Indigenous Engagement Specialist

Employment type: Permanent

Location: Saskatoon

Hours of work: 37.5

Competition number: 23-08

To apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to quoting competition #23-08.

The mandate of the Health Quality Council is to measure and report on health care quality and to promote and support quality improvement throughout Saskatchewan’s health care system.

HQC is looking for a proactive, committed, and collaborative person to join the Health Quality Council as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit Engagement Specialist. This position will work in service of the province and its citizens to meet the challenges of improving health and health care

What you will do

Relationship Building

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with First Nations and Métis leadership, officials, and community members to support HQC’s goals and strategic direction.
  • Act as a primary interface for the navigation of relationships and partnerships between stakeholders and HQC to ensure alignment with HQC goals.
  • Provide advice and guidance to internal team members and external stakeholders regarding effective engagement with First Nations and Métis leadership and communities to follow appropriate local protocols, customs, and culture.
  • Attends and participates in public events, stakeholder meetings and other opportunities to help promote HQC programs and services.
  • Presents and facilitates community information and engagement sessions to support HQC’s goals and strategic direction.

Engagement Strategy

  • Develop a comprehensive Indigenous Engagement strategy aligned with the organization’s values, goals, and commitments. This includes identifying opportunities for collaboration, addressing challenges, and ensuring the integration of indigenous perspectives into the decision-making process.
  • Work with HQC’s strategic stakeholders to identify partnership opportunities with Indigenous communities and organizations to support HQC’s goals related to First Nations and Métis Health.
  • Identify, propose, and implement strategic initiatives such as continuous improvement and research opportunities for First Nation and Métis engagement strategies.

Internal Collaboration

  • Ensure the provision of sound advice and assistance to all levels of management and staff in the organization specific to First Nation and Métis health and health care programs and services.
  • Serve as a key advisor on other HQC initiatives, working directly with the pertinent teams or staff on projects.
  • Act as an advisor to the Quality Improvement team on the planning and coordination of QI efforts with Indigenous communities to build and sustain positive long-term community and relationships. This also includes acting as and advisor on the development of project plans and timelines, written communications, and key messaging development.
  • Build and strengthen relationships, partnerships, and alliances that support strong engagement and cross-functional management throughout the organization.
  • Responsible for guiding and co-leading culturally responsive training for staff.
  • Support the development and implementation of HQC’s annual cultural responsiveness plan and Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Co-manage HQC’s Cultural Advisory Committee
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who you will work with

You will work closely with Improvement Leads and Researchers and will report to a Program Director. These teams strive to cultivate a culture of collaboration, community, and support.

Who are you

You are looking to make a career to help improve Saskatchewan’s health and health care and have:

  • Direct experience and in-depth knowledge of Indigenous Engagement issues and concerns.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, written and listening skills.
  • Ability to work and navigate in ambiguous environments.
  • Strong ability to work in teams and be a team player.
  • Proficiency in facilitating meetings, public speaking, and community engagement.
  • Skilled at independently organizing, managing, and prioritizing multiple assignments within tight timelines.
  • Strong ability to develop and foster positive relationships and strategic partnerships while building consensus and resolving conflict.
  • Results oriented and demonstrates a clear sense of urgency in striving to deliver on goals and objectives.
  • Willingness to learn and apply quality improvement tools and concepts.
  • Capable of operating a variety of virtual collaboration tools and platforms to support virtual facilitation. 
  • Capable of operating a computer and using Microsoft applications (at minimum Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams).


  • Self-Identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
  • Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation as per HQC’s POLICY RC0028 – Verifying indigenous identity.
  • Have post-secondary education. A combination of education and relevant Indigenous cultural and/or work experience will be considered.
  • 5+ years’ experience developing and fostering strong Indigenous relationships and strategic partnerships that lead to mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment is required.
  • Saskatchewan health care industry experience would be considered an asset.
  • Able to speak Indigenous languages such as Cree, Dakota, Dene, etc. will be considered an asset.
  • Must promote healthy and cultural lifestyle.
  • Employees must also provide and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.

Why it matters

The HQC is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and is proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing accommodation for those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

At the Health Quality Council (HQC), our mission is to make changes happen faster in health and healthcare throughout the lands now known as Saskatchewan, with a vision for optimal health and health care for everyone. The history of colonization and its policies have had a lasting, intergenerational impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. With a shift in strategy in 2019, HQC has embarked on a journey of understanding, learning, and embedding Indigenous culture and ways of being into daily operations and projects. Increasing Indigenous representation at HQC creates opportunity to move beyond status quo and work in ways that respects and honors indigenous culture, so that, together we can enhance health and wellness for Indigenous peoples.

To create an organization of cultural safety and humility, HQC is working towards reconciliation and cultural responsiveness. Here is more about our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.  

What we offer

  • Competitive salary – $83,317 to $108,312
  • Vacation, Scheduled Days Off (SDO) and other types of leave (maternity/paternal/adoption, family/personal leave, sick leave)
  • Comprehensive benefits package with health, dental and pension
  • Wellness Plan
  • Professional development and advancement opportunities; and
  • Inclusive work environments.