Innu Cultural Support Worker

locationSt. John's - Newfoundland And Labrador (NL),

atFirst Light St. John's Friendship Centre

Estimated salary $45,000 - $50,000 a year

Job Description:

Job Description

Position: Innu Cultural Support Worker

Reporting to: Senior Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Location: Health Sciences Centre / Work from home

Term: 6-month contract


The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) program works with individuals and families who are accessing care through one of the Hospitals in St. John’s. The team supports patients and escorts who are travelling to St. John’s for medical reasons.

Reporting to the Senior Aboriginal Patient Navigator, the Innu Cultural Support Worker is responsible for providing one-on-one and family support, interpretation, advocacy, and connecting with Innu health directors on behalf of patients and escorts.

The Innu Cultural Support worker will work closely with the Aboriginal Patient Navigator team to coordinate support being provided to Innu patients and escorts while in St. John’s. This position is intended to be part-time, with the possibility of working remotely, with support being provided through a tablet computer for patients in the hospital, facilitated by the APN team, while the Innu Cultural Support Worker can be located in their home community.

This 6-month contract is intended to provide interim cultural support and interpretation services to Innu patients while we re-evaluate how the APN program works with Innu Communities and Supports Innu people.

Core Skillset

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous groups within Newfoundland and Labrador with strong knowledge of local culture and traditions,
  • strong interpersonal communication skills,
  • strong teamwork skills,
  • strong organizational skills,
  • high level of confidentiality,
  • Ability to complete require documentation
  • strong knowledge of local community support
services and resources
  • strong awareness of appropriate personal and professional boundaries.

Essential Responsibilities

· Provide one-on-one and family support to patients and escorts referred to the APN Program

· Provide Interpretation services for Innu patients during medical appointments to ensure patients and families understand their diagnosis and can help them to make informed decisions for their own care

· Assist in the development and implementation of client’s cultural support plan, in conjunction with the Senior APN and the Cultural Support Team

· Report regularly on progress of client’s support plan and provide recommendations on future cultural support to the APN team



  • Prefer Diploma/degree, or acceptable combination of similar education, in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Community Development, Indigenous Studies, etc. Will accept informal cultural learning and experience.
  • Deep knowledge of Innu culture, traditions & practices
  • Fluent in Innu-Aimun, ideally familiar with both Natuashish and Sheshatshiu dialects.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role providing one-on-one and family support, including informal family support provided within the community
  • Record of Conduct and Vulnerable sector check

Contract length: 6 months

Application deadline: 2021-05-28

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $45,000.00-$50,000.00 per year


  • Employee assistance program
  • Work from home


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Support (including informal family support): 2 years (preferred)


  • Innu-aimun (required)

Work remotely:

  • Yes

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