Temporary Wellness Worker

Sep 19, 2022

Job Opportunity: Temporary Wellness Worker

Who We Are

The Mikisew Cree First Nation (Mikisew) has lived on the ancestral lands of the Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park in northeastern Alberta since time immemorial. The lives of our members are linked to the land and to a close understanding of traditions, history, and a natural way of life. Many of our members live in the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, and our traditional lands range over a large portion of Athabasca oil sands deposits. For nearly 30 years, our wholly owned business arm has worked toward the long-term, sustainable economic progress of our Nation and its members through employment and significant investments in education, training, social programs, and infrastructure.


We are currently seeking a Wellness Worker to provide temporary support from April to September 2024. This person will play a vital role in supporting the well-being of our community members. The Wellness Worker is responsible for supporting clients through challenges and unhealthy cycles while providing care and resources to support them. The Wellness Worker will report into the Health Office and additional responsibilities include:

• Support and assist MCFN community members dealing with drug, alcohol & chemical dependency issues.
• Develop and implement culturally appropriate wellness programs and initiatives that align with the needs of Mikisew Cree First Nation.
• Assess clients and make necessary referrals to treatment centers or outside agencies.
• Maintain awareness of community members and their well-being at treatment, as well as being self-aware of hazardous situations.
• Conduct assessments and evaluations to identify the unique needs and challenges faced by community members, particularly in relation to mental health and wellness.
• Make home and occasional institutional visits to provide support for members.
• Maintain accurate and confidential records relating to individual clients.
• Communicate with clients and their family members on treatment plans or programs, and with community groups on treatment programs.
• Develop and maintain a drug and alcohol counselling program.
• Maintain statistics and regular reporting on program delivery.
• Prepare and deliver reports on program status and community trends.
• Plan, coordinate and deliver presentations and workshops for the community on drug and alcohol education, dependencies, and treatment.
• Develop a preventive health program to deal with alcohol and drug issues and dependency.
• Serve as an advocate for community members by liaising with external service providers, agencies, and organizations to ensure access to appropriate resources.
• Attending various community functions.
• Maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, & outside agencies.


• Experience working with Indigenous populations.
• Relevant post-secondary education in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field. A combination of education and experience will also be considered.
• Must have First Aid and CPR certificate.
• Current Applied Suicide and Intervention training.
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Completion of Addictions Services Certificate/Diploma or equivalent program in addictions counseling.
• A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in addiction counseling, preferably with a First Nations organization.

Other Requirements

• Possess a valid Class 5 AB driver’s license and own or access to a vehicle.
• Willingness and ability to work after hours and/or weekends when required.
• Willingness to submit to an oath of confidentiality.
• Willing to work flexible schedule. Combination of in-office and at community locations.
• Must provide and possess a clear criminal record vulnerable sector check.
• Ability to speak and/or understand the Cree language (or another applicable First Nation language) would be beneficial.

How to Apply
If you or someone you know is interested, please send your resume to

We thank all who apply but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview. Thank you!