Due to the demolition of our Vancouver office in November, the Board of Directors have made the decision to relocate the office to Ontario.  Please send your applications by regular mail as usual, but to the new address at:

130 New Credit Road
Hagersville, Ontario
N0A 1H0

The Board wishes to confirm that all the operations and services of the organization continue as normal.  Please forward your email enquiries regarding ICBOC’s certification, accreditation or any other enquiries to: Programdirector@icboc.ca

 All our announcements regarding the move will be posted on in our announcement page on our website, at https://icboc.ca/resources/publications/announcements/

We encourage you to visit this page regularly for further updates


    The Fall 2021 Virtual Canadian Indigenous Mental Health and Holistic Wellness Conference 

A joint initiative between ICBOC and Jack Hirose and Associates 

ICBOC encourages its Certified members, its partners and allies to support and participate in this first ever virtual national conference, organized in collaboration with Jack Hirose, President and CEO of Jack Hirose and Associates, to advance the Truth and Reconciliation’s calls for action.

Thanks to Jack Hirose committed support, this Indigenous-focused training conference will help to highlight some of the TRC’s important recommendations, in particular the call for Canadians to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and to encourage cultural competency training for all health care professionals.

By including this initiative in his annual conferences offerings, Jack Hirose also responds to the TRC’s call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples (…) https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

For this pilot project, ICBOC has gathered a group of remarkable Indigenous professionals  who will share their expertise and cultural perspectives on Mental Health and Holistic Wellness with Indigenous and interested Canadian participants.

These presenters include:  Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D., Sandi Boucher, Denise Findlay, M.Ed., ACC, Michael DeMolina, Ph.D., MS., LPCS, CDCS, MAC, Sharon R. Baptiste BSW RSW MHT & Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D.

Complete information of this virtual conference, on the presenters and the cost is provided at https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/conference-fall-2021/


We are proud to have the opportunity to demonstrate, through these high caliber Indigenous professionals the leading-edge of Indigenous cultural approaches to health and healing.

We hope to see many of you register for and attend this truly unique opportunity to promote the legitimacy and effectiveness of Indigenous healing approaches. Registration will close on December 6, 2021. Once registered, recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 10, 2022.

Each hour of the webinars is worth 1.5 accredited hours.  

Take advantage of these ICBOC-certification relevant trainings at a special 20% off for ICBOC participants.  To be eligible for the discount, ICBOC members must register for courses on the https://webinars.jackhirose.com/ website and use the promo code, “ICBOC20.”



On behalf of Jack Hirose and Associates and the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC), we would like to invite you to join us for the first ever Canadian Virtual Indigenous Mental Health and Holistic Wellness Conference planned for December 8, 2021. This conference is the first of many upcoming training initiatives planned in collaboration between Jack Hirose and Associates and the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada.

Once again we are grateful for the support of our main sponsors Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. Sunshine Coast Health Centre is one of the top drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs in BC and Canada. Georgia Strait is a women’s-only facility and brings together the collective expertise of highly-trained, experienced professionals to serve women struggling with their mental health.  Jack Hirose and Associates is proud to have aligned with both organizations that support and value quality training for mental health professionals.

We are grateful to all our guest presenters who graciously agreed to participate in the conference and share their expert knowledge as it relates to Indigenous mental health and holistic wellness. Our team of presenters will address an array of relevant topics including: intergenerational trauma; building resilience; living the medicine wheel; uniting mind, body, energy and spirit; healing the legacy effect; strengthening and healing the kinship circle; cultural beliefs and spirituality.

It is our hope that this conference will help all professionals who are interested in learning more about mental health and holistic wellness to better serve indigenous clients/students or other populations. We hope you can join us for this very special event!

Jack Hirose, M.A.

President and CEO

Jack Hirose and Associates



Jack Hirose and Associates Website: http://www.jackhirose.com/

TRC Website



Calls for Action: https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wpcontent/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf


Progress on the Calls for Action: https://ravenreads.org/blogs/news/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-work-summary#:~:text=The%2094%20Calls%20to%20Action%20from%20the%20Truth,serving%20as%20a%20barometer%20for%20Canada%E2%80%99s%20reconciliation%20progress


[i] What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation. Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 2015. http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Principles_2015_05_31_web_o.pdf

[ii}Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. 2015. http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

 [iii] What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation. Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 2015. http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Principles_2015_05_31_web_o.pdf




















(home based position during Pandemic, at the ICBOC Vancouver office post-Pandemic)
The Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC) is looking for a detail-oriented and organized Administrative Assistant to join our team. This is a work-from-home position, until ICBOC establishes that the COVID-19 measures currently in place at our Vancouver Office are no longer necessary.
This part-time position is under the departmental supervision of the Director of Programs and the primary supervision of the Registrar.

ICBOC is a national Indigenous organization offering professional certification to First Nations, Inuit and Metis Workers involved in a growing number of unregulated occupations in the health and social fields. We also provide access to culturally competent and safe education and training through our training accreditation process. Our work is rooted in four main principles: VisionDriven, Culturally-Resonant, Worker-Centered and Professionally Relevant.
We are a small but committed team and are searching for a new member to join and support our sustained growth and reach as Administrative Assistant. Our organization is unique in Canada, and our work demands certain qualities, both on a personal and professional level.
Complete job description available on request.

In the first few months of taking the position, the tasks and responsibilities of the position will be carried out in an at-home setting, it is important that the candidate be able to demonstrate a range of qualities and competencies.
– Reliability, integrity, resourcefulness;
– Emotional Intelligence, capacity and willingness to learn;
– Well organized, detail-oriented, able to prioritise;
– Ability to multi-task and work independently with minimum supervision.

– General office administration, including assistance with Board meetings;
– Assisting with the administration of the ICBOC existing and expanded certification system;
– Teamwork;
– Outreach/promotional team activities aimed at the ICBOC’s network of stakeholders, partners and larger community of interest

– Office administration skills and experience;
– Computer skills – Databases and information systems such as Maximizer, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), publishing software (Adobe or others), Email, Internet etc…
– Writing and editing skills, must be fluent in English;
– Superior customer service skills;
– Post-secondary certificate or diploma in office administration or similar;
– Minimum 2 years experience;
– Knowledge of Indigenous culture issues or/and willingness to take training after
probationary period;
– Knowledge of an Indigenous language or French an asset .

COVID-19 precaution(s)
Remote interview process.

When at ICBOC’s office :
– Adherence to COVID 19 provincial regulations and guidelines in force at the time
– Protective equipment and sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning products are provided

$17.50 per hour for 15 hours per week.
Flexible Schedule to be discussed with the Director and Supervisor during interviews.

To apply for the position please email ProgramDirector@icboc.ca




We are very happy to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2021 ICBOC National Awards.

The deadline to submit your nomination is July 15th, 2021!

We are presenting two awards; The Phoenix Award and The Soaring Eagle Award. At the bottom of the page you will find an Award Nomination Form in both English and French to elect a member of your team you feel worthy of this recognition.

The Phoenix Award

This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies outstanding personal resilience, courage, determination and professional competence in the face of uncommon hardships.  The challenges they have overcome can be professional and/or personal in nature.

The Soaring Eagle Award
This award is presented to an individual whose pursuit of knowledge and skills in her/his field has been exemplary and who has purposefully utilized their knowledge and skills beyond their professional mandate, to serve their community and make a difference in the lives of others.

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Eligibility; the person nominated must:

  • Be professionally certified by the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada.
  • Be employed in an agency, program, or community that predominantly serves First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
  • Be employed, or have been employed and providing the care for which they are being nominated, for three (3) years or more

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Nomination Review Process

All nomination forms must be received at the main office of ICBOC in Vancouver, British Columbia by Thursday July 15th 2021.

The Award Review Panel shall consist of the Interim Executive Director, the Registrar and the Board President, or her/his chosen board designate.

Announcement of Winners

The winners of our National Awards will be notified by email. ICBOC provides each winner with a $500 award bursary. The winner’s names, and if they agree, their photo, will be posted on our website. The Indigenous national media will receive a press release announcing the recipients of the awards. The employer of each of the recipients will also be notified by email.

ICBOC will make every effort to present the awards, at a conference or other event located in the province of the recipients, within 90 days of the announcement.

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How to Submit your Nomination

Nomination forms can be sent via mail or email with the subject; ICBOC AWARDS

Email: admin@icboc.ca 

Mail: 207-2735 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1Z8

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

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Position: Indigenous Health Promoter
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week (Contract, 6 months with a possible extension)

REACH Community Health Centre is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides primary health and dental care, health promotion and prevention programs. We are committed to providing inclusive, accessible, and sustainable programs and services to support the physical and mental health and well-being of our community and individuals within it.

Position Summary

The Indigenous Health Promoter will support our work with the Indigenous communities we serve. Your role will be to act as a cultural bridge to support community members in overcoming barriers to accessing care supporting their health and well-being. This could be through a variety of modalities including: short term counseling, implementing culturally appropriate services, program development, and supporting REACH staff to deepen their understanding of culturally sensitive health practices. The IHP will bring their experience working with Indigenous communities in a health or mental health setting. We are seeking an innovator who is able to successfully engage in the community, and work across departments within an inter-disciplinary team to support existing services. Some flexibility in hours may be required (for evening or weekend events). Preference will be given to indigenous applicants and we encourage all those with relevant education and experience to apply.

Highlights of Responsibilities 

– Provide individual support and short-term counseling as needed, including referral to REACH services and external community resources.
– Assist clients and their families in navigating health care and/or social services systems
– Advocate for clients in a range of settings with diverse service providers.

Highlights of Skills and Abilities 

– Ability to work effectively independently and in an inter-disciplinary team environment.
– Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with individuals, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.
– Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.

Send your resume and cover letter to Amanda in HR at jobs@reachcentre.bc.ca 







They were all children, who never had a chance, once they were snatched away from their families and passed the doors of these forbidding buildings, to defend themselves from the abuse they had to endure, without anyone to comfort them.  Their parents and grand parents never had a chance to protect them. As adults, the children who survived never had a chance to enjoy a life free of the haunting memories.

It is not as if these harrowing stories, straight from survivors, have not been told and retold enough times by now. There is a saying that everyone will understand: walking in some one’s moccasins.

We are all humans. Those Canadian parents who are willing to stop and reflect for one moment how it would feel if their own children were suddenly taken forcibly from them, and be treated the way these innocent indigenous children were, can understand and share the pain of indigenous parents and grandparents.

Will the work of the TRC, who painstakingly, and for years gathered the stories of these survivors, now parents and grandparents, finally bring them some genuine hope that the depth of their grief is also being shared and understood by other Canadian parents and grand parents?

Will this horror of children secretly buried without any trace of their name, be a final recognition that over 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children lived traumatized lives in these places, and the 3,200 who died, many like the children at the residential school at Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc (Kamloops)?

All children, who ever they are, are part of the human family. All or us at ICBOC, share in the sorrow of all Indigenous peoples all over Canada who are mourning these innocent children.

After a tender and painful few days and numerous requests for guidance on how to talk to kids about Residential schools, Monique Gray-Smith produced a short video supporting educators, families and any adult who is being called on to have these tender conversations. We invite you to click on the link below



For those who wish to know more amount Monique and her work:



Native Horizons Treatment Centre Is Hiring


Native Horizons Treatment Centre is seeking interested and qualified individuals for the position of Communications Coordinator. For more information about this job opportunity see details below;

Native Horizons Communications Coordinator Job Posting

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Communications Coordinator
Reports To Executive Director

About Company
Native Horizons Treatment Centre uses a team approach committed to wellness, encompassing a
holistic philosophy to address mental health and addictions in a residential setting that meets the
unique needs of our Native populations. We continue to incorporate our culture and relevant
mainstream practices.

Native Horizons Treatment Centre offers programs and services from our world class centre of
excellence. Residential, out-patient and aftercare treatment is provided to individuals and
communities through networking and mobile initiatives incorporating traditional beliefs.

NHTC will continue to encourage and promote a safe client centered environment, presenting new and
innovative ideas while embracing the Circle of Balance.

Native Horizons Treatment Centre believes in the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Beauty, Faith
and Pride in the delivery of all programs and services.

Posting Summary

Native Horizons Treatment Centre is looking to fill the position of Communications Coordinator.

The Communications Coordinator must oversee the implementation, and operation of information
distribution and communication solutions for the organizational needs. This position will assist
with the planning, recommendations, and implementation of information, technology projects via
internet, print (hard) copy including newsletters, assisting with annual reports, etc. This role
will also evaluate performance of website, social media sites and make appropriate changes and
updates as necessary.

The Communications Coordinator must possess the following:

• Completion of a post-secondary degree in Computer Sciences, Public Relations,
Communications and Graphics or a related discipline or, a diploma/certificate program in Computer
Sciences or Communications combined with significant experience; or an equivalent combination of
education and related experience;

• Strong demonstrated experience in writing, editing, design and layout, production of
print and electronic communications;

• Must have knowledge and experience in Word Press, Squarespace, Dreamweaver or
similar software program. Proficiency in word processing, Web applications, graphic & publishing
software (MS Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, proficiency in Web software
and aptitude for Web publishing).

• Demonstrated ability to deal effectively and courteously with Board, Staff, Clients,
Communities and the Public;

• Experience operating office equipment including digital camera, projector, smart
board and other devices, etc. Experience in hosting Zoom meetings/gatherings, Facebook Live
sessions and other such mediums;

• Highly developed oral and written communication, problem-solving, troubleshooting
and multitasking skills required. Demonstrated effective time management skills with ability to
prioritize and manage conflicting demands;

• Knowledge of advertising and marketing principles and practices;

• Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently;

• Glass “G” driver’s license along with a proven Driver Record Search and have a
reliable vehicle for reporting to work;

• Availability to work a flexible work schedule including modified hours to
accommodate conferences, trainings, special events, and meeting to meet deadlines;

• Experience in taking photographs for posting on websites, social media, newsletters,

• High level of integrity and work ethic;

• Ability to work individually as well as a contributing member of a team;

• High flexibility with strong interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively
in a diverse environment;

• Must be able to provide a current favorable Criminal Records Search including a
Vulnerable Sector Screening Report as per accreditation standards;

• Native Horizons Treatment Centre is dedicated to promoting equity and diversity and
serving the interests of Aboriginal people. The successful candidate will be primarily engaged in
serving the interests of Aboriginal people. Native Horizons Treatment Centre will give preference
to Aboriginal People who possess the necessary qualifications;

• Must provide three current letters of reference that are related to experience or
knowledge of the position applying for;

• Indigenous Addictions Specialist Certification (or other related) or intent to
obtain such within 6 months of employment.

Applicant Submission Details

SALARY RANGE: TBD and will commensurate with knowledge and experience + GREAT Benefits Package.

CLOSING DATE: June 16, 2021 at 4pm

TO APPLY: In order to be considered, applicants MUST include a cover letter, resume, and 3 current written letters of reference. All documents should clearly state the position applying for. Please
indicate “CONFIDENTIAL” and “ATTENTION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR” and the position applying for on the envelope or subject line of email. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you to all that may apply.

Mail to: Native Horizons Treatment Centre, 130 New Credit Road, Hagersville, Ontario, N0A 1M0
Email to: ed@nhtc.ca

Telephone: 905-768-5144 or 1-877-330-8467

**All applicants must be willing to work in a holistic healing environment that provides residential addiction & trauma services to First Nations Individuals & Families*




The Spring 2021 Virtual Trauma & Addictions Conference: Special Discount for ICBOC Participants


Jack Hirose and Associates 

Register for a unique opportunity to attend. Among the choice of topics and presenters, we recommend the trainings offered by two presenters well known in Indigenous networks: Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Martin Brokenleg. Take advantage of these ICBOC-certification relevant trainings at a special 20% off for ICBOC participants.  To be eligible for the discount, ICBOC members must register for courses on the Jack Hirose and Associates website and use the promo code, “ICBOC20.”

Learn more about the trainings offered by Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Martin Brokenleg, presented by Jack Hirose and Associates.





























Introducing the ICBOC-Accredited Indigenous Educator’s Program



Introducing the ICBOC-Accredited Indigenous Educator’s Program!

Have you ever thought of developing a program to preserve your culture, traditions or to help preserve your language? Have you ever been asked to train someone, mentor another staff member, or develop a new course of your own?

Seize the opportunity to become the Educator everyone wants to learn from, embrace online training technology, design and develop your own training courses, all in one program accredited by ICBOC, and leading to a certification as a Community Educator at level I.

You NEED to know more…





















Email Contact Has Changed



With the addition of a new member of staff and changes in the mandate and roles of ICBOC’s existing staff, email contact with our organization has changed.

Effective April 1st, 2021, all matters related to certification will be under the care of Laura Noonan, who now holds the position of Registrar. She can be reached at registrar@ICBOC.ca

Giselle Robelin, who held the position of Registrar and Director of Standards, is now ICBOC’s Director of programs. Although she has the overall supervision of all ICBOC programs’ implementation, including Certification, her work now focuses on the direct administration of the ICBOC’s Education and Training Accreditation, new Certifications Development and Certification Reciprocity Programs. Her new email address is programdirector@ICBOC.ca

You can still contact the Director of Programs or the Registrar directly for any inquiry, but our new Administrative Assistant, Ingrid Brito, is also at your service and will respond or direct your inquiries to the right member of staff. Ingrid’s email address is admin@icboc.ca