Indigenous Wellness Liaison
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Coastal Health Unit Courtenay, BC, CA
4d ago
  • In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone;
  • as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

    Under the direction of the Regional Manager, Aboriginal Health, the Wellness Liaison supports Indigenous patients, family and community by recognizing the impacts of colonization and advocating for health provider relationships that are trauma informed, patient and family centred, promoting culturally safe engagements.

    Working with the Cultural Safety Program, the Wellness Liaison works to coordinate cultural safety training in alignment with the Island Health's Cultural Safety Program.

    Additionally, the Wellness Liaison engages with the Division of Family Practice, Island Health and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to identify and coordinate opportunities to increase the understanding of wellness, informed by Indigenous perspectives.

    The Wellness Liaison also supports Primary Care Network stakeholders to engage in learning about Indigenous-specific racism and implement practices and processes that are experienced as culturally safe by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


    Education, Training And Experience

    A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in a related discipline. Three (3) years' recent related experience working for Indigenous organization / programs that includes interacting and developing relationships with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities is required.

    In depth understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture, specifically the diverse aboriginal cultures within the Comox Valley area.

    Skills And Abilities

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history, an understanding of the roots of harm (colonization and racism) and the ongoing harm related to historic and current colonial policies.
  • Understanding of the TRC Calls to Action related to health and the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

  • Demonstrated lived and work experience with understanding and knowledge of Indigenous Health and Wellness, including but not limited to : knowledge of local Indigenous peoples, including differences in respect to access to health services, health benefits and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of health and wellness services available, to inform and bring awareness of services and supports to local Indigenous communities including, K'omoks First Nation, urban Indigenous, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
  • Understanding of the significance of incorporating traditional Indigenous perspectives and practices within healthcare and the associated complexities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities and the territories in which they will be serving.Demonstrated awareness and understanding of lateral violence and tensions, rooted in colonization that affect the wellness of Indigenous communities
  • Ability to facilitate courageous conversations while supporting the creation of respectful relationships.
  • Ability for self-reflection and personal development and demonstrated humility.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships through Indigenous ways of communication and coming together.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
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