Indigenous Engagement Specialist
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) shares lands with many Indigenous peoples living both in urban centres and in distinct First Nations communities. Engagement and mutually beneficial relationships with our Indigenous partners are important to identify and address public health priorities as determined by our communities.
Under the direction of the Manager of Foundational Standards, the Indigenous Engagement Specialist will assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of the PHU Reconciliation Framework, which will include a comprehensive Indigenous Engagement Strategy for the area. They will work with First Nations communities, rural/urban Indigenous community members and partners, health unit staff, senior management and the Medical Officer of Health to foster meaningful relationships to support better health for Indigenous people.
The Specialist will also support the PHU in meeting the requirements outlined in the Ontario Public Health Foundational Standard on Health Equity as well as implementing the Calls to Action relevant to public health listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 2015. Furthermore, with their deep understanding of Indigenous culture, the Specialist will enhance cultural awareness of staff and ensure culturally appropriate public health initiatives.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant or related field such as Indigenous studies, health policy, public health, etc.;
Five (5) years’ relevant experience working with Indigenous communities, health programming or community development processes;
Strong understanding of Indigenous issues and cultures as well as local Indigenous community groups or agencies;
Familiarity with the structure and history of Indigenous communities within Northeastern Ontario with focus on the Porcupine Health Unit area;
Knowledge of current and emerging public health priorities identified by Indigenous communities and organizations;
Demonstrated skills related to facilitation, consensus-building and consultation;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Ability to speak Cree, Oji-Cree and/or Ojibway is an asset;
Willingness to work flexible hours and travel to meet program needs.
If this opportunity interests you, please send your resume by October 25, 2019 to:
Porcupine Health Unit
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Porcupine Health Unit is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Applicants requiring accommodation are asked to make such requests when contacted for an interview.