Cultural Programs Coordinator

First Nations Health Programs
Whitehorse General Hospital
Competition No.: 
Closing Date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017
L08 / PSAC Bargaining Unit
Pay Rate: 
$34.16 to $43.22 Per hour
Employment Status: 
Regular Full Time Position
Monthly/weekly hours: 
75 hours bi-weekly


Reporting to the Director, First Nation Health Programs, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the Traditional Medicine Program, Traditional Diet Program, and other First Nations culture-based programming offered by YHC.  This includes informing patients and families of availability of the traditional foods and medicines, traditional healing options, interpretation and Elder services.  The incumbent contacts the helpers/healers of patients’ choice and facilitates traditional healing through foods and medicines.  The incumbent will also be responsible for the care and use of the Healing Room and any First Nations ceremonies requested.  The incumbent participates in patient care, referrals, planning, counselling and support to First Nation patients and their families as required. The incumbent contributes to the cultural component of the education provided to health care providers and other hospital staff.


Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Excellent knowledge and practice of Traditional Methods of Healing including use of traditional medicines.

  • Excellent knowledge of culture, traditions, social history, and economic conditions of Yukon First Nations.

  • Good knowledge of trends and developments in social service field and considerations for First Nations.

  • Knowledge of Yukon Social Service and Healthcare systems.

  • Knowledge of office practices and procedures.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with First Nations Elders and Traditional Helpers.

  • Initiative to self-direct and manage program delivery.

  • Ability to plan, implement, and co-ordinate meetings, gatherings, and conferences.

  • Strong counselling skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Good research skills.

  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written including public speaking skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills for consensus building and problem solving.

  • Flexibility and good judgment.


The successful candidate will have an Extensive experience with Yukon First Nations people and traditional healing methods (5-7 years directly related experience) and graduation from an acceptable social service or health care program (2 years).  An equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience may be considered. Though not essential to the position, Fluency in one or more Yukon First Nations languages is desired.


Note: Preference will be given to applicants with First Nations ancestry. 


Quoting competition # 2017-082, email your resume by 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017


Human Resources Department

Whitehorse General Hospital


Yukon Hospital Corporation is committed to employment equity.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to consider resumes from International applicants. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada in order to apply, i.e. have Landed Immigrant Status, Work Visa, or be a Canadian Citizen. We thank all those who apply and advise that only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted


Posting Date: March 17, 2017

Last Updated:Fri, 03/17/2017 - 18:17