The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is partnering with McGill University to deliver a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) pilot program in Kuujjuaq this Fall. The course of the program will be an intensive land-based course for which we are hiring a coordinator to organize and coordinate, with support from the instructor who will be Wanda Gabriel.
This course aims to provide an introduction to social work and to learn about traditional Inuit spirituality, values, philosophy, lifestyle and ceremonies in relation to self-knowledge and knowing of others. At its core is a week-long experiential cultural immersion program on the land guided by Elders, social work faculty and cultural support people taking place in a local Inuit community, coupled with seminars to prepare for the educational process in a helping profession and to debrief the experience. With an emphasis on making connections through direct experience and a strong sense of place, participants will participate in a series of traditional activities in and around the Inuit community where the course is being held.
To coordinate all aspects of the Indigenous Field Studies course offered in Nunavik in Fall 2021, including assisting the in the development of course activities, planning the logistics of all activities, coordinating community representatives to teach in the course and participating in the course.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Diplôme d'études collégiales or higher;
- At least 3 years of social services-related work with Inuit communities;
- Knowledge of Inuit history, policy and social realities;
- Fluency in Inuktitut
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the following:
- Inuit culture and worldviews;
- Inuit customs, values and ways of life;
- The intergenerational effects of colonization and Canadian policies on contemporary Inuit society;
- Holistic approaches to learning about Indigenous culture through physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual component.