Indigenous Peer Coordinator

Job No: PCRS262
Location: Surrey/Delta

Indigenous Peer Program - Surrey/Delta
Regular Full-time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

Position Summary:
The Indigenous Peer Coordinators are regionally situated but attached to the larger Chilliwack team. These Peer Coordinators will be well-connected to their Indigenous heritage and have lived experience with substance use while currently living as role models to their peers through a commitment to their own continuous growth and learning within their Indigenous culture, knowledge and spirituality. The Peer Coordinators will work alongside First Nations individuals who use substances and the affected families and provide the link to meaningful engagement in Indigenous cultural activities and ceremonies. The Peer Coordinator will reach First Nations people living in urban settings and develop close working partnerships with the specific Indigenous communities within the catchment areas. Through the development of peer engagement networks, shared knowledge, and connections with existing resources and programs, the Peer Coordinator will provide a collective voice of the peers to help identify gaps, inform policy or create recommendations.

The IPC staff works within the strategic objectives of the Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) to ensure the provision of effective and efficient services to the individuals and community partners.

Primary Duties:
• Connect to all existing cultural resources and projects in the catchment area, in urban settings and in First Nations communities, in order to gain knowledge and understand the current context of the community, specific to peer engagement, harm reduction, and culturally relevant practice.
• Walk and work alongside First Nations individuals who are using substances to provide resources, harm reduction, and an individual and collective voice, thereby increasing the capacity for wellness.
• Be the link to meaningful engagement through the collection of stories and information from peers in order to guide the work in areas that are needed and relevant
• Identify, support and provide education and capacity-building opportunities for peers and assist in developing peer engagement committees and networks to build a strong collective voice.
• Assist in developing peer engagement committees/networks in order to build a strong collective peer voice and communicate peer input to inform policy and create organizational change and standards at the community level
• Be strongly committed to your own journey of recovery, continuous learning and growth within your Indigenous culture and spirituality in order to live as a role model to peers
• Partake in meetings and on committees at a community level to communicate peer input to help guide policy, standards and systemic change.
• Work collaboratively with other PCRS programming in each region, as well as regular collaboration with the other FNHA positions.
• Conduct administrative tasks such as documenting a daily log of activities and collection of stats for reporting purposes, managing a budget, tracking spending and mileage.
• Maintain health and safety of self, participants and community; manage inappropriate behaviour according to agency policy and practice; report critical incidents immediately to supervisor

Academic and Job Experience Required:
• A combination of education and experience working with First Nations individuals will be considered
• Lived Experience with Substance Use while currently living as a role model to your peers through a commitment to your own continuous growth and learning within your Indigenous culture, knowledge and spirituality
• Experience in Indigenous cultural activities that support a model of wellness; strong community and cultural connections.
• Demonstrated knowledge of restorative justice, equity and healing.
• Experience creating and working within a culturally inclusive environment for staff, partners, and participants.

Basic Requirements:
• Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
• Current Standard First Aid certificate
• Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
• Non-Violence Crisis Intervention
• Knowledge of Harm Reduction practices and Naloxone-trained
• Trauma-informed practice, including the generational impacts of colonization, residential school, 60s-scoop on our First Nations people

Manager at Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre

Salary Range: $25.71/hour – $28.43/hour, Plus term benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Closing Date: Posting is open until filled

Offer of employment is conditional upon the applicant providing us with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”
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