The Saskatchewan Health Authority is committed to creating a representative workforce, as a representative and culturally-responsive staff, alongside the development of culturally safe programs will improve the health outcomes of the First Nations and Métis community in Saskatchewan, and reduce health care costs associated with their care.
Talia Pfefferle, a consultant with First Nations and Métis Relations with the SHA says “that in order to achieve that goal, it is important that we streamline our process to assist First Nations and Métis applicants during the hiring process. We are hoping that we can help eliminate any confusion about who they need to connect with, or how they need to apply."
Anyone with questions can now email
firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the application process.
Pfefferle says the email address is available to be used on a province-wide basis and is just one phase in the creation of a long-term strategy on this issue to help move the SHA forward in our commitment to this important issue.
Numerous studies have shown a gap in the outcomes of healthcare between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. Those statistics are at the core of the SHA's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action, signed earlier this year. Call to Action 23 provides focus on the need to “increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the healthcare field." In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released 94
Calls to Action that provide direction on addressing the harms caused by the residential school system and advancing the process of reconciliation in a range of areas. Eight of these Calls focus on health and health-related issues.
Hermaline Bear is a health educator with First Nations and Métis Health in Saskatoon.