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Indigenous Mental Health Services Liaison (Calgary, AB) - Expires December 1, 2017

Indigenous Mental Health Services Liaison

Bow Valley College is the largest and fastest growing Comprehensive Community College in Alberta. We have over 20 locations across southern Alberta helping 14,000 learners each year. Our mission is to contribute to the vitality of communities and strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services which equip students for successful living, lifelong learning, and employment in a global knowledge-based environment.

Why work at Bow Valley College?  We have recently been named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for 2017. Bow Valley College is made up of employees who are committed to our learners´ success, as well as each other´s. Our staff and faculty consistently say it is the people who keep them at the College, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, and the incredible support they receive from their co-workers and supervisors. 

The Learner Success Services (LSS) department is looking for an Indigenous Mental Health Services Liaison to complement their team. 

For Indigenous learners, mental health must be viewed holistically, inclusive of spirituality, culture and social conditions and must recognize the historical and socio-political context of Indigenous mental health, including the impact of colonization; intergenerational and/or other trauma, loss and grief; separation of families and children; loss of traditional lands; loss of culture and identity; and the effect of social inequity, stigma, racism and ongoing losses.  As such, mental health supports for Indigenous learners requires focused efforts.

Reporting to the Coordinator, Counselling and Wellness, the Indigenous Mental Health Services Liaison will work closely with the Mental Health Outreach Liaison and the Iniikokaan Centre team to:

  • Develop and launch strategically identified Indigenous learner mental health programs and initiatives grounded in an Indigenous, holistic, perspective;
  • Liaise with Indigenous community stakeholders and support relevant agencies to enhance on-campus mental health supports for Indigenous learners and facilitate connections to broader resources within the community.


Indigenous Mental Health Program Development, Delivery and Evaluation - 80%

  • In consultation and collaboration with the Mental Health Outreach Liaison, responsible to develop and deliver mental health and wellness programs that are relevant to the Indigenous campus population and delivered with an Indigenous perspective, through an Indigenous lens.  Programming may include:
    • learner training and engagement programs,
    • sharing circles,
    • a holistic approach to health and healing:  Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, and Physical
    • medicine wheel teachings,
    • traditional ceremony,
    • elder visits and programming,
    • workshops,
    • conferences,
    • written bulletins (paper/electronic), brochures, posters,
    • social media campaigns
    • presentations to faculty and staff
  • With a goal to improve overall campus mental health and well-being, collaborates with a wide range of campus stakeholders, including learners, staff, faculty, elders, and Indigenous agencies and service providers to:
    • inform programming content,
    • gather resources
    • identify needs and opportunities for Indigenous mental health education programming
    • improve referral processes within the broader community
    • promote culturally safer services and supports by considering how we can collectively learn from Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being within existing supports and services
  • Conducts market research regarding best practices to deliver Indigenous-focused mental health initiatives.
  • Maintains accurate records of student interactions, workshop attendance, resources distributed, evaluation summaries etc.
  • Creates and maintains a workplan for all events which details tasks, identification of delegated staff for task, outcomes, timelines for completion and briefings.
  • Works in partnership with appropriate colleagues in Learner Success Services, to develop communications and marketing materials for events.
  • Responds to requests for events and workshops in a timely and professional manner.
  • Collaborates with the broader LSS team, on events and programs for the purposes of education, awareness, and student engagement.
  • Actively participates in designated regional post-secondary mental health committees as required.

Administration – 20%

  • Monitors budget allocation for Indigenous mental health activities including any modifications that may impact planning or future budget.
  • Ensures budgets are allocated and utilized according to specified deadlines, either set by the College or in accordance with contractual agreements.
  • Ensures compliance with funding guidelines.
  • Supports the completion of third party reports, in accordance with template requirements and timelines.
  • Organizes program development and evaluation such that required performance measures are trackable and reportable.
  • Identifies and implements roles, measures and accountabilities for difference campus stakeholders including faculty, staff, administration, learners, specific departments, etc.
  • Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Social work, counselling, health promotion, nursing, psychology, public health, etc
  • 3 years of experience in related field
  • An equivalent combination of directly related education and experience may be considered 


  • Experience working in an adult or post-secondary education institution would be an asset.
  • In depth knowledge of various mental health issues and how they impact personal and academic success.
  • Recognition and respect for the diversity and uniqueness of individuals with various mental health issues.
  • Knowledge of communication and training strategies/techniques and the ability to design plans for Indigenous audiences.
  • In depth knowledge of Aboriginal history, cultures, worldviews, teachings, current issues and identity.  Experience working with the Indigenous peoples of this area.
  • Detailed knowledge of barriers Indigenous people face in education participation.
  • Recognition and respect for the diversity and uniqueness of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples’ expectations and aspirations.
  • Strong connection to Indigenous Ways of Knowing.
  • Knowledge of cultural awareness and protocol as related to Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Metis & Inuit) and also, experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal organizations, services and other resources in Calgary.
  • Knowledge and fluency in an Aboriginal language.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including effective presentation skills and report writing.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Must be credible, non-judgmental and impartial.
  • Working knowledge of computer applications (Microsoft Office, Internet, Student Information System an asset) general office equipment and keyboarding skills.


This is a full-time project position until March 2019.

Please note that all successful candidates will be required to provide government issued identification and proof of educational qualifications upon hire and may be required to provide an enhanced police information check.


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