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


Reporting to the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, the Peer Indigenous Engagement Advisor provides expert guidance to, and advises on a range of BCCSU research, education, knowledge translation, and community engagement activities to address immediate needs related to addiction treatment. This position will be an advocate for Indigenous issues and lead committees and working groups in the development of Indigenous community-led initiatives; informing clinical care guidelines, community consultation initiatives; and providing expertise to guide community engagement activities. Formulates and provides recommendations for solutions and courses of action based on own expertise, lived experience, and findings from engaging major stakeholders. Prepares and delivers presentations to convey complex information related to addiction to multidisciplinary audiences.

This position will work with a wide variety of provincial and federal stakeholders, including people who use substance and their families; regional health authorities; Overdose Emergency Response Centre; Ministries of Health, Mental Health and Addictions; OAT prescribers and other clinicians; research scientists; Indigenous organizations, and other health and social systems partners and stakeholders.


Exceptional verbal and written communication skills required to present on complex topics and prepare recommendations to multidisciplinary audiences.
Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate, relate to, and work with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds, language, and literacy levels. Ability to provide direction and guidance to multidisciplinary teams.
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 lead and problem solve.
Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, with the ability to work independently and in a team.
Knowledge of community resources and services related to addictions, 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.


Post-secondary certificate or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Diploma or degree is an asset.
Five (5) to ten (10) years of experience working with and advocating for people with lived and living experience of substance use, their families, and communities.
Experience working with Indigenous organizations.
Experience and knowledge of issues related to substance use, harm reduction, addiction, recovery, homelessness, mental health, and Indigenous cultural safety.
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.


Builds and maintains relationships with community partners, groups of people who use substances, and people with lived and living experience across British Columbia, with an emphasis on Indigenous Peoples.
Contributes to the design and implementation of community engagement activities to ensure completion of project goals, monitors results, intervenes as necessary to ensure timelines are met, and ensures successful development, monitoring and implementation of project plans.
Liaises between communities of people who use substances and health system partners, health authority and government representatives (federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations), academic communities, Indigenous service societies and Indigenous community groups.
Prepares and delivers presentations to multidisciplinary audiences.
Participates in the development of provincial and regional knowledge translation initiatives, including clinical care guideline development, health care provider training including Indigenous cultural safety, and policy development.
Participates and leads committees and working groups in the development of Indigenous community-led initiatives as determined by and in alignment with the priorities of people with lived and living experience.
Organizes and leads provincial peer committees, and encourages participation of peer experts and advisors in all working groups and meetings. Provides support to peer participants by minimizing barriers.
Works with staff on developing project actions and monitoring deliverables.
Tracks progress, monitors and reports on the status and major issues and obstacles encountered. Identifies and supports resolution of obstacles.
Contributes to the expansion, maintenance, and ongoing capacity-building of a provincial network of people with lived or living experience of drug use and families affected by the overdose crisis.
Participates on relevant BCCSU and health system partner committees.
Performs other related duties as required.