Indigenous Cultural Safety Consultant

Contract length: 12 months

Application deadline: 2021-09-24

Expected start date: 2021-10-01

Job Types: Full-time, 1 year contract

Salary: $38.05-$40.73 per hour

Position summary

The Indigenous Cultural Safety Consultant (ICSC) reports to the Executive Director and provides the Indigenous lens for the organization and informs decision making in the development and analysis of program processes and policies. The ICSC aids in the development and support of cultural activities/programming; Indigenous-led and informed case planning for Indigenous clients; connecting clients with outside organizational supports/connecting to agencies that assist; and navigating the health and/or court systems. Using a culturally informed model that is rooted in harm reduction, the ICSC advises and supports the staff, leadership and executive teams to walk alongside clients in their self-identified and self-determined goals for culture, connection/reconnection, and community integration; while advocating for access, rights, and Cultural Safety as needed.


· Indigenous ancestry/identity is a bona fide occupational requirement for this position: Only folks who identify as indigenous (First Nations, Native American, Metis, Inuit) will be considered for this position

· A Diploma in community social services or related field.

· five years of recent, related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or human or social services.

· Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience.

· Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities in program delivery, community development, and/or outreach.

· Experience navigating paths to client-centered/client-focused Indigenous work using culturally informed strategies.

· Knowledge of the holistic addictions model including stages of change and harm reduction, cultural pillars of healing and cultural forms of medicine, Indigenous-led/informed case planning.

· Knowledge of legislation and regulations related to Indigenous persons, including residential schools, the 60’s scoop, child and family welfare system; knowledge of indigenous cultures, services, ways of holism and recovery.

· Fostering awareness and understanding of the cultural context of trauma related addiction/MH among Indigenous community members – work to create paths to holism.

· Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals.