Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Prevention Worker

The Nova Scotia Native Women's Association (NSNWA) has been in existence since 1972. The association is a non-profit organization representing approximately 8,000 Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples in Nova Scotia. The association was formed to address the social, political, emotional, health concerns and aspirations of Mi'kmaq women, as well as to, address gender-based violence and discrimination.

Indigenous women continue to face life-threatening, gender-based violence and disproportionately experience violent crimes because of hatred and racism.

NSNWA envisions a future where Indigenous women are free from violence and our lives are valued and protected as equally as non-Indigenous women in NS and Canada. NSNWA is committed to leading this effort in our territory and will continue to work collaboratively with all levels of government and service organizations to create and implement actions to eliminate violence against Indigenous peoples as well as to ensure that the systems and supports are available for those in need.

The NSNWA is seeking a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Prevention Worker located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The successful candidate will report directly to the Jane Paul Centre Director and will work closely with Indigenous women by implementing programing that will take a role in prevention, education and providing community supports and services to Indigenous women who are at risk at becoming missing and/or murdered.

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with Mi'kmaq communities and organizations, services and partners to create and implement a Violence Prevention Strategy to address the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
  • Work with vulnerable Indigenous women and girls on issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and to work with at risk populations.
  • Will provide services and supports in a manner that is safe, culturally appropriate manner and is sensitive to the trauma experienced by this population and will connect with communities, Elders and service providers.
  • Help communities develop safety plans for domestic and sexualized violence 
  • Empower Indigenous service providers to better assist Indigenous women and children to keep themselves safe, to be aware of their legal rights, laws and policies.
  • Foster relationships with mainstream legal and justice communities 
  • Facilitate a creation of networks that encourage services to work together to encourage Indigenous women to report domestic and sexual violence to police and access to justice.

Qualifications

  • Degree in a Social Work or related field; or 
  • Certificate or Diploma in a related field with relevant experience.
  • Proven experience working with Indigenous populations.
  • Understanding and empathetic to individuals affected by Human Trafficking.
  • Experience in designing workshops and training sessions through a trauma informed lens.
  • In-depth understanding of how to navigate related supports and services offered both on and off reserve.
  • Understanding of the critical situation of the violence, disappearance, and murder of Indigenous women and girls is a must.
  • Vast knowledge of the impacts of sexualized and domestic violence, specifically the impacts on Indigenous women and girls.
  • Facilitation skills are an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia. 
  • Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector.
  • Preference will be given to a Mi'kmaq speaking woman.
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