Elder in Residence

Job No: SN190706
Location: West Vancouver


CLOSES:  NOVEMBER 14, 2019 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Elder in Residence to join our team in West Vancouver.

Reporting to the Director, Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services, the Elder in Residence, provides planning, coordination and administration of the integration of Squamish culture in planning for Squamish children and families. The position oversees the day-to-day operations for the cultural programs for clients as well as all staff. The incumbent will develop and deliver locally accepted cultural practices, in consultation with community Elders and departmental staff to facilitate preservation and promotion of traditional practices within the Squamish Nation to increase positive and strong cultural identity with their clients. This position is responsible for training and guiding departmental staff, community members, and external partners regarding cultural values, beliefs, traditions and perspectives on individual, family and community life. The position also works with departmental staff to develop client assessments and case plans which adequately and appropriately incorporate cultural aspects into service delivery. The incumbent will build and maintain relationships with external parties regarding cultural services, advice, programs, resources, etc. This position will provide kinship knowledge to staff, clients, community members for planning purposes as well as cultural support services to assist in healing for individuals, families and community.

Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and facilitate various community and agency meetings to develop cultural practices for staff, families, community and clients. Train staff about cultural practices, teachings, ceremonies and traditions that can be implement in day-to-day practices.
  • Facilitate the delivery and integration of the Squamish culture to clients. Ensuring all AMM meetings and gatherings reflect cultural practices to guide discussions and decisions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with community traditional helpers. Implements appropriate systems to support and maintain cultural programs.
  • Develop, implement, coordinate and evaluate cultural programs, ensuring that client’s needs are met. Ensures that program standards, guidelines and policies of the AMM are maintained.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisor, clients and families; both verbally and in writing including public speaking, education, etc. Ensures processes are clear and implements boundaries in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Prevention & Healing Services and Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Teams.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Bachelors OR Diploma in Counseling, First Nation Studies, Social Work or related/relevant field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 4-5 years (with Bachelors) OR 6-7 years (with Diploma) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in the job description including cultural program development, one-on-one counselling, Squamish Nation culture/traditions, ceremony facilitation, relationship building, case management, high level cultural position, Elder teachings, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to child and family safety model, confidentiality, privacy, etc.
  • Previous facilitation, coordination, instruction, etc. experience is preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of Squamish Nation history, community and culture.
  • Must have Knowledge of history of Squamish people, legends, traditions, family lineage and connections.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide-range of client’s i.e. multi-barrier, drug/alcohol use, etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate user of MS Office, the internet, etc.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have reliable vehicle, current insurance and a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider a combination of post secondary education, training and relevant work experience, where the incumbent has demonstrated work experience with similar duties as described above.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation. 

Salary: $55,681 to $65,507 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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