Indigenous Health Lead

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 Indigenous Health Lead

Job Opportunity by University Health Network

Job type: Full Time



Position: Indigenous Health Lead
Site: Toronto General Hospital
Department: Social Medicine Program and Wilson Center
Reports to: Co-Chair UHN Indigenous Advisory Group
Salary: $97,000 to $110,000 per annum (to commensurate with experience)
Status: Permanent Full-time

The University Health Network is committed to high quality and equitable care for all patients. Furthermore, UHN recognizes the significant health gaps that continue to exist for Indigenous Peoples and is committed to addressing these gaps by advocating for culturally safe and responsive, high quality, trauma-informed care that is free of racism and discrimination for all Indigenous patients. It is also committed to supporting the well-being of Indigenous staff, learners and health care providers so that they can learn and work in an environment that respects and values their Indigenous identities.

The Indigenous Health Lead will work within UHN as part of the Social Medicine Program and the Wilson Centre to develop system-level change within the organization in order to create culturally safe learning, working and patient care environments. These changes will include, but are not limited to: educational programs about Indigenous cultural safety, anti-racist practice and trauma-informed care; processes and policies to facilitate access to ceremonial practices; culturally responsive programs, referrals and resources; community partnerships to guide new program development and initiatives related to Indigenous health; representation of the University Health Network at local, regional and provincial health tables with a focus on Indigenous health. This position recognizes the University Health Network’s commitment to health equity, to creating a culturally safe institution for Indigenous peoples and other structurally marginalized groups, and to educating future health care providers about health equity.

First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or Indigenous persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of duties (but not limited to):
- Identify and share community opportunities that represent the diversity of Indigenous nations, cultural experiences, knowledge translation, and ways of knowing;
- Build partnerships with local Indigenous organizations in the GTA on behalf of the University Health Network to support the development of culturally safe and responsive programs for Indigenous peoples, including the development of an Indigenous health strategy within UHN (with the support of the UHN’s Indigenous Advisory Group);
- Build relationships and support Elders/Knowledge Keepers with ceremonial protocols, events, workshops, and other activities;
- Provide support for students, health care providers and others in the UHN community to develop culturally safe and anti-racist practice with respect to the care of Indigenous Peoples;
- Work in collaboration with the UHN Indigenous Advisory Group to develop and implement educational activities related to Indigenous health and well-being;
- Work with all UHN Department Leads, the UHN Indigenous Advisory Group, senior leaders within UHN and the Executive Director of Health and Social Policy to ensure their knowledge, responsibility and commitment to the implementation of cultural safety and anti-racist practices.

As a role model and champion, you will work to identify and integrate culturally safe, trauma-informed, and anti-racist practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care. The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

- Graduate degree in a related field (or equivalent based on workplace-based learning)
- Up to 3 years' experience working in Indigenous programs related to education
- Dynamic knowledge of Indigenous Nations, community engagement and cultural protocols
- Well-developed public speaking abilities
- Experience building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous communities, Leaders, Elders, Language -Speakers, Oral Historians and Knowledge Keepers
- Advanced computer application skills including in MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook
- Ability to create and utilize databases and spreadsheets
- Well-developed decision-making and judgment skills are required
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required
- Facilitation and /or teaching experience required
- Strong Program development experience required
- Experienced project management skills
- Ability to prioritize at a high level
- Effective problem-solving skills
- Ability to have and use diplomacy and tact at all times

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTED DATE: November 26, 2020 CLOSING DATE: December 10, 2020

Please visit the following site to submit your application:

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.