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Health Support Worker

Tl’azt’en Nation

Fort St. James, BC V0J 1P0
17 Jun 2017
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The Tl’azt’en Nation are a people of the Dakelh, Carrier language group of north central British Columbia. Binche is 30 km north of Fort St James and Tachie is 50 km north of Fort St James; both communities are on the eastern shores of Nakal Bun, Stuart Lake. Dzitlainli is further north on Tremblaur Lake and is seasonally populated.

There are over 1,500 Tl’azt’en members with approximately 600 on reserve.  The health center provides services to 3 communities, Tachie, Binche and Dzitlainli (Middle River) with a satellite office in Binche.

Tl’azt’en  First Nation  and its employees are committed to a proactive holistic approach to health and wellness, and to the delivery of services which are sustainable and honor the customs and traditions of our community.

Title: Home and Community Care Worker
Job Duration: Full Time
Compensation: Competitive

Reporting to: Home Care Nurse

Under the direction of the Home Care & Community Nurse or designate, the Home Care Worker provides quality personal care and home support services within the Tl’azt’en Nation Community.

Primary Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not limited to:
Provides personal and supplemental care duties and services in SFN homes and/or in an institutional settings including (but not limited to) bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, exercise programs, preparation of meals/cooking, laundry, shopping, home cleaning, transportation and minor home maintenance.
Contributes towards promoting and maintaining the physical, psychological and social well-being of adult care/elder care clientele and advocates for dignity and self-respect of clients.
Assists Tl’azt’en families in providing care for terminally ill clients.
Reports changes in client’s health and living arrangements that may affect the individual care plans and assists in identifying and recommending adult care/elder care service delivery strategies and priorities.
Instructs clients in diet/nutrition and available resources.
Actively participates in community interagency meetings regarding adult care/elder care issues and assists in coordinating elder care ev ents.
Assists the Home Care and Community Nursing Coordinator with planning, designing and implementing comprehensive adult care/elder care program activities and initiatives.
Maintains all records in a confidential and accurate manner and informs the Home Care and Community Nursing Coordinator with regular activity updates.


Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent.

A tuberculosis (TB) test and proof of immunization.

Possesses the following certificates/licenses:
Home Care/Resident Care Attendant Certificate;
Valid BC driver’s license;
Transfer/Mechanical Lift Certificate;
Food Safe Certificate;
First Aid and CPR Level C with AED (FR III or EMR Desirable) ;
Workplace Hazardous Management Information System (WHMIS)
Transportation of Dangerous Goods is an asset;
Palliative Care Certificate is an asset;
Foot Care Certificate is an asset;
ASSIST certification or similar certification an asset.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
Knowledge of First Nations cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture impacts on communication patterns, and attitudes and approaches to health issues.
Problem solving techniques/skills.
Ability to work in a diverse environment and part of a team.
Ability to have fun.

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Organization: Tl’azt’en Nation

Department: Community Health Services

Position: Home Support Worker (HCA)

Status: Open

Apply with resume and cover letter addressed to:

Renata Monk Executive Director Tl’azt’en Nation



The Tl’azt’en Nation, or “people by the edge of the bay”, is a First Nations community situated in north-central British Columbia, Canada. We know ourselves as Dakelh (we travel by water) but Europeans called us “Carriers”. Our language, Dakelh, is part of the Athapaskan language group. 

Prior to European contact, Tl’azt’en’s traditional territory covered a vast area along Stuart Lake running up the Tache River almost to Takla Lake to the north. The Keyoh (land) was managed by family units and the family head governed hunting, fishing and gathering in his Keyoh. It was not until the late 1800s that Tl’azt’enne began to gather in central communities in response to the fur trade and the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church. 

The population of Tl’azt’en Nation today is around 1750. Of these, approximately 600 live in one of the main communities of Tache, Binche and Dzitl’ainli, and K’uzche. Tache, the largest of the communities, is situated 65 km north of Fort St. James at the mouth of the Tache River on Stuart Lake. Binche is 25 km from Fort St. James and at the mouth of the Binche River which drains Binche Lake into Stuart Lake. Dzitl'ainli is on Leo Creek Road along side Trembleur Lake. K’uzche is on the Tache River. 

Our main administrative offices are in Tache. Tache also houses are our elementary school, daycare, head start, and health office.

It is our goal to have our culture and language integrated into all aspects of our education from daycare to high school. Over the years we have trained our people to work in our daycare, head start and our community-based elementary school. We are presently working to preserve, digitize and promote our language, stories, and cultural practices so that they will form our curriculum. Our elders are helping us in our effort to reinstate and perpetuate our language and culture before it is all lost. 

Our people still live off the land and we hunt for moose, deer, bear, caribou, mountain goat, and small fur-bearing animals. We set nets for salmon, whitefish, trout, kokanee, spring salmon, and ling cod. We still go to our camp grounds in the summer time and gather food for our winter storage.

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