In accordance with established vision and values of the organization and in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, the Indigenous Peer Advocate is responsible for facilitating and promoting the meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of substance use (referred to as "peers") in harm reduction policy and program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation within Northern Health (NH) and partner organizations. Qualifications
- Past or current recipient of mental health and/or substance use services.
- Experience in social services, supported housing/addictions/Public Health.
- Grade 12. Open to continuing education in related field.
- Two (2) years' recent, related experience working/volunteering with and/or mentoring peers in urban and/or rural, isolated, and remote communities (including Indigenous communities).
- Experience working with peers in community and providing health promotion and harm reduction activities in the areas of substance use, or an equivalent combined education, training and experience.
- Experience working with BC First Nations organizations and communities
- Travel is a requirement of this position; and flexibility in relation to work schedules and locations may be required. Valid BC Driver's License is an asset
- In accordance with Section 41 or the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates with Aboriginal ancestry.Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of diverse Indigenous communities' social, historical, jurisdictional, and cultural context, and Indigenous views on approaches to health and wellness.
- Knowledge of the health and wellness governance landscape in First Nations' health in BC, particularly relative to mental wellness.
- Knowledge of theories, practices and principles relative to mental wellness, suicide prevention, and mental health emergency response, particularly relative to First Nations in BC, including the current programs and services available.
- Knowledge of Aboriginal/First Nations mental wellness health system needs, including mental health and wellness issues that face BC First Nations.
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.
- Knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action into their work
- Knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices.
- Knowledge of peer-driven initiatives and interventions.
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated facilitation, leadership, public speaking, circle sharing, and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to reflect on the way their lived experiences influences their work.
- Ability to maintain non-violent communication in work-related environments and correspondence
- Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
- Ability to practice humility
- Ability to manage time effectively based on workload.
- Ability to establish and maintain relationships with people and communities at large.
- Ability to provide guidance and work direction.
- Ability to problem-solve.
- Ability to prepare presentations, promotional materials, and business correspondence.
- Ability to be creative and flexible, to work under the pressure of interruptions and change.
- Ability to present information based on audience.
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