Peer Indigenous Engagement Advisor

Work Area: 
Off Site
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Part Time
End Date: 
Aug 19, 2020
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
Patient Care Support
Social Work
Support Services
Acute Care Hospital

Indigenous PWLE Advocate, BC Centre on Substance Use

In accordance with the vision, mission and values of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and commitment to reconciliation, the Indigenous PWLE Advocate will promote the meaningful engagement of Indigenous people with lived and living experience (PWLE) of substance use and inform research, education and clinical care guidance initiatives across the BCCSU.

The Indigenous PWLE Advocate will partner with a wide variety of provincial and federal stakeholders, including people who use substances, families and recovery-oriented service providers; regional health authorities; Overdose Emergency Response Centre; Ministries of Health, Mental Health and Addictions; research scientists; Indigenous organizations, community groups and/or Nations, and other health and social systems partners and stakeholders. The Advocate brings their own expertise from lived or living experience and findings from stakeholder groups to deliver presentations to multidisciplinary audiences.

Additional requirements:

  • Post-secondary certificate or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience working with, and advocating for, Indigenous people with lived and living experience of substance use, their families, and communities.
  • Experience working with PWLE in community and promoting harm reduction activities in the area of substance use.
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations, community groups and/or Nations.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, Indigenous cultural safety and the practice of cultural humility.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of cultural principles and protocols for Nations across BC and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.
  • Experience and knowledge of issues related to recovery, homelessness and mental health.
  • Experience with knowledge translation and ability to convey recommendations for solutions and courses of action, research and evaluation findings, and medical concepts to a range of audiences.
  • Understanding of the BC health system, including policies, procedures and practices impacting Indigenous peoples, and people with lived and living experience of substance use, their families, and communities.
  • Understanding of the intergenerational, socio-economic and health impacts of colonialism on Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Skills And Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills required to present on complex topics and prepare recommendations to multidisciplinary audiences, including people from diverse backgrounds, language, and literacy levels.
  • Knowledge of PWLE-driven initiatives and interventions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health care system experiences from an Indigenous lens and the barriers faced by Indigenous peoples with accessing care, including local challenges and challenges accessing care in rural and remote communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with government, leaders in the health sector, and other provincial bodies to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, with the ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Knowledge of community resources and services related to substance use and addiction, mental health, and recovery in BC, including services for youth and families.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and proficiency with data entry.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Ability to travel provincially.