Family First Navigator – 1 Position

Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation is seeking a one highly motivated dynamic individual to fulfill the responsibility of a Family First Navigator.


Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation Family First Navigator will be hired for a term contract position with possibility to extend employment beyond March 2021 based on funding renewal and performance. The Family First Navigator will be governed and will adhere to the community policies.


The Position of Family First Navigator will work to assist clients, families, youth and children to navigate services internally and externally to increase access to health, social, education related and justice appointments or referrals in a safe and trusting manner.  

Position Overview

  • This position will report to the Social Director.
  • Work collaboratively with program partners as identified by the four main departments in the First Nations who will be making referrals to the Social Director and Navigator who in turn will engage with and provide hands-on support to clients through the sometimes challenging network of services in their time of need.
  • Acquire sound understanding of community resources and the pathways of social, health and justice services which require navigation by families, children and youth.
  • Establish networks with Kenora to facilitate access to services when assisting clients navigate through social, health and justice systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in multi-disciplinary case conference to determine client needs.
  • Create a care plan based on direction from referring department/program and meeting with family to determine what services you will be supporting the family to access.
  • Confirm appointments and escort the family as appropriate to services and supports (Navigate the system).
  • Advocate for additional supports internally or in broader community as required to your Director.
  • Keep accurate, timely client records in accordance with program requirements.
  • Maintain ongoing good communication with colleagues in programs within the relevant departments identified above.
  • Develop networks and partnerships with the broader service community i.e. Kenora and Winnipeg as required.
  • Maintain mapping exercise to define and address gaps in system.
  • Gain relevant training, (if not already have it) on legislation regarding safety of the child.
  • Help establish and strengthen family support systems.
  • Report to the Social Director and provide guidance and advice as required including briefing notes, reporting and such.
  • Perform additional functions as required.


Education and Experience

  • Grade twelve (12) or equivalent required.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to write case notes (SOAP note training will be provided)
  • Experience working with and ability to relate well with Indigenous families, children and youth.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and a multidisciplinary group setting.
  • Strong understanding of social service systems in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation and the surrounding areas.
  • Trauma informed and some culturally competency is required in order to build trust with families.
  • Experience with wrap around service delivery is preferred.
  • Post-Secondary diploma/degree in health/social sciences or Child Welfare Authorities would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of some sections of the First Nation Child Welfare and the Child and Family Services Act is preferred and otherwise training will be mandatory.


  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License and Insurable
  • Insurable vehicle is required
  • Willing to travel when required.
  • Satisfactory criminal reference check with vulnerable sector search upon request


$43,000 – $50,000 dependent upon experience

Applications must include

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume
  3. Provide 3 professional references to be contacted by management upon successful screening.

Closing Date:            May 15, 2020 12:00 noon

Interview Date:          May 19, 2020

Start Date:                 June 1, 2020 (negotiable)

Please submit to the attention of:

Shona Wapioke – Human Resources Manager

Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation

Kejick Post Office, Box 1

Kejick, Ontario P0X 1E0

Email: swapioke@iifn39.caFax: (807) 733-3106

Miigwetch to all who apply.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.