First Nations, Inuit and Metis Lead, System Performance #2

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy). Its work is guided by the Strategy, which was refreshed for 2019 to 2029 and will help drive measurable change for all Canadians affected by cancer and a future where fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life. The Partnership works with those on the front lines of cancer care, and people living with the disease, to make system-level changes that improve all aspects of the cancer continuum from prevention, screening and diagnosis through to treatment, clinical care, palliative care and survivorship. Partners include provincial and territorial governments, cancer agencies, health organizations, health-care professionals, people living with cancer and those who care for them, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, governments and organizations. The Partnership’s work is guided by a commitment to reducing inequities in cancer care for underserviced people in Canada such as those living in rural and remote areas, those with low income and new immigrants, and addressing First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples-specific cancer control priorities and actions, outlined in the Strategy, reflecting Canada’s commitment to reconciliation. The Partnership is funded by Health Canada. Learn more about the impact being made by the Partnership with partners across Canada at:

This position is part of the Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division. This division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling and innovations such as digital healthcare. The division monitors emerging health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care. The division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. The division also leads data collection, analysis and reporting to Canadians on the performance of the cancer system and progress of the Partnership and its partners in delivering on the eight priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

Overview of Role

Reporting to the Manager, System Performance, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Lead (the Lead) will be responsible for embedding First Nations, Inuit and Métis priorities acrossthe Performance portfolio, related to the Partnership’s 2022 outcomes and new work identified in the refreshed Strategy. . Fostering a culturally sensitive diversity lens, this highly collaborative role will reinforce the priorities identified and actions required as outlined in the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy).


  • Lead the planning, development and implementation of an approach to measure and report on progress towards the Strategy’s Peoples-specific, self-determined priorities and actions. This includes scoping out a measurement and reporting plan, identifying quantitative (i.e., Peoples-specific, self-determined indicators) and qualitative data that can be used to tell the story of progress, identifying existing or new data sources and writing knowledge products to describe the state of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health equity.
  • Co-create a report on lung cancer and equity in Canada, including content development, facilitating meetings, writing, seeking feedback from internal and external partners, and supporting dissemination and knowledge mobilization activities to increase awareness and uptake of report.
  • Work across the Partnership to identify opportunities for linkages between First Nations, Inuit and Métis partner priorities and new or existing work at the Partnership. This includes exploring and scoping out opportunities to embed First Nations, Inuit and Métis priorities in future benchmarking and reporting efforts and new ways of reporting that are responsive to the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
  • Lead and support partner engagement and maintain continuous partner relations.
  • Contribute to organization-wide initiatives to foster integration, high performance, and program effectiveness and impact, and achievement of outcomes and goals.
Essential Skills, Education and Experience

  • Post-graduate degree in Health Administration, Health Policy or related field.
  • Excellent knowledge of federal, provincial, and/or territorial data systems.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience planning and implementing First Nations, Inuit and Métis led projects. Experience in Indigenous strategy and policy development.
  • Experience in research and analysis that follows OCAP principles as well as Inuit and Métis research protocols and guidelines.
  • Experience in performance measurement and improvement, including development and application of indicators, as well as researching, analyzing and interpreting health system data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write reports and knowledge products aimed at executive, technical and lay audiences. Ability to communicate effectively in both languages an asset.
  • Strong ability to synthesize and convey technical data to cancer experts and non-expert stakeholders.
  • A champion for diversity and inclusion, consciously thinking about who should be included in discussions and planning activity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders at national, provincial and/or territorial levels.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, with experience leading projects through all facets of the project management life cycle. Supports the mobilization of stakeholders and partners around clear outcomes and priorities.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 products. Knowledge and experience working with social media and web-based tools and technology an asset.

August 30, 2020

If you are interested in applying to this position, please attach your CV and cover letter to the application.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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