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Indigenous Cultural Helper

Alberta Health Services

This is a Contract position in Belleville, ON posted July 11, 2021.

Your Opportunity: As the Indigenous Cultural Helper (ICH), you will provide service delivery to the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement which is located 80kms south of High Level.

This opportunity is for three years & involves providing holistic care to individuals & their families impacted by wildfires in 2019.

The ICH will work collaboratively within a team of AMH service providers based in High Level & will be responsive to the needs of our community partners.

Reporting to the Area Manager, the ICH contributes to educating health care providers about culturally acceptable approaches, promotes respectful relationships with pertinent stakeholders, facilitates Indigenous client centred care & builds understanding & trust between Indigenous people & health care providers.

Just a short 30 minute drive takes you to the hamlet of La Crete which offers all the amenities of a modern town to its population of 3,500 residents.

Come to northern Alberta, where the people are warm, you can expand your horizons & experience the beauty of the North.

If nothing feels better than making a difference in the lives of families in your own community, this is the opportunity for you.

In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Northern Allowance in place to an annual maximum of $6,300.

This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.

Permanent and temporary employees working in excess of one (1) year whose work sites are above the 57th parallel are also eligible to receive an annual reimbursement of personal travel expenses to an annual maximum of $1,235.

Eligible employees will be reimbursed for the cost of one (1) round trip, per calendar year, to any destination within Alberta.

Travel must originate from a community above the 57th parallel to any destination within Alberta and cannot be carried over.

Description: The Indigenous Cultural Helper provides holistic care for Indigenous people and their families educates health care providers about respectful relationships and health care for Indigenous people and builds understanding and trust between Indigenous people and health care providers.

Respecting the historical impacts of colonization, the beauty of Traditional Indigenous beliefs and cultures, the diversity of many beliefs among Indigenous peoples, and the complex Western medical approaches to health, the Indigenous Cultural Helper establishes responsive, sensitive and consultative relationships that enable trust and healing among peoples of very diverse world views and approaches to health and healing.

This position has direct patient contact.

This position is a key component to provide integrated and culturally appropriate health care service delivery for Indigenous patients and families.

The position’s direct contact with patients and ability to provide care through Indigenous healing methods/approaches may be more culturally compatible with some patients’ worldviews and cultural beliefs concerning health and wellness, which increases the AHS capacity to provide safe and appropriate care.

Classification: Aboriginal Cultural Helper Union: Exempt Department: PPHC Wellness & Recovery Plan Primary Location: High Level Northwest Health Ct Negotiable Location: Within North Zone Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits FTE: 1.00 Posting End Date: 22-JAN-2021 Date Available: 01-FEB-2021 Temporary End Date: 24-SEP-2022 Hours per Shift: 7.75 Length of Shift in weeks: 2 Shifts per cycle: 10 Shift Pattern: Days Days Off: Saturday/Sunday Minimum Salary: $22.84 Maximum Salary: $38.07 Vehicle Requirement: Driver’s License, Vehicle Provided Required Qualifications: Recognized by an Indigenous community as being competent in the use of traditional Indigenous practices; Having training and guidance in the use of traditional Indigenous approaches to wellbeing; Having the ability to facilitate connection to traditional healing practices.

Previous experience in a health care setting or in a human services field outside of health care setting, and advanced experience/knowledge of Indigenous healing methods, culture and traditions.

Additional Required Qualifications: Knowledge and respect for the diversity of Indigenous populations and communities.

Knowledge of Indigenous history, worldview, perspectives, beliefs/values, culture and traditions and spirituality is required.

Knowledge and ability to teach and provide use of traditional Indigenous protocol, traditional medicines and Indigenous Healing methods.

Ability to work independently and as part of a health care team.

Critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with others.

Demonstrates good written skills and use of relevant computer software.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to speak a First Nations and/or Metis language is considered an asset.

Experience and/or post-secondary degree in health care or social sciences will be considered an asset