Permanent Full-Time Bimaadiziwin Support Worker

Closing Date: May 28, 2024 04:00 PM


The Dryden Regional Health Centre is seeking to fill the following permanent full time position with a highly motivated, team-orientated professional:

Bimaadiziwin Support Worker

Reporting to the Director- Mental Health Services the Bimaadiziwin Support Worker bridges the gap between traditional healing and western medicine, with a strong mental health foundation. Bimaadiziwin - "seeking the good life" will include working with Anishinabe clients while they are in both a community and hospital setting, pursuing improved mental and physical health outcomes. This position will act as a liaison with the medical community, as well as a patient navigator, supporting the patients and families utilizing the Dryden Regional Health Centre and community resources.


  • Provide psychosocial, social and navigational support to First Nations patients and caregivers through assessments, counseling, referrals to other support agencies/services, and completion of appropriate government forms as required
  • Advocacy support for First Nations people accessing care at DRHC
  • Provide mental health counseling and outreach for assigned clients from the Mental Health Department with a primary focus on the Anishinabe client base
  • Provide case management as needed including linkages into the community locally, regionally and provincially such as the rent supplement program. Assist in navigating service delivery networks to find required resources
  • Act as a member of the inter-disciplinary team to ensure the most effective treatment plan
  • Participate in inpatient discharge planning when requested for First Nations patients
  • Health promotion and prevention education
  • Development, management and delivery of programs
  • Co-ordinate referrals for ER patients, inpatients and outpatients to be treated by healers and others familiar with traditional healing as requested
  • Assist and educate health care professionals in their understanding of First Nations cultural norms, traditions and values. Participate in, in conjunction with hospital, regular cultural awareness education sessions
  • Assist individuals and/or communities in organizing healing ceremonies if required
  • Provide or arrange interpretation services for First Nations patients
  • Assist hospitalized patients who have no family/support in the community
  • Assist clients with adjustment to the disease of any chronic illness
  • Maintain statistics, annual reports, operating plans for assigned role
  • Other duties as deemed appropriate by supervisor


The ideal candidate will possess the following key competencies, record of experience and academic preparation:

Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference

  • Post secondary education in the social sciences; Indigenous Studies, Social Worker or Nursing
  • Ability to speak and understand traditional language
  • Previous experience or training in traditional/cultural healing services
  • Experience working in a healthcare environment is considered an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with Dryden Regional Health Centre's Code of Conduct and Standards of Behaviour
  • Demonstrates DRHC Core Values; Accountability, Integrity, Humility, Compassion and Respect
  • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status to be presented prior to hire

This is a Non-Union position. Starting salary is $31.92/hr. Applicants are requested to forward a completed resume and cover letter to:

This posting will remain open until May 28th, 2024; interviews will commence as applications are received, final selection may occur prior to closing. We thank all interested applicants, however only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

The Dryden Regional Health Centre recognizes that it is situated on lands of the Metis and Anishnaabe peoples of Migisi Sahgaigan, Wabigoon, and Wabauskang First Nations. We give gratitude and honor to the Ancestors, Elders, and all Anishnaabe and Metis people for sharing their resources and knowledge. As a community Health Centre, we remember that we serve the people of Treaty #3. Our goal is to improve the health of all our citizens.

The Dryden Regional Health Centre is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. As a French Language Designated Service provider, we welcome applications from bilingual candidates.

Where needed, accommodations for disabilities will be provided, on request, to support participation in all aspects of the recruitment process.


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