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Traditional Wellness Worker


The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary.  There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members.  To learn more about Musqueam, please visit


The Traditional Wellness Worker uses traditional and cultural teachings and communication techniques to maintain and promote Musqueam cultural values, beliefs and teachings, while supporting the Department to achieve its goal of improving health outcomes for the community. The Traditional Wellness Worker works at two levels – with management to plan and oversee the strategies and approaches that are used within the program to ensure cultural safety is always addressed, and with front-line staff who work with community members to ensure they are supported to provide a culturally safe service; are able to ask questions to improve their understanding and practice; are able to source advice in times of conflict or sensitivity to a situation; and are able to receive feedback on the care they provide. Strong observation, listening and communication skills are needed to create a sound understanding of the program goals and challenges, and to work effectively with management and staff to continually improve cultural responsiveness and traditional wellness of the team.  Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Health Manager I Department Leads, the Traditional Wellness Worker provides traditional and cultural services and support to the team by



  • Promoting and supporting overall cultural direction of the team that is consistent with traditional Musqueam cultural values, and vision and mandate;
  • Providing a consultation role in the implementation of cultural competency tools, policies and processes within the team I service
  • Providing assistance in facilitating open communication of staff with community members and their families [participating in client consultations, family meetings, etc].
  • Providing advice on material produced by the team such as brochures, posters and on-line information to ensure it is culturally safe and reflects Musqueam cultural values coordinate with external IT contractors, engineering contractors, municipal, provincial, and federal governments regarding MIB infrastructure and spatial data matters.
  • Supporting management with orientation of new staff in the team according to Musqueam cultural values and traditions
  • Providing in-service training and teachings whenever the opportunity arises to continue strengthening the knowledge, understanding and awareness of staff about Musqueam, their history and their aspirations for their health
  • Provide advice on the facility / setting in which staff work and which clients access, to make recommendations of improvements to create welcoming spaces and help facilities approve improvements.
  • Maintain linkages with other Traditional Wellness workers and Elders in positions across the community


Qualifications & Education

  • Minimum Grade 10 education preferred
  • Training in group education, workshop facilitation is an asset
  • Recognition as culturally competent and respected in the community
  • Sound knowledge of First Nations and Aboriginal history in Canada and culture, and the importance of connection between people, family, community, Nation and land
  • Knowledge and appreciation of Musqueam territory, culture and history
  • Native language speaker is an asset
  • Practical knowledge of Federal, Provincial and First Nations health programming is an asset – including knowledge of key Aboriginal health agencies
  • Excellent oral communication skills with an understanding of various First Nations communication protocols
  • Excellent dispute and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability in providing educational workshops and teachings is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality, professional commitment, flexibility and role modelling
  • Holds and maintains a BC Driver’s license is preferred but not essential
  • Criminal record check is required
  • Preference given to candidates with experience in Open Source technologies, image processing, GPS field inventory, database creation and maintenance, cartographic design, graphic design, and production


Desired Qualities

  • Disciplined and committed to a lifetime of learning;
  • Knows traditional teachings and is committed to helping people within this framework;
  • Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy;
  • Walks his or her talk e. lives a healthy lifestyle within the parameters of traditional values;
  • Able to bring traditional values and life ways into contemporary urban life and living in a practical way;
  • Treats his or her family, spouse, children, parents, Elders and other traditional healers in a respectful and caring manner [all people];
  • Is a positive role model for Aboriginal people;
  • Able to teach and correct behavior with kindness and respect without humiliating the individual;
  • Always hopeful of people and able to see goodness in people;
  • Does not use alcohol or drugs or engage in other destructive addictive behavior




Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

And reference “Traditional Wellness Worker last name, first name” on the subject line


Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.


Position will remain open until filled.


* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.