Indigenous Liaison

First Nations, Inuit and Métis are diverse populations whose health is affected by all social determinants of health, as well as a complex history of colonialism, racism, and residential schools. Social determinants have a significant impact on disease and recovery experiences within these communities.

Aboriginal liaisons may be required to deliver programs away from their offices. They can act as a community resource and for building community relationships. Travel may be required commonly.

Alberta Health Services has a specific program called The Indigenous Health Program that works in partnership with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$18.57 – $41.12

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$36,210 – $80,185

Social and community service workers (4212)

Aboriginal centre co-ordinator; Aboriginal outreach officer - social services; Aboriginal outreach worker; Community liaison worker; Community mental health worker; Community organization worker; Community rehabilitation worker; Community service worker; Community Relations Specialist; Conflict Resolution Specialist; Dispute Resolution Specialist; Negotiator

  1. Completion of a college or university program in social work, health sciences, child and youth care, psychology or other social science or health-related discipline

  2. 2. Knowledgeable about local Aboriginal history, culture, and issues

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$18.57 - $41.12


$36,210 - $80,185


Employment outlook is good to fair in most provinces. More information are available here.

This is a growing but relatively small occupation. There are a limited number of new positions created each year.

Many programs available across Canada. Examples include:

‘Indigenous governance and business management’ program at University of Lethbridge

‘Indigenous social work diploma’ at Yellow head Tribal College Edmonton

Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences Certificate at Ryerson University

Excellent communication skills, ability to work effectively as part of a team, ability to consistently project a positive, professional image, on and off the job; the ability to maintain a balanced perspective; excellent organizational and time management skills; an interest in facilitating individual and organizational growth; negotiation skills; Ability to speak or understand any of the traditional languages

Indigenous liaison officers may go to the communities and may spend a lot of time in travelling. However, most of the time they usually work from the office.

Enrolling into above mentioned programs and obtaining relevant degrees are usually required. Also, volunteering in indigenous social and health services organizations could help. This can be a great opportunity for the Canadian/native born IMGs who went outside Canada for their medical training. Experience of working with or for Indigenous communities or organizations and/or Indigenous Elders is an asset. Previous work experience in a social service environment as a volunteer or in a support capacity may even replace the requirement for formal education for some jobs.