Are you compassionate, caring and empathetic? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with mental health and substance use disorders? Do you want to help stop the cycle of intergenerational trauma that has impacted First Nations people, families, and communities? If so, we are looking to hire a Treatment Counsellor to work with our dynamic teams who enjoy empowering people who strive to live a good life, from the path of a good heart.

Job Summary

This position is an integral part of the treatment and prevention teams that provide traditional healing services for individuals struggling with substance dependency and/or concurrent disorders that impacts them in different life areas. Their primary function is to coordinate and deliver traditional and cultural activities offered in the Nelson House Medicine Lodge programs.

This position requires knowledge of various counselling techniques, group facilitation and presentation skills, assessments, treatment planning and evaluation. Human relations skills are needed to guide, influence and motivate others to attain the Center’s goals and objectives. Must have a good understanding of Indigenous ways of healing that allows the promotion of culture as the foundation to their healing and recovery.

Hours of Work:

Will alternate shifts on a rotation basis; from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or evening shifts from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and includes Saturday and Sunday shifts. *Schedule is currently under revision in consultation with Treatment Team.

Due to the nature of the program, the Treatment Counsellor must have at least one full year of abstinence, free of all substances.

Education and Experience Required:

Graduate from a recognized college or university with a degree or certificate in Social Work, counselling or related field preferred; or any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, abilities, skills and competencies. Employer is willing to train candidates who do not have the education but demonstrate a passion and the ambition to work in this field. For a full job description, please enquire within.

Must have Class 5 minimum, and willing to obtain a Class 4 license. Must have clear Criminal Records Check (within the last 6 months). Must have basic knowledge of MS programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and Excel, or willingness to obtain. Strong ability to maintain confidentiality.


After a successful 3-month probationary period, employees are eligible for the NHML’s comprehensive benefits package that includes dental and vision care, disability insurance and life insurance.

2-bedroom units available for rent on NHML property.

Retention funds of $4,000 per year for those eligible to obtain their certification as Addictions Specialists, from a recognized accrediting body.

Opportunities for training in treatment modalities related to substance abuse, trauma, mental health and participating in Indigenous practices that aid in the healing of program participants.

Salary Range:   $43,264 – $56,932.47 pending education and experience

Deadline:   Friday, June 9, 2023

Start Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Send cover letter, resume, Adult Abuse and Criminal Records Checks to:

Abigail Church, Operations Manager
Phone (204) 484-2256
Cell (204) 670-5261
Email: [email protected]

We thank all those that apply, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.