Full Time (40 hours/week)

About the Role

Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, Knowledge Keepers and Elders play a major role in creating and maintaining a culturally safe environment for both staff and guests of Velma’s House Safe Space. Knowledge keepers and Elders provide guidance, counselling, ceremony and a supportive presence to all who access services at Velma’s House. They play a critical role in the healing journey for many guests, and contribute to staff wellness.

The safe space is a low barrier drop-in space for all women, including members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, who are experiencing sexual exploitation, violence, or homelessness. The staff team operates with compassion from a trauma informed and harm reduction lens, respecting the women’s choices and autonomy.

What You Bring:

  • Education/training in the area of sexual exploitation, lived-experience or combination of both
  • Strong ability to form relationships with participants in short time frames
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and written
  • Knowledge of community resources and programs
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues impacting the 2SLGBTQ+ community and commitment to equality and advocacy
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work calmly in stressful or crisis situations
  • Proven experience in using/applying an anti-oppressive framework
  • High level of self-awareness
  • Commitment to cultural reclamation practices
  • Ability to carry out appropriate record-keeping duties including case notes and data collection, etc.
  • Ability to work respectfully and in the spirit of teamwork
  • Current Emergency First Aid Certificate and CPR
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate
  • Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle

Here’s a sample of the many benefits Ka Ni Kanichihk employees enjoy:

Comprehensive Benefits including Health and Dental • Long-Term Disability • Life Insurance •  Employee and Family Assistance • Training and Development opportunities • Free on-site parking • Employee appreciation events • 

Candidates are required to provide a current Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check.

Ka Ni Kanichihk is committed to achieving employment equity; therefore, applicants are encouraged to indicate in their covering letter if they are of Indigenous ancestry. In addition, Velma’s House is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive space for all women, therefore 2 Spirit, trans and non-binary women are encouraged to self-identify when applying for this position.   This posting will remain open until the positions are filled with an on-going review of applications. 

To Apply:

Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to:

Human Resources Specialist

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

101-1065 Portage Ave.

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0B6

E-mail: HR@kanikanichihk.ca

Ka Ni Kanichihk thanks all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.