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The METRO VANCOUVER INDIGENOUS SERVICES SOCIETY (MVISS) , a subsidiary of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) is seeking the following 5 Full-time Permanent Positions for a newly established Mental Wellness and Substance Use agency based in Vancouver, serving Vancouver/ Richmond/ North Shore. MVAEC was incorporated in 2009 and acts as a unified collective voice for the urban Aboriginal population in Metro Vancouver. All positions are permanent full-time with group benefits. ALL applicants must be able to demonstrate they can provide culturally based, trauma-informed practice. Substantial training on the program model will be given to all staff in the first 6 months.


Mental Wellness Counselors/Facilitators (2)
Indigenous-preferred: Ideally, Masters degree with 3+ years of experience, or an Undergrad degree with 5-7+ years of experience. Ability to facilitate Indigenous mental wellness individual and group circle work that is culturally based and trauma-informed. Utilize the best of both western and Indigenous philosophies.

Cultural Wellness Counselors/Facilitators (2)
Indigenous-designated: Minimum 3 years experience ideally with some related training an asset, but not required, e.g. ASIST. Grounded in Indigenous cultures as the Intervention and able to learn to use the Native Wellness Assessment (training provided). Ability to operate in Indigenous cultural frameworks to support trauma informed mental wellness individual and group circle work with Indigenous people, such as leading talking circles, bringing culture to clients and vice versa.

Youth Wellness Counselor/Facilitator (1)
Indigenous-preferred: Undergrad degree with 3+ years of experience; or a College Diploma with 5+ years experience ideally with some related training. Grounded in Indigenous culture. Ability to operate through Indigenous cultural frameworks & facilitate trauma informed mental wellness individual & group circle work with Indigenous youth.


Applicants MUST provide a basic criminal records check and later satisfy an enhanced vulnerable population clearance (this cost will be reimbursed). The nature of this agency is based on Indigenous Relational Care and Indigenous Cultures as the Intervention philosophies; is culturally-based and a trauma-informed practice. Attractive salaries and a group benefits package are offered. Relocation costs will be considered, as well as Secondments.

Please provide:

  1. Cover letter and resume detailing how you meet the requirements;

  2. Self-identification as Indigenous, if applicable; or how you can meet requirements if non- Indigenous, e.g. have worked X number of years with Indigenous people, acquired cultural competency/safety training, etc., and

  3. Proof of professional affiliations in good standing.

If applying for more than one position, please indicate so in your cover letter. For full job postings, please visit While preferences will be given to Indigenous candidates, a mix of experiences and backgrounds, including non-Indigenous persons in some positions may be considered. Apply to  at earliest opportunity. Jobs open until filled.