Traditional Addictions Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Hay River
Department: Justice
Job ID: 22689
Salary: $100,269 - $119,750
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to Aboriginal Persons indigenous to the present boundaries of the Northwest Territories and includes any aboriginal person resident at birth and any Canadian aboriginal persons who have lived more than half of their life in the Northwest Territories.

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

The Traditional Addictions Counsellor is responsible for providing addictions counselling and facilitating addictions and correctional group programs from an Indigenous knowledge foundation to inmates at the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre (SMCC) in Hay River. Located in Hay River and working in cooperation with Case Management Team, Elders, Community Corrections, Social Workers, and Community Addictions Counsellors, this position provides addiction services for offenders at SMCC through a holistic and culturally relevant approach.

Some of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position are:

  • Specialized knowledge of addictions, addictions models and addictions counselling;
  • Knowledge of traditional values, customs and ideology of the Indigenous peoples of the NWT.
  • Knowledge of the residential school system, intergenerational trauma and trauma informed care;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Excellent computer skills.

The above knowledge skills and abilities are typically attained by:
A diploma in a Social Science related field and 2 years of experience in an addictions related field or a certificate in addictions counselling and 3 years of experience in an addictions related field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

The incumbent must be First aid and CPR certified and possess a class 4 driver's license.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 446-6421

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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Affirmative Action

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

Criminal Records Check

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

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 4 Driver's License

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.


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


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22689         

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $51.42 per hour to $61.41 per hour (approximately $100,269 - $119,750) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $5,282.