SOUTHWEST ONTARIO ABORIGINAL HEALTH ACCESS CENTRE Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program
Provincial Practice Lead Status: Full-time Location: Toronto, London, Sudbury or Thunder Bay preferred Posting Date: November 29, 2017
The Organization: The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) strives to provide quality, holistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Aboriginal people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit and Métis within the southwest region. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality and are culturally appropriate.
The Program: The Ontario ICS Program is province-wide and works in alignment with the Aboriginal Health Access Centres. The Program facilitates and promotes transformative, decolonizing, anti-Indigenous–racism education, employing evidence-informed and coordinated approaches and strategies. Additionally, the program works in collaborative partnerships to improve awareness about how colonialism is embedded in services and to motivate people with influence to address systemic anti-Indigenous racism within health and social service systems.
The Position: The Provincial Practice Leads work in collaboration with the Ontario ICS staff and partners from within and across sectors and service settings to develop mechanisms for improving cultural safety and thereby health outcomes for Indigenous peoples accessing services in Ontario. This includes working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), publically funded health service agencies and Indigenous service and community partners to develop cultural competencies among service providers and improve the cultural safety of service provider systems and organizations.
Reporting to the Provincial ICS Director, the Practice Lead will:
Organize and co-facilitate in-person workshops to support continued learning and integration
Coordinate, participate in and facilitate knowledge exchange activities to support ongoing anti-racist ICS education that will contribute to transformative and decolonizing system change
Facilitate partnership and organizational change plans/strategies related to ICS with decision makers and leaders
Support partnerships and ICS organizational planning with service delivery partners in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans
Work with decision makers and leaders to develop partnerships and strategies that will improve accountability for embedding ICS within organizations and health systems
Work collaboratively with Director and partners in response to emerging opportunities for advancing anti-Indigenous racism approaches to ICS
A level of education, training, and experience at least equivalent to a Master’s degree in a related discipline informed by an anti-racist, decolonizing, transformative pedagogy
Experience in the facilitation and development of Indigenous cultural safety curriculum and training (degree or training in adult education is an asset)
Experience with knowledge exchange strategies to support transformative system change
Experience interacting with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities as well as health care provider groups, health service providers, government agencies and ministries
Knowledge of education and training techniques, curriculum development and program evaluation methodologies
Knowledge of Indigenous history and communities in Ontario, cultural interference, social determinants of health, and Ontario’s Indigenous health and social service policy and direction
Knowledge of research on frameworks of cultural competency, cultural safety, critical race and cultural responsiveness, with an understanding of how they relate to health and social care, specific to Indigenous populations in Ontario
Strong research, writing and editing skills
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
Strong in-person and online facilitation skills
Critical analysis and problem solving skills drawing on community experience and research
Sensitivity to political and other external environmental issues
Valid Ontario Driver’s “G” license and access to reliable transportation
This job requires provincial travel and additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. The successful candidate will work from a home-office or in a partner office unless located in London.
Please Note: This position is based on annual funding and is full-time @ 35 hours (5 days) per week. Salary is competitive and subject to experience and funding. Comprehensive benefit and HOOPP pension package included.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of 3 references (two references must be from a supervisor or manager) to: