Interior Health Authority is on a journey towards reconciliation. As a collective, the Interior Health team acknowledges the traditional territories on which they work, live and play including the lands of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. Interior Health is committed to working with First Nations and Métis Nation British Columbia to plan and deliver culturally sensitive health-care services and to deliver on its goal of Improving Health and Wellness.
In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization, the Health Coordinator (Nlaka’pamux Nation) is a member of Interior Health’s Aboriginal Engagement Team and is responsible and accountable for representing and advocating for the unique holistic healthcare needs of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation communities. The Health Coordinator (Nlaka’pamux Nation) engages with Nlaka’pamux Nation leaders to listen, understand, translate and teach Interior Health leaders and employees about Nlaka’pamux Nation Community cultures to ensure that healthcare services are delivered to Nlaka’pamux Nation members in a culturally safe and humble manner and without prejudice and inequity.
The Health Coordinator (Nlaka’pamux Nation) embodies the concept of two-eyed seeing—with one eye, viewing the world through Indigenous ways of knowing and with the other eye, viewing the world through Western, or Eurocentric, ways of knowing. With this gift of multiple perspectives, the Health Coordinator (Nlaka’pamux Nation) collaborates with employees across the Interior Health to ensure care delivery is strengthened and a culturally safe, respectful and racism-free manner.
The Health Coordinator (Nlaka’pamux Nation) directly reports to the Manager, Aboriginal Engagement and indirectly reports to the Nlaka’pamux Nation Health and Wellness Manager through a shared governance of the role.
** The worksite location for this position is flexible within British Columbia **
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Creates trusting relationships and respectfully engages with the Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation communities to listen, learn the context, culture and service delivery needs.
2. Translates and teaches Interior Health leaders and employees about Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation community context, cultures and service delivery needs.
3. Provides information about Interior Health services through proactive and respectful communication in the method preferred by the Nlaka’pamux Nation/Nation communities.
4. Advocates for Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation communities by ensuring service design and care delivery is culturally safe, respectful, equitable and free from racism.
5. Provides timely information and advice to Interior Health employees about emerging Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation community healthcare needs.
6. Represents Interior Health at meetings with leaders of assigned Nlaka’pamux Nation communities.
7. Provides recommendations and advice ensure Nlaka’pamux-IH Letters of Understanding are kept current and reflect evolving needs.
8. Works with Nlaka’pamux Nation and Nation community leaders to include Interior Health staff participation in formal gatherings, workshops, conferences, health Improvement activities, etc. as appropriate and desired by the Nation/Nation communities.
9. Works with Nation and Nation community members to navigate issues-resolution mechanisms by bring together the right decision-makers to ensure issues related to culturally safe, efficient and effective care are appropriately based on community needs.
10. Works with Aboriginal Patient Navigators to ensure patients from Nation and Nation communities have access to traditional medicine, healers and elders as part of their care.
Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:
An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer a total compensation package! We have one of the best benefit package and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive (defined benefit) employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.
If this sounds like a perfect opportunity for you, apply today!
Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.
Education, Training, and Experience:
• A degree or diploma in social work, healthcare, or a relevant field (e.g., Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse).
• Three years of related experience working in a healthcare environment, including direct, successful experience working with Nlaka’pamux Nation and/or Nlaka’pamux communities, preferably within the health realm.
• OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Preference will be given to candidates proficient in one or more Indigenous languages.
Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and understanding of Aboriginal people and their culture.
• Knowledge of federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and Aboriginal organizations mandated to provide health services.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative leadership environment.
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a team environment.
• Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a highly dynamic, complex and changing environment.
• A humble and compassionate people-person; communicates with ease with diverse audiences.
• Inspires accountability; has a talent for creating a vision that others want to follow.
• Has an impeccable professional reputation and strong network with Aboriginal communities, preferably in British Columbia.
• Proven ability to lean-in to difficult conversations.
• Demonstrated ability to apply creative and innovative thinking to affect continuous improvement.
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and foster a healthy, effective and efficient work environment.
• Proficiency in the use of personal computer applications.
• Ability to travel.
Starting salary is approximately from $65,200 to $73,400 and will be based on education, training and experience.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.