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Title: NYA:WEH Youth Advisor
Reports to: Youth Program Manager
Term: This is a 10 month position that follows the HWDSB school year calendar
Hours: 40 hours per week
Deadline to apply: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg provides wholistic programs and service for Indigenous children, youth, families and community that are rooted in culture and language. Our vision is to provide high quality programming that fosters identity formation and creates a sense of belonging.

The NYA:WEH (Native Youth Advancement With Education Hamilton) program is a ‘stay in school’ initiative, to assist and support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students in elementary and secondary education.  NYA:WEH is responsible for empowering Indigenous students toward academic success, through personal, social, and culturally based educational support.


  • Develop an annual strategic program plan to be submitted to Niwasa and school administration for approval by August 31st of each year.
    Monthly completion and submission of all reports as required by host Principals and Niwasa.
  • Planning, resourcing and co-ordination of NYA:WEH Indigenous programs that enhance cultural education and supports (i.e. traditional drum and dance, Elders and programming, cultural workshops, regalia, and field trips, etc.)
  • Development and maintenance of a program calendar for NYA:WEH programming of all Indigenous student activities.
  • Representative for the NYA:WEH program and communication link with the Indigenous community where needed.
  • Work with school and system staff to support the emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and intellectual needs of the Indigenous learners and families.
  • Responds appropriately to a variety of general inquiries regarding NYA:WEH, or provide a referral to the appropriate staff person.
    Informs the School Administration and the Executive Director of Niwasa of any necessary upkeep, repairs, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and supplies to ensure safety and security standards are maintained.
  • Follows all policies and procedures of both the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and Niwasa.

Specific Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to manage key stakeholder relationships.
  • Able to identify key issues; creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges or obstacles.
  • Genuinely committed to helping children learn.
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of historical trauma and intergenerational trauma of Indigenous peoples.
  • Experience in a community setting working with Indigenous children, youth and families would be an asset
  • A clear and solid understanding of the issues faced by the urban Indigenous community.
  • Must maintain a high level of self-awareness and wellness and participate in regular self-care.
  • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability.
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.
  • Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Able to use a wide range of administrative software including MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Working Conditions

  • Will work primarily in a classroom/indoor setting but must be able to participate in outdoor settings often (field trips, outdoor play, etc.)
  • May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc.,
  • Interacts with children, family members, staff, visitors and government agencies.
  • Ability to attend and conduct presentations in a variety of academic settings
  • Ability to facilitate cultural based activities and programs
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Local travel regularly required
  • Extended travel may be required.
  • Overtime as required.


  • Post-Secondary diploma in social services or related field
  • Must have a clear Vulnerable Sector Screen.
  • Must have a valid First Aid/CPR certification
  • Must have all required medical vaccinations
  • Knowledge of the importance of First Nations Language and Culture Traditions.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to:

Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg
785 Britannia Avenue
Hamilton, ON L8H 2B6

We thank all who apply, however only qualified selected candidates will be contacted