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Become a Member of HSN’s Indigenous Health Advisory Council!

Become a Member of HSN’s Indigenous Health Advisory Council!

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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Member, Health Sciences North Indigenous Health Advisory Council

Natalie Aubin, Regional Vice-President North East Cancer Care and Vice-President Social Accountability, Health Sciences North
Deanna Jones-Keeshig, Director, Indigenous Health, Health Sciences North

Initially, meetings will be virtual, held monthly and be one hour in length. Review of materials and follow-up work may be required, and future potential involvement in working groups.

1 year volunteer term, with option to renew

December 7, 2022

January 20, 2023




Health Sciences North (HSN) is seeking expressions of interest from across our Northeast region to become a member of an Indigenous Health Advisory Council to help guide program and service delivery for Indigenous Peoples at HSN, ensuring culturally safe and appropriate care.




  • Provide guidance and advice on evaluating current service gaps, with an aim to address and prioritize more effective methods of delivering services to Indigenous Peoples / communities
  • Share Indigenous values and teachings in an effort to learn from each other and integrate Indigenous perspectives in our strategies, plans and actions
  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to decision making valuing diversity of opinion, respect, integrity and fairness that is guided by the seven grandfather teachings
  • Ensure accountability to Indigenous Peoples they represent


  • Demonstrated commitment to patient, family and community centered care
  • Knowledge and/or experience in Indigenous health
  • Knowledge and/or experience in co-designing and co-delivering culturally safe and appropriate care
  • Broad understanding of Indigenous history and cultural practices



Based on recommendations for consideration of members for a balanced representative Indigenous Health Advisory Council from Indigenous Partners, we are aiming to be as open and inclusive as possible within a manageable number. We will continue to work with Indigenous Partners in establishment of the Indigenous Health Advisory Council. The following membership is being requested in this call for submissions of interest:

1 Traditional Elder or Knowledge Keeper

1 Youth representative

1 Patient and Family Advisor

3 representatives of First Nation Communities or Tribal Councils

3 representatives of Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), or Indigenous Inter-professional Primary Care Teams (IIPCTs),

3 representative of Metis Councils within the Northeast

2 other representative of other organizations that primarily serve Indigenous Peoples (eg. Indigenous Child welfare organizations, Treatment Centres, Friendship Centres)



Interested parties should forward their expression of interest, curriculum vitae and letter of support, electronically, to by January 20, 2023.


Questions regarding the Call for Expressions of Interest can be addressed to

More about Health Sciences North’s Strategic Goals related to Indigenous Health:

There are two specific outcomes that are a focus in HSN’s Strategic Plan specific to Indigenous Health:

Outcome 12

Provide cultural safety and diversity training programs for our employees, medical staff, learners and volunteers to meet the needs and expectations of disadvantaged and diverse populations (including Indigenous, Francophone, multicultural, LGBTQ2S, street-involved and homeless people). Individuals from these populations will co-design and deliver these training programs.

Outcome 14

Be an active participant in bringing health and social service partners together with Indigenous communities and organizations for the shared purpose of improving health outcomes of Indigenous Peoples. (Through the formation of, and active participation in an Indigenous Advisory Council, we will have a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples and a mutually established action plan framed by the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.)

For more information on HSN and HSN/HSNRI Strategic Plan please visit

HSN/HSNRI 2019-2024 Strategic Plan: