Aboriginal Cultural Helper #74826

Company: Alberta Health Services

Job Description


  • Advocating and supporting Aboriginal clients and families across the continuum of care—within health care facilities and within the community setting.
  • Promoting awareness of and assisting Aboriginal clients, families, agencies, and communities in accessing Alberta Health Services programs and services.
  • Promoting awareness and assisting in linking Aboriginal clients, families, and communities to non-AHS programs i.e., FCSS, Children’s Services, local social service agencies.
  • Participating in the provision of health promotion and disease/injury prevention programs through partnerships which focus on self-reliance and self-determination.
  • Assisting AHS staff and physicians in obtaining information to better understand the client and family health concerns, social support network, and barriers to access to health care.
  • Providing consultation and assistance to the health care team regarding culturally appropriate service provision.
  • Participating in the provision of cultural awareness education for AHS staff.
  • Developing culturally appropriate educational programs and materials for Aboriginal clients, families, and communities.
  • Facilitating the development of respectful working partnerships between Alberta Health Services [AHS] programs & services and Aboriginal communities, organizations, and agencies.
  • Facilitating educational opportunities for Aboriginal secondary and post-secondary students to work with AHS staff to learn more about Aboriginal culture and the health care culture and thereby encouraging these students to enter the AHS workforce.
  • All Non-Union/Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusions in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.
  • The Aboriginal Cultural Helper reports to the Area Manager Population Public and Indigenous Health.


  • Grade 12 Diploma minimum.
  • College certificate/diploma in related health care discipline, such as Community Health Representative, Social
  • Work, nursing preferred (If part of a registered profession—registration in good standing with applicable governing body).
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge of the diversity of Aboriginal cultural and political structures.
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability and comfort with coaching and teaching individuals and groups.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to solve routine and standard problems.
  • Ability to speak an Aboriginal language is an asset.
  • Evidence of initiative, flexibility and strong commitment.
  • Demonstrated punctuality, adaptability, discretion and confidentiality.
  • AHS values the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • All employees must provide a criminal record check that is satisfactory to AHS in compliance with the AHS Security Screening Procedure.
  • All employees who work in a patient care location are required to submit a completed Communicable Disease Assessment form.
  • All professions must provide proof of licensure or registration with the approved Alberta regulatory college, prior to commencing duties with AHS where applicable: Regulated health professions under the Alberta Health Professions Act and Health Disciplines Act will be required to provide an original copy of a valid practice permit before commencing their duties with AHS. Other professions governed by government acts, college or regulatory body requirements may be required to provide additional documentation.

Additional Information:

In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Fort McMurray Allowance in place to an annual maximum of $12,480. This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.

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