Three Fires Community Council Member Role Description
Objective: Ensure the Three Fires Community Justice Program is functioning efficiently and consistently to assist the program in its mission.
Reports To: The Niagara Regional Native Centre via the Program Director.
Mission: To assist in the creation of a culturally significant plan of care for Indigenous people, by providing an alternative to the Non– Indigenous legal system.
Vision: We seek to guide the participant towards self-empowerment and personal success, using the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Respect, Honesty, Truth, Wisdom, Love, Humility, and Bravery.
· To maintain a holistic justice program that is more meaningful to the Indigenous participant, victims, and community and is rooted in culturally appropriate approaches.
· To restore greater responsibility to Indigenous Communities for the administration of justice through traditional healing.
· To incorporate the seven gifts of the Grandfather teachings in the operation of the program.
Council Members are trained volunteers who will be scheduled to hear diverted cases in their prospective Fire. The council Members will come together as one with an open heart, mind, and ears to assist the participant with the development of a Healing Plan and where applicable ensure the needs of the victim are addressed. They will assist with the development of an action plan that allows the participant to take responsibility for their offence(s) and to begin the journey to a healthy lifestyle.
The Council Members will collectively/individually perform the following activities:
· Take the initiative in facilitating the hearing process;
· To remain after the hearing for a debriefing session;
· To participate in the evaluation of the program.
Council Members are encouraged to adhere to the following:
· Advocate the mission, vision, and goals for the program to the wider community;
· Advise Program Staff of their availability to attend scheduled meetings and changes thereof;
· Be familiar with and abide by the Code of Conduct and Professional Conduct guidelines as defined in the Terms of Reference;
· Comply with the Family Services Act (CFSA) detailing the criteria for a duty to report when there are reasonable grounds to believe a child or youth is being physically, emotionally, mentally, or sexually abused; hold that duty to report where an individual’s personal safety or the safety of those around them might be at risk (CAMH)
· Sign a confidentiality form and adhere to this confidentially while involved in and following departure from the program;
· To declare any potential conflict of interest (see conflict of interest section).
· Be of Indigenous descent and a minimum of 18 years old, living in connection to their Indigenous family, community or clan;
· Willing to submit personal references, and attend an interview with applicable Advisory Committee Members;
· Knowledge of community resources, including Indigenous specific and social service programming in applicable Fire;
· Willing to obtain a Canadian Police Information Clearance (CPIC), Vulnerable Sector, report any involvement with Justice System;
· Education or experience with justice issues affecting Indigenous people with a basic understanding of the Non-Indigenous Justice System;
· Knowledge of the socio-economic and historical issues effecting Indigenous people (residential schools, 60’s scoop, addictions, youth in care, FAS/E, and mental health);
· Must possess willingness to be inclusive and respectful of all peoples including but not limited to those that identify as 2sLGBTQ;
· Must be willing to create a safe place for all participants;
· Must agree to and complete orientation and ongoing training sessions as required;
· Must have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills;
· Must have begun own healing path demonstrated through actions and conduct within and outside the program;
· Knowledge and respect of the Indigenous way of life and/or philosophies; and,
· Provide own transportation to Circles;
Time Commitment: Willing to volunteer a minimum of 1 year
Orientation and Training Requirements:
New volunteers must complete an orientation session with Program Staff. During the orientation session the Terms of Reference and training binder will be reviewed, as well as completion of any administrative forms or additional information pertinent to the role as volunteer.
Performance appraisal: All volunteers shall be appraised prior to the end of the fiscal year and annually thereafter. The purpose of the appraisal will measure the performance of the volunteer job description. The Program Coordinator will complete the appraisal and a copy will be kept in the volunteers file.
· The Coordinator and the volunteer will jointly complete the appraisal;
· The appraisal will identify the volunteers’ strengths and possible training areas;
· Job descriptions will be reviewed and revised as appropriate;
· All volunteers will review and acknowledge receipt of their appraisals; and
· Volunteers may submit written comments to the Program Coordinator and/or Director relative to their appraisal.
Program Evaluation: Annually (beginning in April of the fiscal year) the program and Program staff will undergo and evaluation process. An evaluation form will be sent to the program volunteers and, where possible, participants, to complete and return. The purpose of the evaluation will be to ensure the program is accountable to the community and the participants it serves; ensuring consistent service delivery.
Benefits of being a volunteer:
· A role in guiding the program toward positively administrating our own system of Justice;
· Fulfilment of mission; and
· New skill development
I understand and accept the responsibilities as outlined in the Council Member Job Description as indicated with my signature on the Oath of Confidentiality. I agree to support the mission, vision and goals of the Three Fires Community Justice Program.
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