Cannabis Substitution Program Contractor


The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEHS) is seeking a contractor/consultant to support the development of its cannabis substitution program, as part of the ACEHS decolonized harm reduction programming. The ACEHS and the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria (CISUR-UVIC) are engaged in a collaborative research project funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

This project centers on developing a managed alcohol program in the context of Indigenous culturally supportive housing, and which is attentive to Indigenous cultural modalities of beings, health, and wellness, referred to by the ACEHS as an Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Residence Program (IAHRRP). Here, the ACEHS and CISUR-UVIC aim to assess cannabis as a harm reduction mechanism in the context of alcohol addiction.


We are a non-profit and registered charitable organization whose sole focus is to support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness with a vision to lead long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of our people living away from home and experiencing homelessness.

Posting Details

Start Date: As soon as possible

End Date: March 31, 2023

Position: Contractor, temporary term position. $12,000.00. Billing when deliverables are met.

Can be worked remotely.


  1. Policy / Procedure Development – completion date January 30th
    1. Develop procedures and policies for cannabis purchases in the context of Canadian law.
    2. Develop and sustain relationships with licensed producers, extractors, and packagers who can accommodate ACEHS purchases for its Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Residence Program (IAHRRP).
    3. Determine preferred cannabis strains in consultation with ACEHS staff and CISUR-UVIC researchers.
  2. Procedures / Policies for Safe Storage and Tracking – completion date January 30th
    1. Develop and implement policies on the receiving and processing shipments of product as well as the appropriate storage of it.
    2. Develop a product and transfer plan that occurs in an accurate and timely manner.
    3. Develop and implement an inventory control process that occurs in a timely manner and includes daily/weekly audits of the inventory, cycle count and full inventory count.
    4. Develop and implement cannabis tracking mechanism in the context of IAHRRP.
  3. Develop Staff Training material – completion date March 31st
    1. Develop a staff education and training module in the context of the IAHRRP.
    2. Develop a research brief on the therapeutic, harm reduction, and social innovation potentiality of IAHRRP
    3. Participate in research design, evidence, and data collection on the efficacy of cannabis substitution in IAHRRP and write a final report that articulates the ACEHS’ distinctive lens of care and compare it and contrast it to other instances of cannabis in harm reduction (if any).
  4. Explore social enterprise opportunities for program participants – completion date March 17th
    1. Develop research memo on social enterprise and the licensed production of cannabis.


  • Experience with developing policies and procedures with considering Federal and Provincial law.
  • Knowledge of the BC healthcare system and experience working in a primary healthcare setting or experience working with physicians and/or allied health care providers preferred.


Must demonstrate and provide writing/research samples and completed consultant projects within the last 2 years.

  • Ability to work respectfully, knowledgeably, and effectively with partners and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
  • Knowledge of health-related issues affecting Indigenous peoples.
  • Demonstrated experience in health system improvement and change management.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and decision-making skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of medical, clinical, and administrative professionals.
  • Ability to multi-task and balance priorities within tight timelines.
  • Demonstrated understanding of local, regional, and provincial Primary Care.
  • Ability to learn from other leaders and elders, modelling the vision and encouraging others to commit to and champion the vision – inspiring others into new ways of working together to provide excellent primary care.
  • Understanding of the intergenerational trauma that occurs because of colonization, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems as well as the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner.


  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks (such as sitting, standing, walking and bending)
  • Ability to use a computer for extended period of time


  • Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry.
  • The ACEH values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its staff, the ACEHS encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.
  • Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter which highlights how your knowledge, skills and abilities will culturally support and contribute to the ACEH and our community.