Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound Navigator

The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (NFC) is a not-for-profit, culture and community-based organization mandated to serve the needs of urban Indigenous people in the City of Peterborough and the surrounding area. The NFC is currently accepting applications for a full-time, contract position as our Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound Navigator. 

Position Objective and Responsibilities  

In collaboration with the UIHB Coordinator, the Navigator will support outreach efforts and intake & engage in various aspects of program development. The Navigator will assist participants & their families in overcoming barriers to success in the UIHB program, work towards identifying safe, adequate, and affordable housing, and create relationships with housing providers and landlords. A key role is to ensure that participants have secure housing and maintain their housing & provide participants with skills & interventions where required.  

The Navigator is responsible for the provision of counseling and social support services to all the Indigenous women and children in the UIHB program using a culture-based case management model.  

The Navigator will function as primary staff contact and support for the participants once they have been accepted into the program. The Navigator will develop with each participant, an Action Plan upon entry to the program, direct the participant’s activities throughout the program, and support participants to advance forward. The Action Plan will identify barriers and issues participants may be experiencing. 

Where applicants are not deemed UIHB program ready, the Navigator will work with the applicant to develop a readiness Action Plan with the goal of their re-applying for the next cohort intake. 


  • Education in a relevant post-secondary program (i.e. Social Service) 
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in the community and/or social services or acceptable combination of the above. 
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the social and economic challenges being faced by individuals living in poverty, especially sole parents 
  • Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with a strong understanding of the impacts of trauma;  
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to create and maintain trusting relationships with vulnerable Indigenous women and men;  
  • Experience organizing events/meetings, facilitating meetings/focus groups, and working with other agency stakeholders; 
  • Experience in building and maintaining positive working relationships with local organizations/institutions to foster collaborative and coordinated approaches to achieving program objectives i.e.: Housing; Daycare system; 
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications; good organizational and administrative skills 
  • Ability to work within the established policies and procedures of the NFC organization with the ability to work independently & as a team player, with minimal supervision; 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle & be willing to travel when required;  
  • Must possess current First Aid / CPR certification or be willing to be certified; 
  • Indigenous heritage a preference; (ref: Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy); and, 
  • A satisfactory Criminal Reference Check (CPIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) will be a condition of the employment offer.   

Salary:    $44,000.00 annual salary (3-month probation salary will apply) and benefits  

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a Cover Letter, Resume, and Three (3) Work References to the attention of:  

Ashley Safar, Program/Human Resource Manager 

 Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre 

Email: manager@nogofc.ca 

Deadline for Applications: Friday, March 11, 2022 

**** Only those selected for an Interview will be contacted **** 

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Peterborough, Ontario
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