Child and Youth Care Counsellor - Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok

Job Summary

Location: Across the NWT
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 16699
Wage: See "Salary Information" below.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery.

NTHSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. NTHSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.

Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.

Job Information

The Child, Youth and Care Counsellor reports to the Regional Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addictions, Beaufort Delta and is part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of direct therapeutic services to support the needs of children, youth and their families.  This position ensures that therapeutic plans are developed, followed and are meeting the individual need of the child, youth and family.  The CYCC provides direct client care including individual and environmental assessment (with an emphasis on strengths and assets rather than pathology), intervention planning, individual, family and group counselling and referrals to other important service providers and agencies within the community. The CYCC collaborates with other community services including school principals, teachers, regional inclusive schooling coordinators, social workers, nurses, physicians, Community Health Representatives, RCMP, probation, Victim Services, and local Indigenous and Non-Government Organizations to provide a comprehensive, person and family centered approach to care. 

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling.  Previous experience working in child and youth mental health and addictions is preferred. Relevant equivalencies will be considered. 

There are three vacant CYCC positions: one located in Aklavik, Fort McPherson and Tuktoyaktuk. These positions will work out of the school from September to June, and out of the Community Health Centre from July to August. 

Moose Kerr School (MKS) has approximately 161 students and is located in Aklavik. Aklavik is a multi-ethnic town, home to Inuvialuit, Metis, Gwich'in and non-aboriginal cultures. Situated on the west side of the Mackenzie Delta, approximately 1.6 degrees above the Arctic Circle, Aklavik was once considered the transportation, commercial and administrative capital of the Western Arctic.

Chief Julius School (CJS) has approximately 155 students and is located in Fort McPherson. Fort McPherson has a population of approximately 900. More than 80 per cent of the population is of Gwich'in descent. The economy of the community is primarily based on local businesses such as the local retail outlets, the Fort McPherson Tent & Canvas factory, a local trucking company, government services, and other private enterprises.

Mangilaluk School (MS) has approximately 245 students and is located in Tuktoyaktuk. Tuktoyaktuk/Tuk-tu-yaaq-tuuq (Inuvialuktun: resembling a caribou), is an Inuvialuit Hamlet of about 965 people which is located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean at the tip of the Northwest Territories. Formerly known as Port Brabant, the community was renamed in 1950 and was the first place in Canada to revert to the traditional Native name.

Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School has approximately 110 student and is located in Ulukhaktok. This community of about 400 people is located on the west coast of Victoria Island surrounded by the Beaufort Sea. Ulukhaktok, formerly known as Holman, is a very creative community full of traditional arts and craft artists where printmaking is a large part of the local economy. Ulukhaktok is home to the most northern golf course in the world, which hosts the annual Billy Joss Open tournament every July. 

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:
Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
105 Veteran's Way, Alex Moses Greenland Building
Box 1869
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

More Information


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered, such as:

Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling with two years of directly related experience or two years of Child, Youth Care Work; or,

Diploma in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling with four years of directly related experience or four years of experience in Child, Youth Care Work.

Salary Information

Salary for this position is currently Under Review.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16699       

Closing Date: Open Until filled