Sep 20, 2022

Male Elder

  • Onion Lake Family Services
  • Onion Lake Family Svc, Onion Lake, SK, Canada
Full-time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Male Elder


Who Are We?

Onion Lake Family Services supports families by collaborating with our community and elders to assist our children, youth and families to thrive in a nurturing and safe environment.  Onion Lake Cree Nation is a Plains Cree First Nation in Treaty Six Territory bordering the Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial Border, approximately 50 km North of Lloydminster.  The Nation has approximately 585 square km of land area and a membership of approximately 6500.  Onion Lake Family Services is an incorporated body that serves the children and families in the community.  We pride ourselves as being a leader among Indigenous communities providing services related to child welfare and protection.  Part of our service is also to provide Enhanced Prevention whereby we offer innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health and prosperity of children and families.  We strive to provide program delivery to support a thriving and self-reliant future for the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation.

Job Summary:


The Male elder provides traditional and cultural services that enrich the well-being, health and prosperity of children, families and staff.  We strive to provide relevant services that support a thriving and self-reliant future for the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation.  The Male Elder will coordinate a variety of supports in such areas as self-esteem, personal growth, parenting, anger management, suicide intervention, healthy relationships and life skills.  The Elder will incorporate appropriate cultural and traditional practices into all community activities and programs while ensuring proper protocols are implemented. 


LOCATION:               Onion Lake Child and Family Services

DEPARTMENT:         Prevention

# of POSITIONS:         1

TERM:                         Permanent Position

CORE HOURS: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

                                    Please note, some evenings and weekends may be required


Based on these strengths, we are seeking an energetic, conscientious and detail oriented individual who enjoys making a difference, being part of a team, and takes pride in his or her career.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Male Elder will provide professional support by:

·         Providing direct and indirect cultural services to the staff and families with OLFS

·         Develop and enhance the cultural service practice

·         Facilitate preservation and promotion of traditional practices to enhance strong cultural identity

·         Train Agency staff about cultural practices, teachings, ceremonies and traditions that workers can implement into daily operations

·         Collaborate with other Agencies/Departments to enhance cultural components in all programs

·         Demonstrate behaviours, actions and attitudes that are consistent with the Agency vision and core values

·         Promote opportunities for the enhancement and development of positive cultural identities of the children, families and community

·         Ensure effective communication with supervisor, internal and external providers

·         Lead by example by working respectfully, professionally and collaboratively with team members



·         Experience with developing and delivering cultural programs and services

·         Cultural awareness and knowledge of ceremonies

·         Experience working with First Nations people, organizations and communities

·         Strong leadership skills with the ability to work under stressful conditions

·         Valid Class 5 Drivers’ license and acceptable drivers’ abstract

·         Ability to provide a clear Criminal record with vulnerable record

·         Knowledge of child welfare service issues at the First Nation level

·         Respect and sensitivity for the First Nations culture and traditions

·         Ability to speak Cree is an asset




·         Accountability:  take personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work related commitments

·         Leadership: Maintain a professional and positive manner under ever changing or uncertain conditions.  Engaging others within organization.

·         Relationship Building: Effectively builds constructive, friendly, professional relationships and networks of key contacts with people and colleagues, maintains partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support

·         Commitment: shows commitment to the organizational vision and goals by acting in accordance with the values and understanding of the environment

·         Team Work: works collaboratively with others to reach common goals to support the agency and the families we serve



We thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants with completed applications will be contacted for an interview


Interested applicants, who meet the qualifications as listed above, must submit:


1.     Letter of intent or resume

2.     List of three current references with phone numbers

3.     Criminal record check with vulnerable sector

4.     Drivers Abstract


Submit applications to:     Tina Burton, RPR, CMP

                                               HR Coordinator

                                                Onion Lake Family Services

                                                Box 29    Onion Lake, SK    S0M 2E0



Fax:                                        306-344-4755                       

Date Posted: September 20, 2022