Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator – Employment Opportunity

JOB TITLE: Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator
TERM: ASAP – March 2022
POST: IRTC Winnipeg Sub-Office
SALARY: TBD (based on education & experience)

Job Description:
Reporting directly to the Tribal Nursing Officer (TNO), the Tribal Health Education Coordinator (TORHEC) will be responsible for program enhancement and coordinating Harm Reduction activities for Interlake Reserves Tribal Council’s (IRTC) member and Independent communities.

• Engage and collaborate with internal and external partners (e.g. NNADAP, BF/BFI, RHA’s).
• Consult with community leadership, attain buy-in for a targeted approach to STBBI, HIV awareness and readiness.
• Conduct health promotion and capacity building initiatives in communities.
• Identify clients in need and provide appropriate referrals, including assisting clients with accessing support services and providing access to local testing and treatment centres.
• Representing IRTC as directed by the Health Director (HD)/TNO on different health related boards and committees.
• Maintain awareness of community program needs and opportunities.
• Conducting community consultations and readiness assessments for the development of harm reduction programs as required.
• Working with other First Nations and other health care agencies and service providers to ensure adequate community-based health services are developed and supported.
• Advocate for First Nation in the delivery of health care services to ensure quality programs are delivered within the communities.
• To communicate regularly with the HD/TNO and IRTC member communities Health Directors as well as providing a monthly written report.
• Performing other professional duties as assigned by IRTC HD, Health Advisory Board and Chiefs of IRTC.

• LPN or post-secondary education in a related field, or a minimum of three (3) years of experience working in the field of community health and/or social services
• Excellent and thorough knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal organizations and communities in a health field capacity
• Strong knowledge of harm reduction, safer sex, syringe services, and overdose prevention strategies
• Willingness to upgrade and take all trainings in related field as provided
• Extensive experience working with youth and people who use drugs
• Experience working in the field of health promotion and HIV/STBBI and hepatitis C
• Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with a demonstrated ability to work with a highly motivated and energized team
• Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills and networking ability
• Personal qualities include innovative, professional, high integrity, energetic, exceptional communication, negotiation, interpersonal, and time management skills
• Preference will be given to qualified IRTC Member First Nation person

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three written references (preferably from past and present employers) to:
Liz Bone, Tribal Nursing Officer
Fax: (204) 942-8840

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deadline to apply: Please submit by February 28, 2019

Canada supports Interlake Reserves Tribal Council efforts to combat climate change risks

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

February 13, 2019 — Winnipeg, MANITOBA — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Climate change is one of the greatest collective challenges Canada faces as a nation. The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nation communities to tackle climate change, grow the economy, and ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for Canada.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced an investment of $814,000 to the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council to help reduce risks from climate-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

With this investment, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is undertaking a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment to support the development of an emergency management framework to mitigate extreme flooding events within its six First Nation communities. These communities are: Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation.

The First Nation Adapt program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.

“The impacts of climate change are not in the distant future, they have arrived. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in taking important steps to plan for and adapt to the new realities in our environment.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its 6 member communities have been at the fore front when dealing with emergency management and the natural disasters caused by climate change. In 2011 our communities were flooded out by a man made emergency outlet channel to save the City of Winnipeg and we were the ones impacted. With this initiative not only will we be able plan and prepare but combined with our Emergency Operations this will help us become even more resilient. We also want to partner with nearby towns and municipalities to help everyone in the region

Chief Cornell McLean
Chairman of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

Quick facts

  • The First Nation Adapt Program is part of a Budget 2016 commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, on protecting the health and well-being of Canadians, on building resilience in the North and Indigenous communities, and on enhancing competitiveness in key economic sectors.
  • The First Nation Adapt program is currently supporting nine community projects in Manitoba First Nations in 2018-2019 with investments of approximately $1.5 million.