Indigenous Cultural Safety Lead

Work Area: 
Indigenous Reconciliation
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


Providence Health Care’s Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation team is hiring!

To learn more about the Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation team, check us out here.

We acknowledge that Providence Health Care & the new St. Paul’s Hospital site is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

What does the Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation team do?

The IWR team guides Providence Health Care in its commitment to advance Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, informed by seminal reports like In Plain Sight (2021) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. All of us at Providence are responsible for advancing Indigenous human rights in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, through processes underpinned by mutual respect and dignity. We also continually seek to maximize our capacity to deliver exceptional, culturally safe care to the Indigenous patients that we serve. The Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation team is an integral part of guiding and leading this work.

Implementing innovative solutions to challenges is a key part of advancing culturally safe, identify-affirming care. The implementation of innovative solutions often involves multiple teams and services, and requires coordination and respectful collaboration.

In this position, you will be joining an exceptional, hardworking team balanced with unwavering support for one another and a great sense of humour. The Vice-President of Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation leads the team through a strong vision and provides flexibility and autonomy.

What you will do:
As the Indigenous Cultural Safety Lead, reporting directly to the Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety Development, you will be responsible for managing several aspects of the you will be responsible for leading or supporting the advancement of Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility at Providence Health Care by collaborating with people inside and outside the organization on the development and implementation of ICS training and educational materials and supporting mentorship opportunities. If you share our passion for advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, supporting exceptional, culturally safe care and improving physical spaces for Indigenous patients, this position is for you. Some specifics include:

  • Leading and collaborates with key health system partners on the development and implementation of training or education materials for Indigenous Cultural Safety training materials that align across BC’s health system.
  • Ongoing development/renewal and implementation of training or education materials to support PHC staff in their ICS training or education.
  • Leading, coordinating and facilitating initiatives to support the ongoing work of Truth and Reconciliation and other important Indigenous concepts at PHC, including presentations to departments and units and engaging with staff.
  • Providing guidance and logistics advice to PHC staff and teams about arranging group- or peer-based ICS training and education opportunities.
  • Collaborates with departments across PHC to develop appropriate profession- or site-specific ICS training or education materials to support staff through their ongoing practice of cultural safety and humility, including tailored workshops and resources (e.g., Trauma-informed practice, place-based learning, etc.)

About you:

  • University degree in Education or a relevant health care discipline, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Two (2) years’ recent, related experience in coaching, mentoring, training, conflict resolution and provision of facilitation of Indigenous Cultural Safety curriculum. Two (2) years’ experience working for an Indigenous organization/program, and/or experience in a health care or research setting is an asset.
  • A strong understanding of Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility, and Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Able to manage conflict and sensitivities, particularly across cultural understandings.
  • Effective communicator (written and oral) and relationship builder.
  • Able to assess and evaluate the learning/training needs of staff members, units or departments.
  • Able to thrive in an evolving environment.

Preference will be given to those who self-identify as being First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit.

About us:

Driven by compassion and social justice, we are at the forefront of exceptional care and innovation. Our organization, Providence Health Care, is a proud winner of three prestigious awards:

  • 2022 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
  • 2022 BC’s Top Employers
  • 2022 Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

What we offer:

  • The salary range for this role is $77,822- $111,869 per year, depending on experience.
  • A comprehensive health benefit package, including dental, vision, and life coverage.
  • An orientation session and comprehensive onboarding to all new hires.
  • A chance to grow professionally and personally, as part of a supportive team driven by innovation and the desire to address the future health needs of patients, families and our communities.
  • This position will be required to be on site at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver at least once a week.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent. If your experience is close to the qualifications listed here, please still consider applying.

Providence Health Care is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace for all employees. We strongly believe in an environment where everyone feels valued and respected, which is reflected in our motto “how you want to be treated.” We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, and encourage applications from underrepresented communities, including (but not limited to) BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, immigrants, and people with disabilities.