Plein Milieu aims to reach the youth and adult population across the Plateau Mont-Royal area, with a team composed of street workers, workers engaged in youth academic establishments, social mediators, as well as through projects of housing integration, drop-ins and the distribution of prevention material linked to drug usage (injection and inhalation).
Street Worker for the Indigenous homeless and PWIID (person who inject or inhale drugs) population
The street worker aims to improve the quality of life of the Indigenous homeless population of the Plateau Mont-Royal area, who can be seen in its streets, parks, metros, alleys, organizations, etc. The job requires an understanding of the challenges and impacts of colonization lived by First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. The interventions are focused on alcohol and drug use, safe sexual practices, violence, the introduction to a healthy lifestyle (hygiene, health, nutrition, etc.), the improvement of
living conditions (human rights advocacy, housing search, escorting to appointments or places , social mediation, etc.). The practice prioritizes autonomy, empowerment and harm reduction as its’ main approaches. The job aims to offer a culturally adapted
service to Indigenous people, while respecting their needs.
Under the supervision of the clinical supervisor, the street worker will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Ensure a regular presence in the environment of the Indigenous homeless population (organizations, streets, alleys, parks, apartments, bars, etc.) ;
- Build relationships and offer emotional support through active listening ;
- Intervene according to the harm reduction approach and prioritize autonomy and empowerment ;
- Accompany and offer references to culturally adapted services in response to the person’s needs ;
- Offer support and accompany people in diverse procedures (health, justice, shelter, primary needs, etc.) ;
- Develop relationships and work in collaboration with Indigenous, as well as non-Indigenous resources on a local and regional scale;
- Participate in community and cultural gatherings and other events ;
- Distribute injection, inhalation and contraceptive material (according to protocol put in place by Plein Milieu) ;
- Actively participate in team meetings and their preparation ;
- Work in a team, as well as autonomously ;
- Participate in the development of the organization’s action plan ;
- Take part in trainings and supervision offered at Plein Milieu ;
- Actively participate in a self-help and wellbeing process ;
- Represent Indigenous people and their communities within the organization and its partners ;
- Work in collaboration with members of the team in order to create an inclusive, safe and positive environment ;
- Complete secondary tasks (statistics related to interventions, meetings with partners, drop-ins, etc.).
Training : People with or without a diploma are invited to apply. Lived experience is considered as a valuable background by the employer. Training in substance use, homelesness and mental health will be deemed relevant.
Required knowledge : an excellent familiarity with the effects of colonialism and the impact of intergenerational trauma on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, in addition to comprehension of the harm reduction approach and substance use.
Required skills and abilities : active listening, non violent communication, flexibility and adaptability, autonomy, organisational skills, time management, capacity to communicate in a work setting with basic english and french. Fluency of an Indigenous language is considered an asset. Lived experience, together with a personal understanding of homelesness, sex work or substance consumption are considered as assets.
The employer will prioritize applications from members of First Nations, Inuit or Metis communities and commits to offering support and supervision adapted to the needs of the person who will occupy the position.
35 hours (Tuesday to Saturday)
17,50$ to 18,10$ based on the current collective agreement.
Nature of the position
One year contract with possibility of renewal.
How to apply
Send your CV and motivation letter to Ann Lalumière
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Deadline to apply : October 2nd 2020 at 5:00 PM