Family Physician - First Nations Health Authority

Date Posted: May 06, 2024

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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
First Nations Health Authority
8 HRS 12 HRS
2 Year
Family Practice
British Columbia
Jun 07, 2024

Job Description

The First Nations Health Authority is a diverse and transformational health organization of professional, innovative, and dedicated team members and leaders.

The first of its kind in Canada, FNHA works as a health-and-wellness partner with BC First Nations to support self-determination and decision-making to improve health outcomes.

Title: Family Physician - Successful applicants may also indicate if they wish to be considered for a 0.2 FTE medical lead

Contract: Contract up to a 1.0 FTE-typically 1680 hours a year

Location: Fraser Salish, BC (includes on-reserve services)

The salary range is as per the Interim 2024-25 Service Contract Rates . Pre- determined rate ranges are as per the agreement, link attached for specific details on rates.

FNPCI Initiative

The First Nations-led Primary Care Initiative (FNPCI) aims to improve access to primary health-care services for First Nations people across BC in a way that is culturally safe and closer to home. The FNPCI is part of the province’s primary care strategy, which is integrating team-based care in communities throughout B.C. and changing the way primary care is delivered with the creation of primary care networks in partnership with the Regional Health Authorities.

In order to meet the health and wellness needs of First Nations people, it is very important that primary care is culturally safe and culturally informed where Indigenous ways of knowing and being are woven into services.

One of the main objectives of the FNPCI is to develop new First Nations Primary Health Care Centres in rural and urban locations across the province. The centres will provide access to culturally safe, quality primary health care services for First Nations people and their families. The aim is for clients to feel safe, welcomed, valued, respected and heard when they access care services at one of these centres.

About The Centre

The Fraser West First Nations Primary Care Centre (FW-FNPCC), based in the western part of the Fraser Salish Region will provide culturally safe, trauma-informed primary care services to the members of Katzie, Tsawwassen, Kwikwetlem and Semiahmoo First Nation and the diverse Indigenous population living in the western part of the Fraser Region (Burnaby, Tri-Cities, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, White Rock and Delta).

The FW-FNPCC will operate through a number of spoke sites to provide holistic care for Indigenous people, weaving together western medicine and traditional wellness practices. Services are designed to provide wraparound, team-based primary care, mental health and traditional wellness services. The centre will provide safe spaces for Indigenous people and their families seeking high-quality primary care services. It is expected that the centre will initially operate Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays) during regular business hours (this may change over time due to operational needs).

About The Role

The Fraser West First Nations Primary Care Centre is a new primary care hub and spoke model operating across 7 sites to improve access to culturally safe care for First Nations people and their families.

The Family Physician will be the most responsible provider for a patient panel but is expected to collaborate in team based care for patients, and support the practice of Western and Traditional Wellness approaches to patient health. A minimum panel size is typically expected to reach 650 per 1.0 FTE by year 3, and will be confirmed in the clinical service contract. The Family Physician will be expected to travel most working days to different sites to be available for appointments within the community.

Compensation is detailed within the contract and aligns with the Interim 2023-24 Service Contract Rate. Family Physicians are not required to make a contribution towards overhead.

Typically a renewable contract will be negotiated.


The Family Physician (GP) will be responsible for practicing with cultural humility, to provide primary care in a culturally safe, team-based environment that recognizes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the client (and family) to provide whole person care, in compliance with policies and procedures of acceptable BC health and wellness regulations and standards.

About You

  • You are passionate about supporting First Nations individuals and families on their health and wellness journeys;
  • You have an active practicing license in good standing with the College of Physicians of BC (CPSBC);
  • You have training in Cultural Safety & Humility or are willing to take this training;
  • Ideally you have experience working with First Nations people and communities and providing culturally safe care.
  • Current valid driving license and willingness to travel as the 7 sites are throughout the Fraser Salish region

Why Work at the FW-FNPCC

  • We have a common foundation at FNHA through our Vision and Seven Directives to guide us in our daily work.
  • What happens to communities and people we serve happens to us—we care for and respect one another. What happens to us happens to community and the people we serve—we strive for excellence and believe First Nations deserve the best we have to offer.
  • We are wellness champions. We have the historic opportunity to achieve transformative change in First Nations health & wellness, and an obligation to make the most of this opportunity.
  • We are for change makers. Those who are called to act, open to cultural understanding and teachings, and undaunted by unique challenges. We are a young organization, still growing and fast changing.
  • We provide meaningful work rich with transformational learning opportunities.
  • When you work at the FW-FNPCC, you will truly make a difference in your life and for many others.
  • Find purpose beyond your profession. “It starts with me”. Here, your work changes lives, starting with your own.
  • We work together, not apart, with our beautiful and culturally rich First Nations communities in British Columbia.

The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis.

First Nations Health Authority is a first of its kind in Canada and joining our family means being part of a collaborative, diverse and compassionate organization committed to innovating, transforming and redesigning health service delivery for First Nations communities in BC. Leading with culture, all FNHA medical staff are encouraged to continue with their cultural safety and humility learning and engagement activities. A range of relevant courses are available to medical staff who will complete at least one within the first year of joining FNHA.

As a health and wellness organization, the FNHA has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at First Nations Health Authority. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.

How To Apply

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please email .

Anticipated Hire Date: Spring 2024

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