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
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. Qualifications 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
- 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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