About This Position
Conditions: Permanent Full-Time
Closing Date: 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 29, 2023
Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag Inc. is an organization that empowers families to connect to their Indigenous language, culture, and identity throughout the journey of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. We foster a work environment that is supportive, empowering and encourages innovative thinking. We offer a full and comprehensive benefits package including matched pension contribution.
The Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoyawain Inc. (KIM) is working to advance the health of Northern First Nations and has selected Wiiji’idwag Ikwewag Inc. to facilitate wholistic prenatal, birthing and post-partum care for Indigenous mothers and families giving birth in the Thompson General Hospital (TGH). Indigenous Birth Helpers support mothers and families on their healing journeys and overall wellness.
The Birth Helper will report directly to the Project Coordinator of Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag and will be responsible for providing highly compassionate, skilled and knowledgeable support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and during the first year of life.
As a Birth Helper, you are committed to working with families on their healing journeys and overall wellness.
The Birth Helper will assist families in accessing resources and provide advocacy when required.
The Birth Helper works towards reclaiming Indigenous birth and parenting practices for a diverse range of families and communities.
The Candidate Should Possess:
- A strong understanding of traditional cultural teachings, songs and knowledge of traditional Indigenous birth practices as relevant to their own communities and experiences as an Indigenous person;
- Experience working with Elders;
- Experience working with First Nations/Indigenous women and families at a community and/or program level;
- Ability to develop and document support and wellness plans, document meetings and produce reports;
- Ability to build and maintain respectful and effective relationships with diverse groups, organizations, and individuals to work collaboratively and cooperatively, including good conflict management skills and abilities;
- Ability to multi-task, set priorities effectively, time manage and problem solve;
- Ability to communicative effectively both orally and in writing;
- Ability to efficiently and effectively utilize Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel;
- Understanding of the strengths and challenges within Indigenous communities;
- Completion of the certification requirements for the Sacred Circle of New Life Indigenous Doula Training is an asset. Other Doula training may be acceptable;
- Additional training in Breastfeeding is an asset.
- Grade 12 graduate with an Indigenous Doula certification or a minimum of 3 years experience working within a First Nation health or social service organization
- A valid Class 5 MB Driver’s License with access to a reliable vehicle;
- Fulfill the requirements of the Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check;
- Flexibility in work schedule including evenings, weekends and possible overnights;
- Ability to travel
How To Apply
We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Late submissions will not be accepted.
1. Through the form on this webpage; or
2. Submit a cover letter, resume through the form on this page or by separate email to the attention of:
We thank all those who apply, but only those considered for the position will be contacted. Late submissions will not be accepted.