Braiding the Sweetgrass - Relief Staff

Submitted by Wes on Tue, 08/01/2017 - 15:32


Braiding the Sweetgrass (BTS) provides a guided process for urban Indigenous families, blending traditional Indigenous activities and Western therapeutic practices, to bring about individual and family well being. The overall goals of the program include providing information and a number of experiences in 4 areas: legacy education, brain development and trauma, culture and history, and developing community.


Braiding the Sweetgrass is currently seeking individuals to assist in the facilitation of culturally specific programming for Indigenous families. Working alongside BTS Facilitators & Elders, this role supports the delivery of programming to promote participation, learning, and growth by helping to blend cultural activities and teachings with trauma informed care and activities that support healthy brain development. The successful candidate will assist in creating a safe and respectful environment for everyone, responding to behavior management needs with an approach consistent with our cultural teachings and our trauma informed perspective. In addition to playing a role in group delivery, relief staff must be willing to contribute to group preparation needs (e.g. transportation, room set-up, meal prep) and post-group debriefings to share their perspective and bring value to planning for the group.


BTS Relief Staff will possess the following attributes:


  • Experience and ability to relate to Indigenous children, families and Elders.

  • Cultural awareness and understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma.

  • Experience facilitating groups.

  • Minimum certificate with preference of a diploma or a degree in human services or social sciences; or currently enrolled in a program.

  • Must have a valid Alberta driver’s license and driver’s abstract.

  • Must be willing to submit to a security clearance check (CWIS and Police Records).

  • Good time management skills.

  • Ability to relate and work effectively with co-workers as a member of the BTS team.

  • Flexibility and availability for evening and weekend work.

  • Participation in regularly scheduled supervision and in-depth performance appraisals.


Applicants will be selected based on a combination of personal suitability to role, education, and experience.


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Please direct your résumé and cover letter to:

Hull Services

Marianna Lambropoulos- Human Resources Manager




                                                                                                                                           Diversity Works At Hull


                       We thank all applicants who are interested in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.