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The Chinook Sexual Assault Centre acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional, unceded lands and travelling routes of the Piikani, Kainai, and Siksika Nations; and the Metis people living and working in Blackfoot Territory.

Chinook Child Advocacy Centre

A Program of the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre

The Chinook Child Advocacy Centre is dedicated to giving children and youth who have experience sexual, emotional, and/or physical abuse or severe neglect, a safe space to share their story and receive the support and resources they need throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, and judicial process. Our blended approach brings together a multidisciplinary team of community partners including Alberta Health Services, Blood Tribe Children’s Services, Blood Tribe Police Services, Lethbridge Police Services, Piikani Child and Family Services, RCMP, and South Region Children’s Services, to offer unified services that provide the right support at the right time in a welcoming, child-friendly, safe environment.

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It has taken amazing strength to survive an act of sexual violence. Know you are believed and that your courage inspires us. Your assault will not define you! We cannot change what happened to you, but as stated by CS Lewis “you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Career Opportunities


Indigenous Child and Family Advocate - Permanent Full-Time

The Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CCYAC), a program of the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre, provides children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or severe neglect, a safe space to share their story and receive the support and resources they need. Reporting to the CCYAC Manager, the Indigenous Family Advocate will help to ensure that Indigenous and non-Indigenous families who come through the Centre receive support, information and resources through the disclosure, investigation, and judicial processes. This position will be focused on building connections with Indigenous communities to provide case management, capacity building, and act as a guide for ceremonies and protocols.

Key Job Responsibilities:

        Support for Children / Youth and Families:
  • Provide children, youth and families (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) impacted by child abuse with the ongoing supports required through the investigative, judicial, and healing process.
  • Crisis management and intervention, risk and needs assessment and safety planning and support for children and family members.
  • Ensure families receive culturally responsive support in a timely and purposeful manner through direct case management and consultation.
  • Attend the forensic interview to participate in information sharing, inform and support family about the coordinated, multidisciplinary response, and assess needs of child(ren) and non-offending caregiver(s).
  • Provide education and access to victim’s rights and victims of crime compensation.
  • Provide referrals for community supports, trauma focused, evidence–supported mental health and/or specialized medical treatment.
  • Keep accurate documentation and statistics for reporting.
  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team: Blood Tribe Child Protective Services Corporation, Blood Tribe Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Piikani Children’s Services, RCMP, South Region Children’s Services, Taber Police Service, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Justice along with community agencies.
  • Maintain and build relationships and connections with Indigenous specific serving agencies to ensure Indigenous families are aware of and able to access the supports they may need.
  • Assist CCYAC team members and volunteers with collaboration and consultation on cases.
        Community Outreach and Development:
  • Engage, collaborate, and build relationships with the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Southwestern Alberta.
  • Increase awareness of the Chinook Child And Youth Advocacy Centre (CCYAC) in Indigenous communities.
  • Represent the CCYAC at various interagency meetings as requested.
  • Continue to develop and refine culturally responsive services at the CCYAC with an Indigenous lens in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
  • Increase accessibility of CCYAC services to members of Indigenous communities.
  • Provide teaching and mentorship to staff, volunteers and leadership on cultural protocols, traditions, and cultural bias.
  • Inform professional development on cultural responsiveness and protocols for working with members of Indigenous communities.

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Degree/diploma in the field of Social Work/Social Sciences plus related experience.
  • Combinatio­n of post-secondary courses and experience may be considered (pursuant to Minimum Recruitment Standards).

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Extensive experience working for and with Indigenous communities.
  • Experience in gifting, and cultural protocols and traditions.
  • Possess a solid understanding and practice in trauma informed care.
  • Work in Victim Services, direct social services, or court related work experience is considered an asset.
  • Have a demonstrated agility to build and maintain professional relationships.
  • Indigenous communities, cultures, traditional healing practices, protocol, and language.
  • Community resources and agencies that support Indigenous people.
  • Trauma informed practice, human development, family functioning and dynamics with an Indigenous lens.
  • Generational impact of the Residential School System.
  • Indigenous language specific to geographical area (For example, Blackfoot) is an asset.
  • Experience working in the criminal justice system, court procedure and processes, and Victim Services is considered an asset.

The preferred candidate will be of Indigenous background. While this is not a prerequisite to satisfy the position, a strong background and experience working with Indigenous communities is a requirement. The Chinook Sexual Assault Centre is committed to ensuring equality and promoting diversity in the workplace.

Travel is a requirement of this position. The successful candidate must have access to a road safe vehicle, possess and maintain a valid Class 5 Driver's license, and have proper insurance coverage to meet industry standard.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter along with a resume and three (3) professional references.

We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, members of racialized or visible minority communities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please contact us at admin@csacleth.ca.

Work Week: Monday – Friday (37.5 hours per week) however, this may be negotiated.
Salary: Ranges from $21.00 to $25.00 per hour, work week of 37.5 hours, health benefits package, accrued vacation.
Position start date: As soon as possible
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to cheryl@csacleth.ca

We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

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Leadership of the CSAC

Vision:

To end sexual violence in Southwestern Alberta.

Mission:

Chinook Sexual Assault Centre (CSAC) is a stand-alone organization that provides leadership, advocacy and comprehensive services specific to victims of sexual violence within Southwestern Alberta.

Values:

To fulfill the Vision and Mission of the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre, we value and believe in:

  • creating a dynamic model of inclusive service delivery for all impacted by sexual violence. (All refers to people of every age, ethnicity, ability, religion, culture, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation)
  • services that are client centered, trauma informed, grounded in evidence, collaborative, and coordinated
  • the need for victims of sexual violence to be heard and believed
  • response services which honour an individual’s unique needs and choices
  • evidence based practice grounded in innovation, research and evaluation results in the ability to create and deliver required support services, education and care for all
  • the right to consent, and that any unwanted sexual attention is unacceptable
  • an individual’s right to safety
  • respect and dignity for all people
  • self-care as acritical component of strengthening resilience within a system that supports and values practices resulting in health and wellness
  • change needing to occur to combat sexual violence
  • the power of human connection
  • healing as a process requiring acknowledgement, response, support and time
  • promotion of gender equality, respect and healthy relationships results in prevention of sexual violence

  • Our CSAC Team

    The nine individuals that make up the team at the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre are diverse, highly skilled and ready to serve our community. Come by or call – Kristine, Maritza, Mary, Sarah-Jean, Barb, Miranda, Cinnamon, Baylee, or Cheryl – we are here and ready to assist you.

  • Our Board

    Providing amazing leadership, the CSAC Board of Directors are volunteers with heart. Championing the first stand-alone sexual assault centre in Southwestern Alberta, the Board provides for the governance, strategic direction and oversight of our financial health.

    Meet our Board of Directors: Harmoni Jones, Chair; Michele Montgomery, Vice-Chair; Tammie Belanger, Treasurer; Liam Nixon, Secretary; Robynn Sander, Director; Cayley King, Director; Melanie Meire, Director; and Roy Pogorzelski, Director.

Our Commitment of Service

Chinook Sexual Assault Services is committed to transparency in our service, through honest, respectful and factual representation of how we serve people and use public funds.

Registered as a society under the Society’s Act of Alberta. Incorporation Number 5020314174. As of April 1, 2019, the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre has been granted the privilege of charitable status through the Canada Revenue Agency. Charitable number 72641 0517 RR0001

“The Chinook Sexual Assault Centre acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional, unceded lands and travelling routes of the Piikani, Kainai, and Siksika Nations; and the Metis people living and working in Blackfoot Territory. “

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