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Indigenous Outreach Worker

Status:                   Full-time Contract to March 31, 2024

Location:               The Hub at Guelph Community Health Centre

Hours:                   35 hours/week

Paid Time Off:      3 weeks of vacation, plus sick days, spiritual/cultural leave, birthday

Benefits:                Comprehensive health and dental

Pension:                 HOOPP (defined benefit plan) – optional

Posting Date:        February 3, 2023

Deadline:               February 17, 2023

The Organizations:  Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency.  It strives to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest, Waterloo Wellington and Erie St Clair regions.  SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. It is SOAHAC’s objective to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities.

The Guelph Community Health Centre (GCHC). A community without barriers to health and well-being. Our Mission is to reduce health inequities by providing interprofessional primary health services and community programs, focused on the populations we prioritize, in collaboration with community partners.

Role Summary: The Indigenous Outreach Worker will provide active outreach to Indigenous people who use opioids in Guelph and Wellington county.  The position will also connect with friends and family to raise awareness and promote harm reduction practices.  This is a full-time position and will be located primarily in Guelph Wellington. The position will work as a member of an inter-disciplinary team with the Safer Supply Program, in addition to our SOAHAC team.

Responsibilities:

Conduct outreach in areas in the community that are frequented by people at high risk
Provide information and access to services related to harm reduction, treatment, and prevention
Provide opportunities for clients to identify and express their needs and identify directions for services
Application of traditional teachings during prevention activities including the review of ceremonial practices, unique foods and language spoken
Connect individuals to the appropriate medicines, knowledge keepers, and elders
Provide awareness to the community and normalizing Harm Reduction
Provide harm reduction materials/supplies through consistent delivery/pickup services
Provide support for health promotion, community resources, etc
Follow and train others on harm reduction and needle syringe program protocol
Maintain positive relationships with community partner agencies
Facilitate workshops for clients or community partners on Harm Reduction and issues related to opioid use and to provide education and support for health and lifestyle issues
Provide trauma informed care and supportive counselling to people onsite and in the community
Must be able to work evenings when required in a variety of social and physical settings, along with travel and offsite meetings.
Respond to calls, prioritize and schedule delivery services requested by clients
Ensure agency vehicle is in good working order, fully stocked at start of each shift and emptied of all biohazard materials
Ensure materials for biohazard disposal services are safely prepared

Qualifications:

Completion of relevant post-secondary degree or diploma
Minimum one (1) year experience working within the harm reduction model of service delivery and connecting to communities at risk
Demonstrated understanding and working knowledge of addictions and harm reduction principles as they relate to substance use
Knowledge of local Indigenous culture and local Indigenous communities in Southwestern Ontario
Knowledge of Indigenous-specific cultural, health and social services in Southwestern Ontario
Experience with both individual and systemic advocacy
Valid Ontario Driver’s “G” license; personal auto insurance and access to a reliable vehicle. A clean drivers abstract will be required
Basic First AID, CPR, Crisis Prevention Intervention
Willingness to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremonies.
Clean and current vulnerable sector police check as a condition of employment
Up to date immunization record including at least 2 COVID-19 immunizations

Required Skills:

Experience working with FNIM people in community-based settings is necessary
Application of harm reduction principles and trauma-informed care
Competency in crisis intervention/de-escalation skill, strategies and application
Commitment to both traditional and western/mainstream health and wellness methods
Travel within Guelph and Wellington County
Ability to work well independently and within a team environment
Effective time management and organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving skills
Strong written and oral communication skills

This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre and/or Guelph Community Health Centre.

SOAHAC and GCHC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants (please self-identify).  SOAHAC and GCHC are committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to:

Email: careers@soahac.on.ca

Subject line: Indigenous Outreach Worker, Guelph

Or mail to: Human Resources

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

425 – 427 William Street,

London, ON N6B 3E1

Please visit Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre online at:  www.soahac.on.ca or like us on www.facebook.com/soahac to learn more about us!

We thank all those for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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