Lead, Indigenous Health

City Surrey
Job ID 2022-12892
Corporate Professionals - Non-Clinical - Other Positions
Posting Date
2 months ago(5/9/2022 2:23 PM)
Employment Type
Full Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
08:30 - 16:30
Aboriginal Health

Why Fraser Health?

We invite you to apply today and find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health to their friends as an exceptional place to work. A 2022 BC Top Employer, we value diversity in the work force and seek to maintain an environment of Respect, Caring & Trust.

Do you wish to apply your leadership expertise within an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of B.C.’s largest health region? If you answered “yes”, then we want you to discover the next step in your career as a Lead, Indigenous Health – Métis Health and Wellness. This Full Time role will join our Indigenous Cultural Safety team to guide discussions in support of the organization’s strategic priority to embed Indigenous cultural safety. This position is based out of our Central City office in Surrey, B.C. - an ideal location with access to rapid transit, and shopping services as well as other amenities. We hire great people for outstanding jobs and need your help to expand the ability to deliver prompt and professional service.

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations. The Fraser Salish region is home to 32 First Nations Communities and 6 Métis Chartered Communities. Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care. 

At Fraser Health, we value diversity in the workforce and seek to maintain an environment of respect, caring and trust. Fraser Health’s hiring practices aspire to ensure all individuals are treated in an inclusive, equitable and culturally safe manner. For this position, we also want to highlight that individuals with First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for excellence in the position. Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry. 

Effective October 26th 2021, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines).  Please note this applies to all postings, and individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.

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Detailed Overview

Supporting the Vision, Values, Purpose and Commitments of Fraser Health including service delivery that is centered around patients/clients/residents and families:

The Lead, Indigenous Health (IH) provides leadership, coordination, facilitation and support to targeted Indigenous Health initiatives.  As a member of the Aboriginal Health team, the Lead guides discussions in support of the Aboriginal Health program's strategic priorities, leads designated staff, and is accountable for the operational planning and implementation of key initiatives.


  1. Liaises with staff, Indigenous communities and external agencies to identify opportunities to support the health and wellness of First Nations, M�tis and Inuit people in the Fraser Region.

  2. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop, coordinate and evaluate programs/services considering Indigenous client needs, service delivery interrelationships and service potential within a complex environment.

  3. Functions as the point of contact for assigned initiatives. Liaises with internal and external stakeholders and coordinates information flow related to assigned initiatives to ensure timely and responsive updates.

  4. Develops organization-wide and program specific training tools and resources that support FH's commitment to Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety.

  5. Develops and implements health programs to improve access and utilization of mainstream and Aboriginal health program managed services within FH. Evaluates effectiveness to ensure identification of health priorities. Makes recommendations that guide the development of programs and services for FH in meeting AH Strategic Plans.

  6. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, works closely with key internal and external stakeholders to promote education, dialogue and problem solving of health issues affecting Indigenous individuals, families and communities.

  7. Participates in the development of the designated operating budget. Makes recommendations as appropriate. Provides input into the development of short and long-term plans for the AH infrastructure, acquisition of capital equipment and supplies, and for the expansion of services.

  8. Analyzes and compiles data. Maintains related databases. Prepares and submits a variety of progress reports reflecting milestones, goals and objectives. Provides updates on activities including key challenges and successes.

  9. Prepares and submits periodic reports that evaluate the quality of program achievements in alignment with the AH Strategic Plan and FH Performance Plan.

  10. Keeps informed and current on related issues and trends by participating in professional associations, attending conferences, courses and seminars, and reading related literature.

  11. Prepares briefing notes, business cases and issue analyses, impact assessments and risk evaluations by gathering facts, analyzing issues, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. Prepares final reports and presentations for use by internal and external clients.

  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree Indigenous Studies or a relevant health care discipline.  A minimum five (5) years recent, related experience in the field of Indigenous Health, plus an extensive understanding and knowledge of Indigenous Health issues, protocols and health needs, including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the client and community; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.

Skills and Abilities

Demonstrates the LEAD capabilities of Leads Self, Engages Others, Achieves Results, Develops Coalitions and supports Systems Transformation.

Professional/Technical Capabilities:

  • Knowledge of Indigenous health/health care needs in planning and service delivery contexts, including knowledge and understanding of community-based services such as community health centers and Indigenous service providers.

  • Knowledge of the cultures, protocols and traditions of Indigenous people to honor established and new relationships as a representative of the health authority.

  • Demonstrated project management skills including the ability to plan and implement projects with a corporate scope.

  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks in a dynamic environment with changing priorities including ability to manage multiple projects/tasks.


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