Senior Advisor, Cultural Safety & Humility

First Nations Health Authority - Metro Vancouver Regional District, BC (30+ days ago)

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The First Nations Health Authority is a diverse and transformational health organization of professional, innovative and dedicated team members and leaders.

The first of its kind in Canada, FNHA works as a health-and-wellness partner with BC First Nations to support self-determination and decision-making to improve health outcomes.

At FNHA, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history. With a unique governing structure and mandate, our fluid work environment means you can play an active role in real change.
Our talented teams value respect and foster lateral kindness in their working relationships. Our holistic approach to wellness, based on First Nations teachings, is incorporated into all aspects of work culture. Where else will you get to create a personal wellness plan as part of your performance goals?

Position Summary

The Senor Advisor contributes knowledge and provides guidance in First Nations culture and values to Director and VP, PPQ in all activities related to Cultural Safety and Humility. The position works in collaboration with the Director to provide strategic advice on partnerships, policy initiatives, and key projects, including the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health (TCFNH) Change Leadership Strategy for Cultural Safety and Humility. The position is the subject matter expert and represents to others the values and beliefs that drives the Cultural Safety and Humility strategy. The position provides advice and guidance to work plans to ensure these values and cultural aspects are embodied in the work of the team. The Senior Advisor initiates, maintains, and develops strong and effective working relationships with colleagues, First Nations communities, and health service partners and organizations, and with federal, provincial and external health system partners and stakeholders.


1. Provides strategic advice and expertise to Director and VP, with focus on alignment with First Nations culture, history and perspectives, to be shared with executives, senior management, and key internal and external partners.
2. Provides advice and guidance to Director and VP on establishing a sound framework for Cultural Safety and Humility that integrates the BC First Nation perspectives, customs, traditions, and belief systems.
3. Leads collaboration processes that demonstrates First Nations culture and values related to cultural safety and humility provincially and nationally.
4. Contributes expertise to and/or leads system-wide strategic partnerships and agreements and action plans related to cultural safety and humility.
5. Provides advisory, development, and support services to ensure that First Nations cultural considerations are within change management, training, and curriculum initiatives.
6. Leads, coordinates, or participates in horizontal initiatives and community engagement, in community engagement, policy, or research involving health partners, other analysts, researchers, and support personnel.
7. Identifies and monitors complex issues, analyses developments and researches international, federal, provincial and First Nations policies and processes as relevant to the work of cultural safety and humility.
8. Oversees development of tools, resources and products that promote cultural safety and humility.
9. Develops and delivers educational and workshop curricula and materials related to cultural safety and humility.
10. Reviews, researches, and provides expertise to ensure cultural appropriateness and relevance in contents for documents, correspondences, presentations and briefing notes.
11. Leads the standardization of key levers such as training, education, policy, and accreditation, which contributes to the development of quality health care in relation to cultural safety and humility.
12. Provides mentorship and guidance on cultural safety and humility strategies to partner organizations provincially and nationally.
13. Undertakes significant document development to ensure that First Nations perspectives and cultural considerations are embedded, including wise practices, partnership agreements, case studies, work plans, reports, briefings, presentations, and process documents related to cultural safety and humility.
14. Provides support and coordination for a number of tripartite, bilateral, and First Nations committees, processes, and governance partnerships in cultural safety and humility. This includes coordinating meetings, and preparing documents and presentation materials.
15. Coordinates activities and information to support established system-wide governance and collaboration processes in cultural safety and humility.
16. Delivers presentations on cultural safety and humility to a wide variety of audiences, both in and outside of BC.
17. Undertakes the planning and development of a broad range of events, symposia, conferences and training related to cultural safety and humility.
18. Participates and leads committees and working groups.
19. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Management Support
1. Support the implementation of quality standards and appropriate processes in the work of the team
2. Develop and oversee work plans and project plans, and provides senior level advice related to budgets as required
3. Provide supervision as appropriate for assigned projects and contracts


  • University Degree in Public Health, Political or Social Science, Health or Public Administration, First Nations Governance, Leadership or other related fields of study, plus 6 to 8 years of related advanced experience in senior policy, strategist, or management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience working with First Nations
  • Experience in providing advice and guidance in First Nations culture, experience, and visions.
  • Significant policy and strategy development and analysis experience
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Awareness - Thorough knowledge of the current First Nations health governance landscape in BC and the critical issues and opportunities for BC First Nations health.
  • Analysis – Synthesizes, assesses and analyzes large volumes of information and applies strategic and tactical thinking, including the ability to understand multiple perspectives, to develop proposed frameworks, approaches, recommendations with minimal supervision.
  • Teamwork/collaboration – Strong interpersonal skills. Interacts with people effectively. Able and willing to share and receive information. Collaborates within the group and across groups. Supports group decisions. Puts group goals ahead of own goals.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changing work environments, work priorities and organizational needs. Able to effectively deal with change and diverse people.
  • Planning/Organizing – Proactively plans and organizes tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives. Sets priorities and schedules activities. Allocates and uses resources properly.
  • Work standards - Sets and maintains high professional and performance standards. Pays close attention to detail, accuracy, quality and ensures follow through in a timely manner. Sticks to commitments and reports back on status of assigned tasks.
  • Motivation - Displays energy and enthusiasm in approaching the job. Commits to putting in additional effort. Maintains high level of productivity. Self-directed.
  • Integrity - Shares complete and accurate information. Maintains confidentiality of highly sensitive information. Adheres to organizational policies and procedures. Meets own commitments.
  • Communication - Strong written and oral communication skills. Expresses ideas succinctly and effectively. Organizes and delivers information appropriately. Listens actively.

The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

What you can Expect from Us

Joining our family means joining an organization that supports personal growth, in-house training, a paid volunteer day and a unique full-day orientation program.

Leading with culture, all FNHA employees complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We support our family to be leaders in wellness and all staff members develop a yearly wellness plan as part of their performance partnership and goal-setting.

Closing Statement

Please note that only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted. If you do not hear from us about this position, please accept our sincere appreciation for your interest in FNHA!

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If you have any inquiries or issues please contact FNHA Recruitment at or 1-844-699-3186.