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Co-op Student, Research Assistant

  • Organization First Nations Health Authority
  • Location Vancouver
  • Closing Date Open Until Filled

Full time. Term to February 2022.

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Position Summary

Do you have strong research and communication skills? Do you want to increase your knowledge and understanding of BC First Nations communities, First Nations health governance models, health status and cultural approaches to health and wellness? Do you want to gain competencies in working with indigenous-specific research methods, and support the coordination of complex and multi-faceted research projects?

Within the Research and Knowledge Exchange department, the position will provide research assistant support to a research project entitled, ‘Cultural Safety in Patient-Centred Measurement Methodologies for Indigenous Peoples.’This research aims to better understand how to collect patient experience information from Indigenous health care users in ways that are culturally safe. The role will provide overall support to the Principal Investigators and Senior Research Coordinator of the project.


In this role, the key responsibilities are to:

  • Participate in thematic content analysis of qualitative interviews that will be conducted with key informants
  • Assist in organizing a virtual focus group in the Fall of 2021 to validate study findings
  • Assist in drafting findings, including final research project reports, academic publications, and knowledge translation products such as guidelines documents for government partners and summaries for the general public
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Currently enrolled in either an undergraduate degree program or a master’s degree program, preferably with a focus in a healthcare related field.
  • Experience in understanding cultural safety within a healthcare context, patient-centered care, and Indigenous research methodologies would be beneficial to the placement

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills with preference given to individuals with experience in conducting qualitative analyses and using qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo)
  • Knowledge and/or interest in BC First Nations communities, First Nations health governance models, health status, and cultural approaches to health and wellness
  • Knowledge and/or interest in learning about patient centered care, research and methodologies
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team environment
  • Self-directed and strong work ethic
  • Organized and proactive
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and development
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with others
  • Ability to effectively multi-task in light of project-related priorities
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite, and Microsoft Outlook

About FNHA


The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

What You Can Expect

Joining our family means joining an organization that supports personal growth, in-house training, a paid volunteer day and a unique full-day orientation program.

Leading with culture, all FNHA employees complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We support our family to be leaders in wellness and all staff members develop a yearly wellness plan as part of their performance partnership and goal-setting.


Please note that only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted. If you do not hear from us about this position, please accept our sincere appreciation for your interest in FNHA!

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If you have any inquiries or issues please contact FNHA Recruitment at or 1-844-699-3186.

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