The Elder in Residence provides a wide range of cultural support to all program areas of Surrounded by Cedar.
The Elder in Residence is available to provide support, guidance, advice and encouragement to all agency staff, children and youth in care, caregivers and birth family members. The Elder in Residence will also be responsible for collaborating with agency staff in regards to various agency ceremonies and/or events and will assist with including appropriate community contacts.
The role of the Elder in Residence is to facilitate a positive, respectful and culturally appropriate environment at Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services, which is instrumental in fulfilling the vision and mandate of the agency while breaking down stigmas and systemic barriers. Staff are supported by the Elder in Residence to perform their duties in a way that incorporates services rooted in strong cultural values.