Vancouver Coastal Health

Indigenous Peer Advocate

Job Description

Job Title: Indigenous Peer Advocate
Work Site: Youth Alcohol and Drug, Robert & Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre - Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $26.38 - $28.63 per hour


Days off: Monday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 160890-jzh


Come work as an Indigenous Peer Advocate at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Indigenous Peer Advocate to join the Youth Alcohol and Drug team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As an Indigenous Peer Advocate with VCH you will:

  • Work as a member of community-based team to provide peer-based individual and group support and information sessions to designated clients within the Youth Mental Health & Substance Use program working from a salutogenic and two-eyed seeing approach using land-based interventions in collaboration with Indigenous Elders and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Provide advocacy for client friendly services free of discrimination and barriers and support clients and their support network with locating friendly health, social and legal services from a cultural perspective.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous Elders and/or traditional teachers, develop relationships based on mutual respect, provide outreach services and organize venues and materials for educational sessions.
  • Assist with coordinating peer support program by applying Indigenous traditions, perform word processing duties, assist with research and other special projects, maintain and compile statistics, participate in committees, task groups, and/or corporate initiatives and engage in and assist the Coordinator with on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


Education & Experience

  • Diploma in a Community Social Services program and two (2) years’ recent related experience advocating and/or providing support to Indigenous youth/young adults, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Personal experience accessing and/or receiving health services in the designated client population/community.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of colonial laws, policies and practices that have negatively impacted Indigenous Peoples.
  • Knowledge of the transgender health system in British Columbia.
  • Knowledge of two-eyed seeing and salutogenic approaches to health and wellness.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with a diverse range of community members, volunteers, and with health, social and legal service providers for the designated client population/community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively/tactfully both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of interruptions and adapt to changes.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Cultural Safety.
  • Knowledge of traditional healing practices
  • Knowledge of the principles of harm reduction in a health care setting.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice.
  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to provide work direction.
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, facilitation, and advocacy.
  • Ability to compose business correspondence.
  • Ability to do basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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