Cultural Outreach Worker

Chippewa Health Center

Cultural Outreach Worker

REPORTS TO: Crisis Coordinator
TERM: Contract until March 31, 2019
37.5 hours per week


The Cultural Outreach Worker provides outreach services and networks with individuals at their homes and on the street in order to increase the use of harm reduction materials, skills and strategies among injection drug users thereby reducing the associated risk of transmission of HIV, HCV and other blood borne illnesses. The Cultural Outreach Worker is responsible for incorporating First Nation Cultural components such as the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework Healing model (emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellness) into all programming and work with individuals. The Cultural Outreach Worker will incorporate Ojibway Language and Culture into all components of service delivery.


The Cultural Outreach Worker works with a multidisciplinary team and must be a positive role-model and community citizen practicing healthy lifestyle choices such as abstaining from drugs and alcohol as well as practicing a holistic world view.
The Cultural Outreach Worker will be required to comply with all organizational policies and procedures and adhere to occupational health and safety requirements.

Highlight of Job Duties:

  • Provides harm reduction materials/supplies to IDU population through consistent delivery/pickup services;
  • Handles and transports large quantities of used syringes and properly dispose of bio-hazardous materials within COTTFN’s policies and procedures;
  • Provides educational materials on harm reduction, HIV, HCV, and other blood borne illnesses;
  • Provides support for IDU population with regards to health promotion, community resources, etc.;
  • Refers clients to traditional healers, ceremonies and medicines;
  • Trains staff/volunteers on needle exchange protocol;
  • Maintains positive relationships with community partner agencies regarding needle exchange program;
  • Provides backup coverage on a scheduled rotating basis;
  • Delivers HIV/AIDS Basics presentations to a variety of audiences as required;
  • Ensures materials for biohazard disposal services are safely prepared;
  • Responds to calls, prioritize and schedule delivery services requested by clients;
  • Develops and delivers prevention and harm reduction presentations/messages to target populations;
  • Monitors statistical information on outreach contacts to identify current issues and develop strategies to address these issues;
  • Ensures program vehicle is in good working order, fully stocked at start of each shift and emptied of all biohazard materials daily.


  • Degree in Social Work/Social Service Work including graduation from an accredited University or College;
  • Registration (in good standing) with the College of Social Work and Social Service Workers in the province of Ontario;
  • Three (3) years’ experience as a Counselor/Case Manager, preferably in the field of Harm Reduction and addiction;
  • Two (2) years’ proven work-experience with Mental illness, including categories as determined with the DSM-IV, psychodynamic theory and trauma counseling;
  • Experience working with marginalized populations;
  • Experience with crisis intervention;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, insurance and reliable vehicle;
  • Valid criminal record check and maintain clean record for the duration of employment;
  • First Aid/CPR;


  • Working knowledge and proven experience of counseling techniques including, First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Frame model, system theory, relational therapy, the bio-psycho-social model, existing theory on addiction and treatment;
  • In-depth understanding of Harm Reduction, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, addiction issues, sexual health and related issues;
  • Understanding of Social Assistance programs (ODSP, OW, RGI, Housing);
  • Understanding of GIPA, Harm Reduction and Poz prevention principles;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and respect for the First Nations’ way of life;
  • Safe disposal of sharps;


Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, three work related references, photocopies of Driver’s License and a current CPIC, vulnerable sector check (within 6 months) to the attention of:

Annette Howlett, HR Manager
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
320 Chippewa Road
Muncey Ontario N0L-1Y0

Deadline: Posted until filled.
Hiring of Indigenous people will be given preference.
Note: We thank all candidates for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Chippewas of the Thames is an equal opportunity employer.
Full Job Description available at the Chippewa Health Centre