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Indigenous Peoples Liaison, BC

Network Development – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Network Development
Employment Type Part-Time


The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury (SCI) research and care. By facilitating an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters, we strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world. The Rick Hansen Institute is proudly accredited by Imagine Canada.

Consistent with RHI’s vision, mission and strategic plan, the Indigenous Peoples Liaison will be responsible for driving the creation and implementation of an indigenous relations strategy to identify and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure this perspective is heard. Internally, the Indigenous Peoples Liaison will work closely with RHI staff including program directors, project leads, and research staff. This role will also work closely with BC Regional Clinical and Consumer Liaison positions and the Lead, Consumer Engagement. 

Externally they will work with individuals, groups and organizations from the indigenous community, provincial, national and international SCI groups and associations, healthcare and public policy decision makers, and key donors and funders. The successful candidate will be an effective relationship-builder able to develop trusting partnerships to uncover the challenges unique to BC indigenous peoples living with SCI, and help develop effective networks to address these challenges.


The Indigenous Peoples Liaison is responsible for:

  • Participating in the development of an indigenous relations strategy for RHI;
  • Identifying opportunities and initiatives to engage indigenous peoples in support of RHI’s operational strategies and activities and leading their implementation;
  • Representing RHI when engaging with First Nations, the Métis Nation BC / Chartered communities, Inuit, SCI consumers, SCI communities, researchers, healthcare groups, and government officials;
  • Increasing stakeholder awareness of the challenges of living with SCI and the role of research in addressing these challenges (training will be provided by RHI);
  • Engaging stakeholders to encourage inclusion of indigenous perspective into RHI initiatives and programs, and facilitating successful partnerships and collaboration between RHI, First Nations, the Métis Nation BC / Chartered communities, Inuit, SCI consumers and other stakeholders, through relationship building;
  • Assisting in identifying, planning, coordinating and delivering structured knowledge exchange opportunities such as Health Cafés, Lunch n’ Learns, in-services, and presentations;
  • Participating in RHI planning, priority setting, resource identification, strategy and policy development, and project management, through providing feedback based on BC SCI indigenous perspectives;
  • Providing regular input and advice to RHI on the interests, needs, priorities and concerns of people living with spinal cord injuries, including proposal reviews;
  • Facilitating meetings and preparing and delivering presentations;
  • Travelling as required within BC and Canada; and
  • Providing other duties as requested. 


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Lived experience of SCI
  • Post-secondary education preferable 
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in a comparable role, working within the community (public, patient, consumer engagement)
  • Experience setting goals and meeting objectives 
  • Experience working with or in health research or the healthcare environment an asset
  • A strong connection to indigenous and SCI communities, and knowledge of the issues, needs and priorities of indigenous individuals with SCI 
  • Hands-on experience with social media communication an asset 
  • Knowledge of the SCI health research environment an asset 
  • Knowledge of the British Columbia healthcare system, including the First Nations Health Authority an asset 
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal government systems and responsibilities, programs and services that are available to Indigenous peoples in British Columbia an asset
  • Knowledge of effective communication strategies with target audiences, including social media usage strategies an asset
  • Communication skills, with a strong emphasis on public presentation skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Creative problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to facilitate meetings in an effective manner
  • Ability to build consensus and influence without direct authority
  • Ability to show initiative and exercise good judgment


Interested and qualified candidates can apply by November 22, 2019. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. As per Section 7 of the Employment Equity Act, RHI may give preference in employment to Indigenous persons. Candidates residing outside of Vancouver will also be considered.

 For more information on the Rick Hansen Institute, please visit our website at           

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Network Development
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