NORTH BAY INDIGENOUS HUB – CULTURAL PRACTITIONER
Full Time Permanent Position w/Benefits– Competition #NBIH- 20211203
The North Bay Indigenous Hub (NBIH) will provide a wide range of programming services including traditional healing, primary care, health promotion, chronic disease management, family-focused maternal/child health care, mentalwellness care, diabetes care, and a culturally integrated licensed day care facility. All of the programs are to bedelivered in a culturally safe manner to the local urban Indigenous population in addition to our partner First Nations,Nipissing, Temagami and Dokis First Nations. This new Indigenous Primary Health Care team seeks a motivated,self-starter who is passionate about positive health outcomes for Indigenous people.
Under the direction of the Executive Director of the North Bay Indigenous Hub (NBIH), this position will beresponsible to assist in the delivery of culturally safe health and patient care management as part of an inter-professional team at the North Bay Indigenous Hub (NBIH).
- Diploma in Social services, Indigenous studies, or a related field.
- Must have a minimum of 2 years direct work experience in a Health and/or Social Services organization in the capacity such as; Traditional Educator/Facilitator; Social Worker; and/or Healing and Wellness Educator;
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a Traditional and Cultural role as a Healing Facilitator/Elder/Traditional Helper/OShkaabewis(kwe);
- Demonstrated experience with traditional healing and participating in traditional ceremonies;
- Must have experience with clinical client documentation, direct experience with EMR systems is preferred;
- Indigenous language speaker is preferred;
- Computer proficiency including skills with MS Office applications;
- Cultural Safety Training or willingness to obtain upon employment;
- Valid Class G Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Traditional Knowledge acquired through direct work experience with Elders/Healers/Medicine people.
- Evidence to demonstrate knowledge and skills in traditional holistic care, one to one client care, development, research, coaching and mentoring skills, administration, and quality improvement.
- Ongoing mentorship in spiritual healing and learning.
- Knowledgeable in local Indigenous traditional healing methodology.
- Knowledge and ability to use motivational interviewing techniques in practice.
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries.
- Medicinal plant identification, preparation, and ceremonial uses.
- Knowledge of ceremonial spiritual practices.
- Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating male centered healing circles and groups.
- Knowledge of Indigenous history, culture, and worldview.
- Ability to establish effective and collaborative working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including community partners within the Indigenous community.
- Knowledge of Indigenous healthy lifestyles practices.
- Awareness of Health and Social determinants affecting Indigenous people.
- Ability to work with multi-national Indigenous groups and elements of their cultures including Indigenous spirituality, physical activity, and healing methodology.
- Appreciation and respect of others cultural teachings and understanding.
- Ability to work in a kind, supportive manner with Indigenous people and families.
- Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively within an interprofessional team environment.
- Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
- Manage and carry out traditional healing/counselling/spiritual services in accord with local Indigenous cultural paradigms and practices.
- Support traditional Healers to provide traditional healing services to Indigenous people and their families in clinical and community settings, ceremonial rooms, and within ceremonial sites as appropriate.
- Works cooperatively and collaboratively with Elders, Traditional Healers and the clinic interprofessional team including physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians, nurses and health programs coordinators in the delivery of culturally safe, integrated care.
- Consult with Traditional Healing Coordinator about scheduling of services, program development and other service-related tasks.
- Active participation in regular Traditional Healing Service and in Primary Care meetings.
- Assist staff and partnering agencies/communities in understanding the cultural perspectives of health care and illness utilizing ceremony and Indigenous healing methodology.
- Provide traditional educations on disease process, health maintenance and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the prevention of illness.
- Support local Indigenous healing methodology, practices, and treatment procedures, including simple ceremonies, feasts, and blessings and community-wide teachings and spiritual ceremonies.
- Make referrals to other Indigenous practitioners and/or health care staff for complex traditional therapies and or other health care services.
- Screening, assessing, providing referrals and scheduling Traditional Healing Program appointments.
- Partner to integrate and reinforce concepts of holistic health from an Indigenous perspective.
- Seek advice and direction of Elders, Herbalists, Spiritual Healers and Medicine people concerning the ongoing development of this initiative.
- Foster a positive environment through direct consultation with Elders, Traditional Healers, Herbalists and Medicine people in Traditional Healing Methods.
- Mitigate risk of cultural and spiritual harm for NBIH clients, staff and community.
- Provides ongoing and consistent support to clients throughout their healing journeys, including the transfer of knowledge surrounding ceremonial protocols and traditional wellness components, provides clarification when needed, and delivers basic ceremonial preparation for clients in advance of appointments as requested.
- Advise individuals and groups on respective protocol for visiting Traditional Healers and Elders.
- Harvests, stores and inventories essential traditional medicines and herbs.
- Maintains clinical record in accordance with the clinic’s standards of practice, NBIH policy and procedures, and to assume full responsibility for compliance with this.
- Provide information and/or guidance regarding Traditional values and spirituality to a diverse core population including Ojibwa/Chippewa (Anishinaabe), Cree and Haudenosaunee Nations (Oneida, Mohawk, Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Onondaga).
- Facilitate and assist Cultural safety trainer with cross-cultural workshops and/or seminars.
- Maintain the integrity of NBIH’s core of Traditional Indigenous values within policy.
- Create and administer client/participant evaluation forms to ensure community input.
- Advocate on behalf of the community members with regard to equitable access to traditional healing and health services.
- Ensure that effective and efficient use is made of all resources available to the NBIH in order to respond to the healing and wellness needs of the community.
- Be responsible for attending staff meetings; participating in ongoing staff development and training.
- Willingness to participate in ongoing education in the areas of Indigenous Language, Culture and Healing practices.
- Must be willing to travel to our partner First Nations.
As a condition of employment,
- All new employees prior to their start date will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid Human Rights Code-related exemption.
- Provide a current/recent Criminal/Police Records Check with Vulnerable Persons screening.
Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume and three (3) current references no later than 4:30pm, February 18th, 2022, to:
Jennifer Lalonde, Human Resources Manager
North Bay Indigenous Hub - Giiwedno Mshkikiiwgamig
1040 Brookes Street
North Bay, ON P1B 2N6
T: (705) 995-0060
Miigwech to all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. However, the position is open to all applicants.