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Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor (permanent Full Time)

Kitimat, BC
Full Time
7 days ago
Reporting to the Health Service Administrator, Kitimat, the Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor

advises and guides the Kitimat leadership team in developing and maintaining safe and respectful service

practices, patient relations protocols, and support systems for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis patients and

families. The Advisor develops and maintains strong links with local indigenous communities, seeking out

their ongoing input and helping to build sustainable bridges between the communities and the health care

leadership team.

The Advisor participates in the development and updating of service policies/procedures/protocols,

providing input through the lens of cultural safety and respect. The Advisor provides ongoing real-time

advice on the application of NH policies, procedures and protocols as needed. The Advisor maintains

active contact with various available indigenous community support services, such as translation or

housing, and ensures that discharge pge planning clinicians are aware of, and incorporating, these

services for indigenous patients/clients/families. The Advisor works with various care teams, clinical

departments, and administrative service teams to inform and advise on best approaches to ee a safe and

respectful service environment for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis community members and their families.


Education and Experience

- Baccalaureate degree in a related discipline plus at least 7 (seven) years of increasingly responsible

experience, study and training in the areas of First Nations cultural knowledge, related Indigenous

language, mediation, cultural safety, trauma-informed care, problem solving, and facilitation.

Development of these competencies and skills may come from any combination of education, training

and experience such as formal education, practicum experience, study with Elders, or an equivalent

combination of education, training and experience.

- Preference will be given to indigenous candidates for this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Ability to engage in positive relationships with others including heath care professionals and

community members.

- Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust within the local First Nations and Métis


- Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust with Northern Health care providers.

- Advanced ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

- Strong knowledge and understanding of local Indigenous history and culture, and also other

Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

- Ability to understand and convey to others culturally safe care that is based on understanding how

differences in heritage and cultural background can impact a patient's response to an illness

experience and their contact with the health care system.

- Ability to prioritize and organize the daily and weekly workload.

- Ability to operating related computer/communication hardware and software.

- Physical ability to carry out the duties of position.

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