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Employment Opportunity: Substance Use Disorder Awareness and Land-Based Healing Program Coordinator – SCOINC

Press Release

April 5, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Substance Use Disorder and Land-Based Healing Program (SUDA&LBHP) Coordinator to assist in the development of a comprehensive and culturally relevant education and awareness campaign that will enhance problematic substance use and overdose awareness while implementing a Land-Based Healing Fund to support recovery in communities.


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba.  SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

The SUDA&LBHP Coordinator is a valuable member of the SCO Team and assists in the development and delivery of a culturally appropriate and dedicated education and awareness campaign focused on the prevention of, and education about problematic substance use. This role will also provide information to wraparound services and supports for those struggling with substance use disorders. The second part of the SUDA&LBHP consists of developing and administering a granting program for southern First Nations to support land-based addictions recovery.

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to the Substance Use Disorder Awareness and Land-Based Healing Program Lead, the Program Coordinator will assist in the coordination, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of activities related to the program. Duties for this position include:

  • Function as the primary point of contact and assist the Program Lead with the Substance Use Disorder Awareness and Land-Based Healing Program (SUDA&LBHP).
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate the progress of program.
  • Convene focus groups to provide input on an effective awareness campaign.
  • Develop a comprehensive and culturally appropriate education campaign to build awareness of substance use disorders and overdose prevention with evidence-based strategies to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses.
  • Deliver workshops, presentations and seminars on substance use disorders and overdose prevention in southern First Nation schools, health forums and other settings on and off reserve.
  • Develop and administer a granting program where southern Anishinaabe and Dakota citizens and organizations can apply for funds to support land-based recovery.
  • Catalogue recovery programs and services available for those seeking support including traditional Anishinaabe and Dakota healing and wellness community, regional and provincial initiatives.
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications Department to develop educational and outreach campaign materials.
  • Develop trusted relationships with community health teams, wellness service providers and community members.
  • Professionally represent SCO while working with external partners.
  • Maintain records of program materials, activities, and budget statements to document milestones and expenses.
  • Provide Program Lead with progress updates and create presentations and reports on activities for a variety of audiences.
  • Monitor on-going work and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Compile and analyze program data and information to produce progress and annual reports.


  • Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, Indigenous Studies, or related field/discipline is required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the treatment or prevention of problematic substance use or health related field.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of colonization, Indian Residential and Day Schools, the 60’s Scoop, MMIWG2S+, the Child Welfare System, and intergenerational trauma.
  • Appreciation of the significance of Anishinaabe and Dakota ancestral teachings, language, songs, and ceremonies in promoting health and wellness.
  • Experience developing and delivering granting programs.
  • Working knowledge of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, anti-stigma practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of the health delivery landscape and interjurisdictional issues as they relate to First Nations.
  • Experience delivering workshops and public presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality reports for diverse audiences with the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and respectfully.
  • Demonstrated program coordination, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and think critically with strong attention to detail.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in working with the internet, Windows platforms and Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as with a team, be able to prioritize and adapt within a fast-paced changing environment.


  • Masters level education.
  • Fluency in Anishinaabe or Dakota.
  • Experience working in a health-care environment.
  • Knowledge of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) principles.


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Clear Children and Adult Abuse Registry Check.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License as travel will be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body.
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS: Monday, April 18, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | [email protected]

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

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


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