First Nations Disabilities Navigator


The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established in 1999 by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.


We are recruiting for a term, full-time First Nations Disabilities Navigator located in Winnipeg.  The First Nations Disabilities Navigator is a valuable member of the SCO team and works with First Nation citizens living with a disability, caregivers, clinicians, and organizations to help increase access to programs, services and supports, and create awareness and education on disability needs.

The successful candidate has knowledge of and experience helping First Nation citizens with a disability navigate and connect with the appropriate programs, services and supports they require.

The SCO provides competitive compensation, an excellent, comprehensive employee benefits package, as well as a positive work environment.


Utilizing a strength-based approach, focus on solutions, and engage those we serve, the SCO First Nation Disabilities Navigator will:

  • Support First Nation citizens living with a disability in Manitoba, providing navigation and linkages to available resources or services in the community and region, and provide advocacy services as needed
  • Partner with First Nations and provincial and federal disability-focused agencies. This may be inclusive of the areas of Health, Employment, Social, Housing, Education, Child Welfare, Justice, and others
  • Assist with the application process to access federal or provincial disability resources, benefits, or services
  • Provide a series of workshops and information sessions designed for First Nation citizens living with a disability and for caregivers
  • Identify and implement short- and long-term solutions to disability matters affecting First Nation citizens in Manitoba
  • Offer cultural-based education opportunities to the disability sector
  • Facilitate disability awareness and consultation campaigns
  • Maintaining confidentiality in accordance with privacy and standards to ensure personal information is kept private, safe, and secure


  • Provide disability navigation services for First Nations citizens
  • Provide consistent, comprehensive, competent, and culturally appropriate services
  • Coordinate and share disability focused information, encourage those with unmet needs to secure access to services and supports, and assist with applications as required
  • Develop and host disability-based workshops and seminars based on identified needs and interests of those living with a disability
  • Build and nurture relationships across community-based programs, with service providers, First Nations, and federal, provincial and territorial programs and services
  • Collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative program data to management
  • Identify funding opportunities, complete grant applications and proposals
  • Adhere to SCO policies, procedures, and standards.  Provide services in compliance with all laws including but not limited to the Personal Health Information Act(Manitoba)
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in the disability sector or related field with an emphasis of working with individuals living with a disability
  • Degree, diploma or certificate in related fields such as health or social sciences is preferred
  • Knowledge of systematic barriers, community resources, system navigation, and referral options
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively with First Nation citizens, team members, supervisors, and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative to build and develop navigation services
  • Experience and success with grants and proposal writing
  • Superior organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to independently manage a wide range of tasks with precision
  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to write reports and briefing notes on complex issues
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and present information to a variety of audiences
  • Lived experience considered an asset
  • Ability to speak Anishinaabe or Dakota languages an asset


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record check with Vulnerable Sector check
  • Current and clear Child Abuse Registry check and Adult Abuse Registry check
  • Valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle, as some travel will be required
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings as required by the program
  • If the candidate is/was a member of a registered profession, candidate must be in good standing of their regulatory body


Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
202-600 Empress Street

Winnipeg, MB R3G 0L5

Fax: (204) 946-1871 |

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