Creating a Culture of Collaboration
Interior Health (IH) is committed to increasing its Aboriginal workforce representation and ensuring that we have Aboriginal People at all levels of the organization. Employment opportunities are available in front line health care positions; in other areas of health care that might not touch the patient, but can impact service provided; and leadership roles. We understand the value of building an Aboriginal representative workforce as an important step in meeting the healthcare needs of Aboriginal Peoples.
“Getting indigenous and Aboriginal people involved in the workforce will really change the organizational culture of the health authority. Simply by having people there that are of Aboriginal ancestry, side by side, they get to learn firsthand some of the experiences our people have been through,” says Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Splatsin te Secwepemc.
We are looking for people who want to make a difference.
“Having Aboriginal People work within our facilities shows our patients coming in that it’s more welcoming and more comfortable. They see other Aboriginal People and they know it feels at home to them and they feel trusted,” says Brad Anderson, Corporate Director, Aboriginal Health.
We are looking for individuals who want to be part of an organization that continues to grow, where opportunities exist to build strong professionals that then in turn lead to building stronger families and communities.
54 First Nations communities reside within the Interior Health region. Clusters of communities form Nations that are the Dãkelh Dene, Tsilhoqot’in, Stl’atl’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Syilx Okanagan, Secwepemc, and Ktunaxa.
Within the Interior Health region there are several Métis Chartered communities. More than 16,000 self-identifying Métis people reside in the IH region.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge the skill sets that the Aboriginal people have and that they can really benefit the team at Interior Health, and that’s from volunteer to CEO,” says Tanya Davoren Director of Health, Métis Nation of BC.
Improving the Health of Aboriginal People
Led by a Program Director, the Aboriginal Health Team is dedicated to closing the health status gap experienced by the Aboriginal population by working on specific health initiatives. Aboriginal Health not only focuses on improving the health of the Aboriginal People we care for, but also contributes and supports all areas of health within IH.
IH employs Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APNs) located throughout the IH region who are a resource to patients and their families and to health care providers to ensure culturally competent care. APNs assist health care providers with needs assessment and discharge planning and connect Aboriginal patients with community services.
Be a part of our team that strives to meet the health care needs of Aboriginal Peoples!