the 60’s Scoop, MMIG2S+, the Child Welfare System, and intergenerational trauma.
  • Appreciate of the significance of Anishinaabe or Dakota ancestral teachings, languages, songs, and ceremonies in prompting health and wellness.
  • Knowledge of Anishinaabe or Dakota community protocols as they pertain to traditional gathering and events.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care.
  • Knowledge of the health delivery landscape and interjurisdictional issues as they relate to First Nations.
  • Recent event planning experience.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality reports and presentations of diverse audiences with the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and respectfully.
  • Ability to problem solve and think critically with strong attention to detail.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in working with the internet, Windows platforms and Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as with a team, and be able to prioritize and adapt within a fast-paced changing environment.


  • Masters level education.
  • Fluency in Anishinaabe or Dakota.
  • Knowledge of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) principles.


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Clear Children and Adult Abuse Registry Check.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License as travel will be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body.
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS: Monday, April 18, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | [email protected]


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