Employment Opportunity: Harm Reduction Awareness and Land-Based Healing Fund Program Coordinator

May 12, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) requires a Harm Reduction Awareness and Land-Based Healing Fund (HRA&LBHF) Program Coordinator to assist in the development of a comprehensive and culturally relevant education and awareness campaign to enhance harm reduction awareness and implement a Land-Based Healing Fund to support substance addiction recovery in community. 


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation 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.

A valuable member of the SCO team, the HRA&LBHF Program Coordinator develops and delivers a culturally appropriate education and awareness campaign focused on reducing the harm associated with substance use and develops and administers a granting program for southern First Nations to support land-based substance addictions recovery.

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


Reporting to the Harm Reduction Awareness and Land-Based Healing Fund Program Lead, the Program Coordinator will assist in the coordination, 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 Harm Reduction Awareness and Land-Based Healing Fund (HRA&LBHF) Program.
  • Convene peer groups to provide input on an effective harm reduction awareness campaign.
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate progress of program.
  • Use best practices, literature review, research and community information to develop a comprehensive and culturally appropriate education and informational campaign to increase awareness of harm reduction strategies and reduce the negative consequences associated with substance use in southern First Nation communities.
  • Provide context and support development of social media campaigns focused on reducing overdose events and increasing awareness of harm reduction strategies on International Harm Reduction Day (May 7) and International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31).
  • Use your substantial knowledge of drug use, overdose prevention and harm reduction to design and deliver workshops and presentations 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 substance addiction recovery.
  • Catalogue substance addiction 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 for the HRA&LBHF program.
  • Professionally represent SCO while working with external partners.
  • Develop trusted relationships with community health teams, wellness service providers and community members.
  • Maintain records of program materials and activities to document milestones.
  • 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 addiction treatment, harm reduction 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 delivering workshops and public presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Sound knowledge of trauma-informed care, harm reduction and anti-stigma practices and principles.
  • 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, and be able to prioritize and adapt within a fast-paced changing environment


  • Masters level education
  • Experience developing and delivering granting programs
  • 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 Child Abuse and Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Clear Vulnerable Persons Registry check
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and access to a vehicle for business travel
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required
  • Proof of COVID 19 Vaccination


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

Manager of Human Resources

Southern Chiefs’ Organization


Applications without a cover letter will not be considered complete.

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates, so candidates are encouraged to self-identify.

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