Facilitator - Talking Together Program

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation - Timmins, ON (30+ days ago)

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Talking Together Facilitator (Full-time position)

Location: Timmins, Ontario

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation offers a unique opportunity for an individual in the Timmins area with excellent communication, collaboration, outreach and networking skills. Talking together is a program funded by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services and its purpose is to utilize a traditional/alternative approach to resolve child welfare/family matters, with the intention of avoiding litigation. The process used is the traditional “Talking” Circle, to assist in arriving at acceptable resolutions.

Reporting to the Manager of the Talking Together Program, the Talking Together facilitator’s primary responsibility is to organize and facilitate talking circles with families who become involved with child welfare authorities.

Based in Timmins Ontario, this position involves considerable travel to coastal communities throughout the region. The necessary training for this position will be provided.

Qualifications - General:

  • Individual identifies as an Indigenous person and has knowledge and understanding about local communities, their cultures and their history;
  • An understanding of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) and the provisions for Aboriginal peoples as set out in the CYFSA;
  • An understanding of the restorative justice techniques/applications and how they are used in the Circle context
  • Be professional, discreet, and sensitive to the clients’ circumstances in order to preserve their dignity and trust in the program
  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture and experience working with Indigenous persons; understanding of the northern cultural environment.
  • Self motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision in a team oriented setting
  • Be organized, detail oriented and thorough
  • An understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes;
  • An understanding of the issues faced by Indigenous families who become involved with the child welfare system;
  • Strong advocacy skills and skill in building relationships and supportive networks;
  • Demonstrate positive conflict resolution skills
  • Understanding of and the ability to speak Cree, Ojibway or Oji-Cree a definite asset;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills and experience in report writing;
  • Communication skills are important to have–experience with Public Relations is considered an asset
  • Skill in using a computer to input information and generate reports;
  • Excellent case and file management skills, stress management and time management skills, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexible hours is essential, including weekends and/or after hours on occasion.
  • Must possess a valid class G driver’s license.

Qualifications – Academic: Minimum post-secondary degree or diploma in social work, child and family worker program, mental health or related social service fields.

Salary: Commensurate with overall qualifications. This contract position commencing on September 16, 2019 and concluding on March 31, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

Deadline for applications: Friday, November 15th, 2019

Please send resume and cover letter including three (3) references to:

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation

1805 Arthur Street East, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 2R6

Tel: 807-622-1413 Fax: 807-622-3024

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Social Work, or related social service work: 2 years (Preferred)


  • DCS / DEC (Preferred)