Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

Are you a Clinical Counsellor who is passionate about working with Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness? Are you experienced in harm reduction and interested in providing culturally supportive and safe models of care? The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEHS) is seeking an Indigenous Clinical Counsellor to work with the Indigenous Street Community, support those who have recently transitioned into culturally supportive housing or are in the process of transitioning and accompany individuals at land-based healing camps.




On the front-line in downtown Victoria there is a need to increase support to those unhoused through indigenous approaches and strategies and through a trauma informed counselling lens. The ACEHS is currently operating culturally supportive housing through a model called the Dual Model of Housing Care which includes decolonized harm reduction practice and pathways to healing and recovery. There is critical need still to support those who remain unhoused and to support them within a holistic and cultural context to better meet their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

This position will be part of a front-line team: Indigenous Street nurse and will work closely with the ACEHS Outreach Team and the Director of Housing Development and Research with the intent to gather baseline data in order to create lessons learned on how to better serve and meet the needs of the Indigenous Street community members, including indigenous youth who are unhoused, to  provide supports, determine housing needs, assist in transitioning them into housing and supporting their housing stability and security over time.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry.




Term: October 12, 2021, to August 31, 2022 (with a strong possibility of continuation)

Position Type: Full time, salary

Salary: Starting at $42 – $45 per hour based on experience and education.


Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Holds a Registered Clinical Counsellor designation in British Columbia
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in either psychology or social work
  • Minimum of two years experience working with Indigenous peoples and/or community counselling
  • Experience counselling young adults and adults an asset
  • Preference given to applicants who have experience working with people who are unhoused
  • Progressive understanding of persistent mental illness, addictions, and other challenges and how these impact people’s overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life
  • Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner as you are working with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, lived experiences and abilities
  • Ability to effectively respond and adjust to unexpected events, assess high risk situations, problem-solve, provide crisis intervention, and manage conflict in a culturally supportive manner
  • Ability to work independently and effectively respond to and manage competing demands while adhering to deadlines
  • Effective written, electronic, and verbal communication skills to facilitate interprofessional collaborative practice, healthy and culturally safe environments, and a respectful workplace for community members, staff, guests, and volunteers
  • Experience developing and implementing harm reduction planning including risk assessments and wellness planning considered an asset
  • 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


A Criminal Records Check and up to date First Aid and CPR certification is required.


The ACEHS values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its staff, the ACEH encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.

More about the role: The Indigenous Clinical Counsellor will be stationed at the ACEHS downtown ‘Gathering Space’ and will work closely with a team that includes an Outreach and Community Relations Manager, a Traditional Health and Wellness Manager, an Elder, a Registered ‘Street’ Nurse, and a Youth Housing and Outreach Advocate. The position will meet with Indigenous Street Community members, with a focus on individuals who are unhoused, and will offer one-on-one with them to create wellness and life plans. The position will also participate in case management team meetings with the Outreach and Housing Managers.


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.

Established in 2016, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization whose mission is to end Indigenous homelessness across Vancouver Island by lovingly providing culturally supportive housing and services. Our work is grounded in Indigenous knowledge and centers on the voices of the Indigenous Street Community who share their immediate needs, lived experiences, and thoughts on solutions. Together, these perspectives guide our path toward collective healing, health, and housing stability. Being the sole organization focused on ending Indigenous homelessness on Vancouver Island, the work of the ACEH is critical.

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 ACEHS and the community we serve. Please submit to hr@acehsociety.com and cc’ director@acehsociety.com by September 22, 2021. Only qualified candidates will be interviewed. Interviews will take place on September 27 and September 29, 2021. Please indicate your preferred interview date in your cover letter and we will attempt to accommodate.

Reference ID: Full Time Clinical Counsellor

Job Type: Full-Time

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@acehsociety.com