First Nation Court Worker
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a full-time First Nation Court Worker (FNCW) located in Selkirk. Reporting to the Community Justice Manager, the First Nation Court Worker is responsible for liaising between the Court and SCO citizens and their families to ensure that they are provided with fair, equitable, culturally relevant, and responsive treatment while navigating the Criminal Justice System.
SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process. SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.
- Inform court officials and the judiciary about the traditional values, teachings, language, and beliefs of Anishinaabe and Dakota People to assist with court proceedings.
- Explain and provide information on the nature of charge(s), court procedures, client rights and responsibilities, sentencing and restorative justice options to the client.
- Assist the client to overcome communication barriers and be available to provide appropriate information to the court and/or speaking on behalf of the client.
- Work in partnership with various Chief and Councils, SCO Community Justice Workers and Community Justice Committees.
- Maintain a record of matters processed for tracking and statistical recording purposes.
- Attend circuit Court sittings throughout southern Manitoba including the Manitoba Youth Centre.
- Participate in all professional development and training relevant to the position.
- To perform all other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
- In-depth experience and working knowledge of Anishinaabe and Dakota communities, cultures, healing, and language.
- Basic knowledge of the judicial system, Criminal Code, court procedure and legal terminology.
- Must be fluent in Anishinaabe or Dakota language to provide interpretation and translation services for the client and the Court.
- Demonstrated success in networking, relationship building and cultivating trusted relationships with First Nation communities and key stakeholders.
- Must be punctual, able to work independently and receive supervision and direction at a distance.
- Must be able to travel to circuit courts throughout Southern Manitoba.
- Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to problem solve and think critically with strong attention to detail.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with youth and understand their particular needs.
- Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies, social work, restorative justice, or legal studies.
- Experience working and providing advocacy in the Criminal Justice System.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and clear Children and Adult Abuse Registry Check.
- Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and reliable vehicle as travel will be required.
- All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS: Friday, January 27, 2023, at 4:30 PM CST
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | [email protected]
*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*
Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates
Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter
We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.