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Kids in Care Navigator/ Liaison to the North - Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Sep 07, 2019
Ottawa Area, Ontario

Kids in Care Navigator/ Liaison to the North

(1-year contract with a possibility of extension)

Are you a relationship builder with a passion for helping Indigenous Youth? Are you ready for a role that will allow you to support youth to receive better care when transitioning from a Norther community to the child welfare system in Ottawa? Do you have experience working with high-risk children and youth and have a thorough understanding of the child welfare system in Ottawa and in Norther communities? If so, this opportunity is for you!

Our Mental Wellness team provides a holistic model of care for Indigenous children and youth and is seeking a strong navigator to liaise with the communities in the North and help Northern youth receive the services they need when they come for service to Ottawa. The successful candidate will be expected to travel to the North 3-4 times per year in order to build relationships with communities and the child welfare system to educate them of the services Wabano can provide to children and youth transitioning from the North to Ottawa. The ultimate goal of this position is to ensure that these vulnerable children and youth receive the best possible cultural-appropriate care when they arrive in the city. All children and youth deserve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and this position will work as part of Wabano’s Mental Wellness team to ensure these vulnerable clients are receiving the best care for their holistic well-being.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people living in the Ottawa –one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client orientated organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect and community interdependence. Wabano is proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community service.


Purpose of Position:

  • Travel to identified Norther communities to build relationship with communities and their child welfare system;
  • Educate the communities and child welfare system about the services Wabano offers in order to persuade them to create memorandums of understanding to ensure a continued partnership and collaboration;
  • Establish partnerships with group homes in the Eastern region to ensure the linkages of Indigenous children and youth to Indigenous community and resources;
  • Work with youth, families and child welfare case workers to help navigate Ottawa’s complex health and social services in order to create comprehensive care plans for youth transitioning from Northern communities to Ottawa for services;
  • Bridge Northern and Ottawa Child Welfare Systems to ensure critical oversight of kids in care;
  • Ensure that care plans are culturally appropriate and incorporate elements to meet all physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the client;
  • Work directly with youth and families to help navigate services and help clients develop the goals they would like to achieve through their transition and beyond;
  • Provide outreach support, case management and systems navigation to youth and manage referrals from Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations;
  • Build and maintain relationships with local community partners such as the Children’s Aid Society and group homes;
  • Conduct on-going research of resources for youth in Ottawa and home communities;
  • Coordinate and facilitate Indigenous Integrative Plans of Care;
  • Advocate for social justice and policy change;
  • Keep accurate and timely electronic records required for the position (including data entry into the Electronic Medical Records systems, reporting, etc.);
  • Conduct program evaluation to assess the success of the program.



  • A Bachelor Degree in Social Work or equivalent combination of education and work experience;
  • A Masters in Social Work or related field will be considered an asset;
  • Thorough understanding and experience working with child welfare systems;
  • A strong understanding of Northern child welfare systems;
  • Experience working with Northern communities with a good understanding of systems and resources in remote communities and barriers that typically exist;
  • Exceptional relationship building skills with the ability to negotiate, persuade and be persistent;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with Indigenous youth;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and social services available in Ottawa;
  • Thorough understanding of Canadian Indigenous history and its impact on youth mental health and social determinants of health;
  • Knowledge of social, economic and health issues relevant to the Indigenous communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team with a strong client focus;
  • Wabano is a client focused organization, which means the successful candidates will have the flexibility to work with it is convenient for youth to access the Centre. Workers who work with children and youth are expected to work occasional evenings and weekends.


  • Candidates of First Nations, Inuit or Métis descent will be given preference for this position (please self-identify);
  • Successful applicants would be required to submit a criminal reference check.

To pursue this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by September 07, 2019 to

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interview, please advise if you require accommodation.


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