Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator, BC Centre on Substance Use

Work Area: 
BCCSU Operating
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Full Time
End Date: 
Dec 10, 2019
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
Social Work
Support Services
Acute Care Hospital
Mental Health


Reporting to the, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, the Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator is responsible for supporting the commitment to advance cultural humility and the practice of cultural safety at the British Columbia Centre in Substance Use (BCCSU). The role will involve supporting the ongoing development and implementation of the BCCSU’s Indigenous Cultural Safety Framework and training programs under the leadership of the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, in a way that is relevant to the values and strategic directions of the BCCSU with the goal of enhancing the BCCSU’s mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction in a culturally safe manner.

The BCCSU has committed to a partnership with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) that includes helping to support and embed the strengthening of cultural safety and the practice of cultural humility in all recommendations, strategies, and initiatives of the BCCSU.


Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada.
Knowledge and understanding of the social determinants of health for Aboriginal people in Canada.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated highly specialized skills in assessing and managing conflict in often cross cultural, emotionally charged, and complex learning environments.
Demonstrated ability to work in Aboriginal communities and build positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
Demonstrated ability to lead, problem solve, and utilize team building skills.
Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and collaboratively in a work environment.
Demonstrated ability to deal with cultural issues sensitively.
Demonstrated ability to design education material and lesson plans.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate cultural safety training.
Ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively including strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to teach, coach and mentor all levels of staff.
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Proven ability to work well under pressure, either related to deadlines or unforeseen circumstances.
Ability to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Recent, related experience in coaching, mentoring, training, conflict resolution and/or facilitation of Indigenous cultural competency curriculum and training including experience working for an Indigenous organization or program. Extensive understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and specifically Vancouver region’s First Nation’s cultures.


Supports the development and implementation of Indigenous Cultural Safety education in collaboration with the FNHA, VCH Aboriginal Health, community partners and other Aboriginal specific service providers.
Supports and participates in the development and critique of guidelines/policies, systems and instruments to support the achievement and maintenance of Indigenous cultural safety in all recommendations, strategies, and initiatives of the BCCSU.
Facilitates and contributes to developing the curriculum required for the in-house training to improve the cultural competencies of all BCCSU staff.
Collaborates and supports the development of all training with colleagues across all three pillars of the BCCSU to ensure appropriate staff development and participation in education, and that the Indigenous Cultural Safety lens is applied to the development of all initiatives and programs.
Acts as a resource and most reliable informant to BCCSU staff, provides support to address specific Cultural Safety training needs (i.e., Trauma Informed practices, Decolonizing Addiction, Indigenous Harm Reduction and working with the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Director of Research on Indigenous methodology and pedagogy).
Working collaboratively with the Urban Health/Aboriginal Health Team at PHC, VCH Aboriginal Health, First Nations Health Authority, Elders, Aboriginal community partners and other internal/external stakeholders to support the BCCSU goal of enhancing the mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction in a culturally safe manner.
Tracks progress, monitors and reports on the status and major issues/obstacles encountered. In collaboration with the Director, Strategic Initiatives, identifies and supports resolution to problems or barriers.
Maintains an understanding of schedule(s), deliverables, and commitments as set out in the development and implementation of the Indigenous Cultural Safety Framework. Executes according to plan ensuring the successful and coordinated completion of all components.
Communicates development and implementation status and contributes to positive working relationships with all stakeholders.
Prepares reporting materials, including written reports, briefing documents, and presentations. Monitors period, quarterly, mid-year and year-end budget expenditures and reports variances.
Plans and manages logistics for meetings, ranging from small team meetings to large stakeholder meetings and training sessions, including management of catering, facilities, preparation and delivery of materials and presentations, producing meeting agendas, minutes, and summaries, and follow-up.
Performs other related duties as required.