Indigenous Cultural Liaison – VIRCC

by | Aug 22, 2023

Indigenous North American ancestry/identity is a bona fide occupational
requirement for this position: Only applicants who identify as indigenous (First
Nations, Native American, Metis, Inuit) will be considered for this position.

Job purpose
The Indigenous Cultural Liaison (ICL) provides the Indigenous lens and consults with Indigenous
residents at VIRCC to provide/connect residents with a range of Indigenous specific supports. Using a
culturally informed model that is rooted in harm reduction, the ICL walks alongside residents in their
self-identified and self-determined goals for culture, connection/reconnection, and community
integration; while advocating for access, rights, and Cultural Safety as needed.

Duties and responsibilities
• Identify, develop, and deliver Cultural Services that meet the needs of Indigenous residents within
the operational objectives of VIRCC. Cultural activities can include art, carving, sewing, beading,
drumming, singing, healing circles, smudging, cedar brushing or other ceremonies as approved by
• Collaborate with staff at VIRCC and incorporate Indigenous activities and services into agendas,
committees, and meetings
• Provide spiritual leadership and counseling to individuals or groups of indigenous residents
• Provide a link between Indigenous residents and Elders for spiritual support
• Meet with Indigenous residents as requested by Correctional staff or the residents themselves to
assist in the development of viable release plans
• Provide counselling for Indigenous residents specifically related to spirituality and life skills
• Meet regularly with the Indigenous population within VIRCC, utilizing appropriate resources to
provide guidance and instruction
• Promotes improving outcomes for our Indigenous residents and community and inspires VIRCC staff
to participate
• Support residents with case management and release planning supports
Community Engagement
• Liaise with corrections staff in identifying and referring Indigenous residents to appropriate
• Plan and deliver cultural awareness activities that promote Indigenous cultural heritage and involve
residents in traditional ceremonies; including, Talking Circles, Smudge, Pipe and Sweat Ceremonies
• Provide cultural information sessions to VIRCC staff
• Support relationships and connections to the local First Nations and Metis communities, families,
and Indigenous Service Delivery agencies in support of reintegration into the communities.

• Post-Secondary Diploma in Social Services or another relevant diploma
• Two years of recent, related work experience or an equivalent combination of education, training,
and experience
• Knowledge of legislation and regulations related to Indigenous persons, including residential
schools, the 60’s scoop, child and family welfare system, knowledge of indigenous cultures, services,
ways of holism and recovery
• Current First Aid and CPR certification; Naloxone Certification
• Must provide a clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
• Working knowledge of cultural, policies, and procedures of indigenous governments as it relates to
health and well-being services

Job Requirements
• Ability to establish workload priorities, adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and deal
effectively with conflict situations
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
• Excellent liaison, networking, and advocacy skills
• Well-developed listening skills with the ability to empathize and establish rapport with residents
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Proven community development/networking skills
• Fostering awareness and understanding of the cultural context of trauma related addiction/MH
among Indigenous community members – work to create paths to holism
• Excellent organizational, time management, and file management skills
• MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Must have a reliable vehicle
• We require a criminal records and vulnerable sector check
Work expectations
Most tasks for this position are completed during a 35-hour workweek, however, some flexibility will be
required according to the needs of the program.

Compensation and Benefits
• $26-$30 per hour plus a comprehensive benefit package that includes dental care, employee
assistance program, extended health care, vision care will be offered to the successful

Please submit a resume and detailed cover letter to, indicating why this job posting caught your attention and how your skills and experience are a fit for the key functions in this position:

Please DO NOT drop off applications in person at the JHS office or send your application directly to the Society office. Only digital applications will be considered.
The position will remain open until a successful candidate has been selected.

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