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Collaborative Health Coordinator - syilx Nation

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health is looking for a permanent full time Collaborative Health Coordinator - syilx Nation to join our team!

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

• An attractive remuneration package
• Excellent career prospects
• Employer paid training/education
• Employer paid vacation
• Medical Service Plan
• Employer paid insurance premiums
• Extended Health & Dental coverage
• Municipal Pension Plan
• Work-life balance

How will you create an impact?

Interior Health is on a journey towards reconciliation. As a collective, the Interior Health (IH) team acknowledges the traditional territories on which they work, live and play including the lands of the Dãkelh Dené, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwépemc, St’at’imc, syilx and Tŝilhqot’in peoples. IH is committed to working with Aboriginal partners to plan and deliver culturally sensitive health-care services and to deliver on its goal of Improving Health and Wellness.

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is the Tribal Council for the syilx Okanagan Nation. The ONA’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve the syilx Okanagan Nation title and rights. Further, the ONA is charged with providing members with a forum to discuss and form positions on areas of common concern.

The Collaborative Health Coordinator (syilx Nation) position was designed collaboratively between IH and the syilx Nation. This position is accountable to and guided by the LoU committee, associated with the Letter of Understanding (LoU), an agreement between IH and ONA. The position reports to the Manager, Aboriginal Engagement and through shared governance of the role, to the ONA Wellness Manager. An element of this role is focused on coordinating the revitalization and implementation of the LoU engagement process and workplan between IH, ONA and the syilx communities.

The Collaborative Health Coordinator (syilx Nation) will foster collaborative partnerships with the syilx Nation and the communities, patients and families, health care providers and leaders working within IH. Details of these collaborative efforts and joint responsibilities are expressed in the LoU, which includes frameworks of syilx ways of knowing and various agreements that impact health care delivery to syilx peoples. The Collaborative Health Coordinator (syilx Nation) responds to the In Plain Sight Report Recommendations as well as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As such, the Collaborative Health Coordinator (syilx Nation) is oriented to health system transformation, rather than direct service delivery to patients.

This position will be a coordinator of the LoU table and is responsible for coordinating critical conversations and collaborations for the unique holistic healthcare needs of the syilx Nation. The position engages with the syilx Wellness Committee and IH staff and leaders to listen, understand, translate and advocate with IH leadership and employees about syilx Peoples, their culture and specific needs for systems transformation change. This includes setting the stage for improving relationships between syilx communities and IH.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Supports the revitalization and implementation of the LoU engagement process and work plans wherein this position is embedded. This includes bringing various participants together and organizing meaningful engagement processes and activities.
• Creates trusting relationships and respectfully engages with the syilx Nation and Nation communities to listen, learn the context, culture and service delivery needs.
• Works with IH leaders and employees to share understandings about syilx Nation and Nation community context, cultures and service delivery needs, on priority areas identified by the LoU table.
• Facilitates collaboration between the syilx people and IH and provides recommendations to the LoU to reflect evolving situations and needs.
• Advocates for services to be culturally safe, respectful, equitable and free from racism, and advocates for avenues to improve on ways to achieve this. This includes working on deeper reflections on colonization and its impacts on syilx and other Aboriginal peoples and how services are delivered.
• Provides information about IH services through proactive and respectful communication in the method preferred by the syilx Nation and Nation communities.
• Provides timely information and advice to IH employees about emerging Nation and Nation community healthcare needs.
• Works with Nation and Nation community leaders to include IH staff participation in formal gatherings, workshops, conferences, health Improvement activities, etc. as appropriate and desired by the syilx Nation and Nation communities.
• Works with Nation and Nation community members to navigate issues-resolution mechanisms by bringing together the right decision-makers to ensure issues related to culturally safe, efficient and effective care are appropriately based on community needs.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. Apply today!

Why Interior Health is a Top 100 BC Employer

Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).


Education, Training, and Experience:

• A degree or diploma in health policy, public policy, healthcare, population or public health, community development, Indigenous Studies, or other related field.
• Experience with Aboriginal ways of knowing.
• Three years of related experience working in a healthcare environment, including direct, successful experience working with Aboriginal communities.
• OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

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.


Salary range for the position is approximately $72,400 to $104,100 and starting salary 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 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.

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