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12.666 - Aboriginal Patient Navigator (Full Time)

Job Summary

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator provides support and advocacy for FNIM patients and families across Erie St Clair by facilitating and coordinating access to cancer services (for palliative and supportive care), addressing cultural/spiritual needs, and networking with FNIM and non-Aboriginal partners. The Navigator supports the strategic goals and initiatives of the Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Program (ESC RCP) and Cancer Care Ontario’s (CCO) Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit (ACCU) including the expansion of the Palliative Care Education and Mentorship Program to the Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC) to build capacity in palliative and supportive care, and increase symptom management by expanding the use of Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) to FNIM communities.


  • University degree in health or social sciences field; or college diploma with five years’ work experience in the health and/or social work field
  • Experience working with and extensive knowledge of FNIM peoples language, culture, customs and traditions
  • Experience or knowledge of the health care system and community based resources
  • Work experience in cancer care would be preferred
  • Fluency in a First Nation's language an asset.
  • Possession of valid driver's license and access to a vehicle.
  • French Language proficiency an asset.


  • Establish and maintain relationships with regional FNIM and non-FNIM partners and the provincial and regional palliative care program
  • Communicate regularly with ESC Regional Cancer Program leadership team, regional partners and relevant disciplines on FNIM regional and provincial palliative care initiatives
  • Provide support and expert consultation to healthcare providers within the region to facilitate access to care, services and resources.
  • Provide regional representation in other relevant provincial quality initiatives as required
  • Provide support to FNIM patients with cancer and their families and facilitate access and coordination of services both within and beyond the region
  • Initiate referral to appropriate personnel based on knowledge of the scopes of practice of other members of the health care team/ advocates on behalf of patients and family/significant others
  • In consultation with the patient, family/significant others and the health care team, individualizes the multidisciplinary patient care path to reflect interventions to meet identified needs while promoting cultural appropriateness, safety, privacy, and confidentiality for patient/family/ significant others
  • Review current referral processes and recommend appropriate ways to increase access to cancer services
  • Support and participate in regional and provincial palliative care research and innovation projects
  • Completes an annual workplan identifying key activities, deliverables, performance measures and timelines in collaboration with the ESC FNIM Steering Committee, Aboriginal Cancer Lead and RCP leadership team

We thank all applicants in advance for their interests, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

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