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Social/Cultural Navigator

Inuuqatigiit Centre

June 6, 2021

Hours: Full-time Indeterminate position - 37.5 hours per week 

Salary Range: $46,024 - $58,105 per annum + benefits 


Under the supervision of the Community Initiatives and Mental Health Manager, the Social/Cultural Navigator provides support, referrals, advocacy and programming for vulnerable Inuit children, youth, their families and caregivers. Services are provided to those who are receiving medical services in Ottawa, as well as to other vulnerable children and youth, including those in group and foster homes. The Social/Cultural Navigator will help ensure access to cultural, social and other needed supports that contribute to their wellbeing. 


  • Provide social and cultural support to vulnerable Inuit children and youth, including those in group and foster homes and those who are receiving medical services in Ottawa; 

  • Through support, programming, and referral, address the cultural, educational, physical, and mental health needs of vulnerable Inuit children, youth, and their families; 

  • Provide case management, crisis intervention, supportive counselling and cultural support to children, youth, and their families/caregivers to help them access needed services and connect to community and culture; 

  • Participate in information sharing and case conferencing to ensure culturally appropriate plan of care; 

  • Promote Inuit culture, language, values, and traditions to enhance health, wellbeing, and community connection; 

  • Work closely with parents, caregivers to conduct strength-based needs assessments and to provide appropriate supports; 

  • Plan and deliver cultural and social activities to Inuit children, youth, and parents/caregivers; 

  • Plan and/or assist with the delivery of cultural awareness education to other service providers; 

  • Participate in partnership and committee activities to improve services for the health and wellbeing of Inuit children, youth, and their families; 

  • Gather necessary client information and enter it into Inuuqatigiit’s client database system; and 

  • Collect data as required for reporting purposes. 


  • Inuit descent required; 

  • Fluency in Inuktitut would be an asset; 

  • Knowledge of the needs of Inuit children and families; 

  • Experience of Inuit and non-Inuit community services and supports; 

  • Diploma or training in social services or related field of study;

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing support to vulnerable children and youth, which may include those with complex health issues, mental health issues, or clients in medical foster homes; 

  • Experience in preparing and delivering presentations and program activities;

  • Experience with making referrals, helping clients locate and access services and advocating on their behalf; 

  • Mental Health First Aid and ASIST training considered assets; 

  • Knowledge of supports and services for children and youth in Ottawa; 

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing; 

  • Ability to operate computer systems and relevant software; 

  • Strong organizational, program planning, data collection and problem-solving skills; 

  • Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations; 

  • Ability to work in collaborative staff team environment; 

  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check required in keeping with Inuuqatigiit Personnel Policies and Procedures; 

  • Medical certification of good health; 

  • Up-to-date immunization records and TB test, if applicable; 

  • Negative COVID-19 test; 

  • CPR/First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified); and 

  • Drivers license and access to a vehicle an asset. 

Please apply with cover letter and resume by Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to: Shelley Watkin, HR Manager Inuuqatigiit Centre 230 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1L 6P5 Email to: 

We thank all who apply for this position. 

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

This position is dependent upon funding approval. 

When two equally qualified candidates are considered for the same position, preference will be given to the candidate of Inuit descent

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