Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator – Employment Opportunity

JOB TITLE: Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator
TERM: ASAP – March 2022
POST: IRTC Winnipeg Sub-Office
SALARY: TBD (based on education & experience)

Job Description:
Reporting directly to the Tribal Nursing Officer (TNO), the Tribal Health Education Coordinator (TORHEC) will be responsible for program enhancement and coordinating Harm Reduction activities for Interlake Reserves Tribal Council’s (IRTC) member and Independent communities.

• Engage and collaborate with internal and external partners (e.g. NNADAP, BF/BFI, RHA’s).
• Consult with community leadership, attain buy-in for a targeted approach to STBBI, HIV awareness and readiness.
• Conduct health promotion and capacity building initiatives in communities.
• Identify clients in need and provide appropriate referrals, including assisting clients with accessing support services and providing access to local testing and treatment centres.
• Representing IRTC as directed by the Health Director (HD)/TNO on different health related boards and committees.
• Maintain awareness of community program needs and opportunities.
• Conducting community consultations and readiness assessments for the development of harm reduction programs as required.
• Working with other First Nations and other health care agencies and service providers to ensure adequate community-based health services are developed and supported.
• Advocate for First Nation in the delivery of health care services to ensure quality programs are delivered within the communities.
• To communicate regularly with the HD/TNO and IRTC member communities Health Directors as well as providing a monthly written report.
• Performing other professional duties as assigned by IRTC HD, Health Advisory Board and Chiefs of IRTC.

Qualifications:
• LPN or post-secondary education in a related field, or a minimum of three (3) years of experience working in the field of community health and/or social services
• Excellent and thorough knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal organizations and communities in a health field capacity
• Strong knowledge of harm reduction, safer sex, syringe services, and overdose prevention strategies
• Willingness to upgrade and take all trainings in related field as provided
• Extensive experience working with youth and people who use drugs
• Experience working in the field of health promotion and HIV/STBBI and hepatitis C
• Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with a demonstrated ability to work with a highly motivated and energized team
• Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills and networking ability
• Personal qualities include innovative, professional, high integrity, energetic, exceptional communication, negotiation, interpersonal, and time management skills
• Preference will be given to qualified IRTC Member First Nation person

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three written references (preferably from past and present employers) to:
Liz Bone, Tribal Nursing Officer
Fax: (204) 942-8840
Email: Lizbone@irtc.ca

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deadline to apply: Please submit by February 28, 2019

Canada supports Interlake Reserves Tribal Council efforts to combat climate change risks

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

February 13, 2019 — Winnipeg, MANITOBA — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Climate change is one of the greatest collective challenges Canada faces as a nation. The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nation communities to tackle climate change, grow the economy, and ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for Canada.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced an investment of $814,000 to the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council to help reduce risks from climate-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

With this investment, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is undertaking a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment to support the development of an emergency management framework to mitigate extreme flooding events within its six First Nation communities. These communities are: Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation.

The First Nation Adapt program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.

“The impacts of climate change are not in the distant future, they have arrived. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in taking important steps to plan for and adapt to the new realities in our environment.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its 6 member communities have been at the fore front when dealing with emergency management and the natural disasters caused by climate change. In 2011 our communities were flooded out by a man made emergency outlet channel to save the City of Winnipeg and we were the ones impacted. With this initiative not only will we be able plan and prepare but combined with our Emergency Operations this will help us become even more resilient. We also want to partner with nearby towns and municipalities to help everyone in the region

Chief Cornell McLean
Chairman of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

Quick facts

  • The First Nation Adapt Program is part of a Budget 2016 commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, on protecting the health and well-being of Canadians, on building resilience in the North and Indigenous communities, and on enhancing competitiveness in key economic sectors.
  • The First Nation Adapt program is currently supporting nine community projects in Manitoba First Nations in 2018-2019 with investments of approximately $1.5 million.

IRTC Takes Stand Against Province of Manitoba

OTTAWADec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ – Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) and its member First Nations are disappointed and feel betrayed by Premier Pallister’s recent comments on First Nation consultations on the Outlet Channel Project.

Chief Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation, and Chairman for the IRTC states, “If the Premier is serious about getting the Channels Project built quickly, he needs to spend less time making inflammatory statements to the media and more time recommitting his government to partnering with First Nations on the planning and construction of the Project. We haven’t had a meaningful discussion with Province for over a year about this Project.”

In 2017, the Premier promised consultations with Indigenous communities on the Outlet Channels Project would be the most comprehensive in the history of Manitoba and committed that affected communities would share in the economic opportunities arising from the construction of the Project.

Chief McLean explained, “We are starting to see that these may have been empty promises. We were left out of the most recent Project design and build contract awarded by the Province of Manitoba. Time and time again our communities have borne the brunt of flooding. The Outlet Channels Project is no different: our communities’ – the original Ojibwe/Saulteaux Nation – fishing, hunting and continued land and water use will be adversely impacted by the Project.”

Chief McLean continued: “It is frustrating to watch the provincial and federal governments play politics with the Outlet Channels Project, instead of focusing their energy on working with our member communities: Lake Manitoba First Nation, Pinaymootang First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Little Saskatchewan First Nation. Issues with the devastation caused by the 2011 and 2014 floods still remain unresolved. We all need to make sure that First Nations rights and interests are not ignored in the development of the Channels Project.”

Karl Zadnik, CEO of IRTC says “To avoid the mistakes of the past, it is vital that the Environmental Assessment for the Project include an impact assessment on our Treaty and Aboriginal rights, including fishing, water quality, and an overall cultural impact assessment. Until this is done, the Project can’t be approved by the federal or provincial governments. Yet, the Province and CEAA have so far refused to dedicate sufficient resources to do these studies.”

Chief McLean goes on to say: “We have tried to work with the Province, but our requests have largely fallen on deaf ears. In the meantime, our leadership will continue to work to make sure that the Channels Project does not proceed until the impacts on our rights and on the fishery our people depend on are understood, mitigated and accommodated.”

SOURCE: Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC)

Media Contact :
Karl Zadnik, BComm(Hons), PM Cert.,
Chief Executive Officer,
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council,
Cell: (204) 795-4747,
Email: karlzadnik@irtc.ca

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Safety Tips

Home Fire Escape Planning

  • Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practised before a fire strikes.
  • A home escape plan should include the following:
    • Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window
    • Properly installed and working smoke alarms
    • A meeting place outside in front of the home where everyone will meet after they exit
    • A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
  • Working smoke alarms cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Cooking

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

Heating

  • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
  • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from heating equipment.
  • Have a 3-foot (1 metre) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.

IRTC Sponsors Men’s WarriorZ Basketball team for 2018 Masters Indigenous Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2018 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council sponsored the Men’s WarriorZ Basketball team to enter the 2018 Masters Indigenous Games (MIG) held in Toronto, ON; on July 12-15. This team ended up winning the Gold Medal and is now the 2018 MIG Champions of North America.

“This was an opportunity to put the best of Manitoba’s Indigenous Basketball community together to represent Manitoba on a National and International stage in the Basketball sport.” Says Chairman Chief Cornell McLean.  “ He also shared “We had representatives from nine (9) different First Nation communities in Manitoba and the nice thing about this team is the WarriorZ basketball team wants to give back to all of IRTC member communities, in the form of basketball camps to produce the best Indigenous athletes in basketball.”

Karl Zadnik, CEO and Pinaymootang First Nation member for IRTC as well as team member for the WarriorZ basketball team shares “this is close to my heart, Basketball was a form of sport that kept me out of trouble in my teenage years and it feels good to help future leaders produce more leaders in sport and athletics. Coming from Point Douglas and Elmwood neighborhoods, this is a sport that can help develop future Manitoba basketball athletes so we support this.  Stay tuned for WarriorZ basketball camps held here in Manitoba!”

For questions or future enquiries please contact Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer at karlzadnik@irtc.ca.

Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Announced

The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced they will cost share up to $540million in new flood management infrastructure for Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels as Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced today.

Federal funding of $247.5 million will be provided for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project, the first project to be funded under the recently launched Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. Manitoba will provide matching funds in the amount of $247.5 million, plus an additional $45 million in order to complete the project.

“After 60 years of inaction, we are proud to stand today alongside our partners in the federal government to announce this vital project,” says Pallister. “We are focused on completing this project in a timely fashion to better protect Manitobans who have sacrificed so much.”

The governments of Canada and Manitoba identified the channels project as a major priority, due to severe flooding in the area in 2011 and 2014. These disasters resulted in extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure in the province, as well as emergency evacuations, particularly for communities around Lake St. Martin.

“The funding shows that the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to protect the vulnerable communities around Lake Manitoba, and Lake St. Martin, from disasters like the 2011 and 2014 floods,” says Carr. “Mitigating the effects of natural hazards before they happen is critical to reducing the devastating social, personal and economic costs of recovering after the fact. With investments like these, we will make communities across Canada more resilient to climate change, and ensure residents and businesses can thrive for generations to come.”

During times of flooding and high-water levels on Lake Manitoba, the new outlet channel will carry water directly from Lake Manitoba to Lake St. Martin. The Fairford River is the natural outlet to Lake St. Martin and the new channel will move water directly to Lake Winnipeg.  The Dauphin River is the natural outlet to Lake Winnipeg from Lake St. Martin.

The project consists of building two 23-kilometre-long diversion channels. The Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel will run north from Watchorn Bay on Lake Manitoba to Birch Bay on Lake St. Martin and the Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel will run northeast from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg south of Willow Point. The project also involves building two bridges and water control structures, a 24-kilovolt distribution line, and adjusting surrounding highway infrastructure.

The project will significantly reduce the flood damage experienced by First Nations located along Lake St. Martin, complementing other regional flood protection infrastructure to ensure a more comprehensive provincial water control network that enables the province to effectively manage flows from the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba watersheds spanning Manitoba, southeast Saskatchewan and northeast North Dakota. Together, the channels will allow Manitoba to regulate lake levels and provide flood protection to individuals, businesses, communities and farmland around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Once completed, this work will significantly enhance the region’s ability to regulate water levels on both lakes and protect local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities from flooding.

The new Lake Manitoba outlet channel is designed with a capacity of 7,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the Lake St. Martin channel will carry approximately 11,500 cfs at capacity. The current capacity of the Lake St. Martin Emergency Outlet Channel is approximately 4,000 cfs. The existing single Lake St. Martin emergency channel to Lake Winnipeg will be available on an emergency basis during construction. After the permanent channels are completed, the existing emergency channel will be modified for environmental support purposes, which are still being defined and developed.

The proposed channel alignments are a result of evaluating several options for each channel. Construction of an access road to the Lake St. Martin construction area is underway.  The remainder of construction could start as soon as fall 2019.

The next phase of the Manitoba government’s proposed plans for the construction of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels will be presented at a series of open house sessions, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“These are major flood management projects and will be as essential as the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion in provincial flood-fighting efforts,” said Schuler.  “Manitoba is a collection point of major watersheds that start outside of the province but can result in widespread flooding, devastation, costly cleanup and years of restoration.”

Open house topics will include environmental approvals, design and construction, and the next steps in the delivery of this major flood infrastructure project.  There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the operation of the Portage Diversion.  The diversion moves Assiniboine River water north into Lake Manitoba during heavy spring flooding and unusual summer storms

An open house session is planned from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Canad Inns in Portage la Prairie on Thursday, June 21.

-Article Courtesy of Portage Online

Youth Enhancement Gathering a Success!

The Social Development Program hosted a Youth Enhancement Gathering March 27 and 28, 2018 bringing together our Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Communities youth on income assistance ages 18 – 30 years old.  Purpose of forum was to promote higher education, entrepreneurship, resume building and training opportunities.

Funding for the program came from First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Proposal through Indigenous Services Canada.  This funding enabled the program to hire a Youth Coordinator, Nichole Swan from Lake Manitoba First Nation to go to the communities and was also instrumental in working on this forum.

 

The forum was held at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1295 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba,   which was attended by 70 plus youth and we had the privilege of having elders and chaperones take part in the forum.   Presentations and presentation tables from Urban Circle, Red River Community College, SEED Winnipeg, and MC College, Melvin Swan, Retired First Nation Veterans Corporal, Canadian Forces Recruitment, Youth Employment Services, Featherstone, Interlake Regional Health Authority and activities provided for 2 full days of activities.  Master of ceremonies Dave McPherson from Peguis First Nation kept the group entertained and elder Michael West from Lake Manitoba First Nation offered prayers daily.

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Executive Director, Karl Zadnik provided welcoming remarks and a donation of 2 Winnipeg Jets tickets for the youth prize.   Chief Cornell McLean from Lake Manitoba and Board Chairman offered opening remarks on behalf of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Chiefs and also provided a donation of prepaid Visas for youth door prizes.   Tables for craft sales were also available.

Youth completed an Evaluation Forum at end of forum.  Feedback from the evaluations was very positive and those in attendance enjoyed the opportunity of attending.   The Evaluations will also be used in planning for future events from the YOUTH themselves.

Pictures of the event are available for viewing.  We look forward to next year based on funding.

MEEGWETCH.

Darlene Bird, Unice Ross and Nichole Swan
Social Development