Alcohol and Drug Support Worker


To work as a team member of the Pabineau Community Health Center. The Alcohol and Drug Support Worker provides culturally sensitive support services to clients and community members impacted by alcohol and drugs substance abuse. By providing individual support work as well as groups and community education. To ensure the provision of care is culturally safe and client centered while fostering an environment that supports traditional Indigenous ways of knowing & healing practices with evidence-based quality care.


  • Preferential consideration will be given to candidates with post secondary education or training or courses in drug addiction field, high school diploma or equivalent experience working in Indigenous health programming.
  • Understanding of Indigenous healing practices and person-centered care and minimum of six (6) months related experience, history of working with health professionals, a history of helping community members with their health issues.
  • Familiar with the process of support work as a peer support or assisting within Indigenous cultural and non- indigenous cultural environment.
  • Working knowledge of Indigenous Health programming at the systems, community, provincial and federal level.
  • Established knowledge of local Indigenous people’s demographics, languages, cultures, customs, and traditions.
  • Established understanding of Canadian colonization, indigenous systemic racism and its impact on the current health and wellness of Indigenous peoples.
  • Ability to foster trusting relationships.
  • An ability to facilitate and/or make referrals as needed.
  • Applicants must be of Indigenous decent.
  • Written and spoken competence in English is required.


  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and/or within Indigenous organizations
  • Previous experience in working with people with alcohol and other drugs addiction
  • Capacity to provide one-on-one support to clients experiencing substance misuse issues
  • be capable of working on his or her own with little direction;
  • be respectful of the privacy of the clients and sensitivity of issues:
  • Demonstrated ability to positively engage, interact and work with people who have complex needs
  • Prepare and submit proposals for additional funding to various funding agencies in an effort to acquire resources that will enhance various programs activities and functions.
  • Submit information to the community website pertaining to program news, events and workshops.
  • Advise and direct client and community members to resources.
  • Ability to collect data and write reports and client notes
  • Ability to manage your time efficiently.
  • Employ good judgement in their work with client, staff and the general public,
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds with specific reference to Indigenous decent.
  • Experience in facilitating groups, conducting community events or running projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues and barriers that impact upon the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
  • Have experience with using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Team and zoom meeting
  • Have professional verbal and written communication skills,
  • Have good interpersonal and administrative skills,
  • be available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • Be willing to undertake training to enhance their skills
  • Be an active member of the Health Center team.
  • Current drivers Licence
  • Indigenous cultural knowledge, practices and life style would be an asset.
Note: Candidate will need to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (or a valid medical certificate exempting them from the vaccine) in order to receive an employment offer.
Location: Pabineau First Nation Community Health Center
Wages: to be discussed during interviews
Number of Position: 1
Duration: To be determined
If you are interested in applying for this employment opportunity, please submit your resume, cover letter, and 2 references to the Pabineau First Nation Human Resource Director Constance Sewell (Connie) by email:
Application Deadline: May 20, 2022
Note: No application will be accepted beyond the closing deadline.
Only those who pass through the screening process will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the Pabineau Community Center.