In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Manager, Aboriginal Health and working as a part of an interdisciplinary team, the Dietitian provides leadership, expertise and support around best practices in Nutrition. The Dietitian works in collaboration with Indigenous Communities, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and other key partners . Grounded in humility and cultural safety (Indigenous specific anti-racism) collaborates with Indigenous peoples to support policy development, program planning and service delivery that enhances self-determination for Indigenous individuals, families and communities. Based on Indigenous perspectives that food is medicine, the Dietitian walks alongside and supports community driven projects that promote Indigenous Food access to safe, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate foods, which promote promoting healthy eating.
The Dietitian has professional, advisory and education responsibilities in food security, nutrition and healthy eating including ensuring Indigenous perspective are considered in the Dietitian scope of practice; advising management, staff and Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations on matters relating to nutrition, food security. The Dietitian also ensures that all activity collaboration on specific initiatives, policy development, community outreach, and Indigenous resource development is undertaken with the understanding of colonial impacts on Indigenous peoples' nutritional health.
The Dietitian builds respectful relationship with local First Nations and Indigenous agencies which influence/support community participation and Indigenous Food Sovereignty. The Dietitian advocates for Indigenous Food Security by facilitating dialogue and ensuring the addressing of Indigenous considerations. With a solid understanding of Indigenous perspectives on Food Sovereignty, the Dietitian will participate in federal/provincial program and policy development to advocate for change.
Travel may be a requirement of this position. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Education, Training And Experience
Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in dietetics/nutrition or equivalent. Completion of an accredited dietetic internship program. Registration with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC) required. Eligible for registration in Dietitians of Canada.
PHSA San'yas Core Health Cultural Safety and 1 Advanced ICS Module. Knowledge of colonial history and Indigenous-specific racism. Evidence of ongoing professional development. Two (2) years of recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills And Abilities
Relational practice grounded in humility.
Demonstrated ability to listen, work collaboratively and build/strengthen networks.
Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous specific racism at the structural and interpersonal levels.
Demonstrated understanding of current and past impacts of colonization.
Demonstrated ability to work in health promotion and Indigenous food sovereignty in an outreach community setting.
Ability to work independently, organize workload and establish priorities.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in both an internal and an Aboriginal community setting.
Ability to work effectively with staff, interdisciplinary teams, inter-sectoral groups or committees and individuals.
Computer literacy, particularly with word processing.
Ability to develop policy and recommend changes and revisions in programs and services and write comprehensive reports and grant applications.
Ability to speak in public, make presentations and address Aboriginal community/organizational groups; do demonstrations to diverse age groups and audiences.
Valid BC Driver's License.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.