One of the many challenges facing the Canadian health-care system is ensuring an adequate supply, mix and geographic distribution of employees. Enhancing Aboriginal employment on Vancouver Island in the health-care sector is one of a number of strategies to assist in meeting Island Health’s future workforce needs.
The Island Health Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Strategy focuses on:
Community Engagement, Establishing Trust and Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities and Organizations
For the Island Health Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Strategy to be successful, Island Health needs to establish both formal and informal partnerships to build a foundation of trust with First Nations communities and organizations.
Building for the Future
Providing education and information to Aboriginal people who are not currently qualified for current or future job opportunities in health care to allow them to make an informed decision to explore health-care career opportunities and training.
Building Organizational Aboriginal Awareness
Providing information and education to Island Health employees on working with Aboriginal peers in the workplace and being aware of cultural safety.
Promoting Island Health Employment Opportunities to Aboriginals (Recruitment)
Attracting qualified Aboriginal workers to existing professional and support job opportunities in Island Health.
Maximizing Aboriginal Employee Retention
Identifying issues affecting the retention of Aboriginal employees within Island Health and undertaking strategies to remove employment issues and barriers.