Policy Analyst

Deadline: Jul 13th - 4:30pm
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

The role of the Policy Analyst is to support SLFNHA and its member communities with the identification, development and evaluation of public health oriented policies to promote improved health outcomes across the Sioux Lookout region. The Analyst will monitor, develop, implement, and advocate for policies that will improve the underlying determinants of health and advance health equity. The Analyst will have a high-level understanding of policy initiatives and will be responsible for briefings and reports for both internal and external communications. The Analyst will facilitate linkages between government policy directions and community directions and will support the advocacy of First Nations health and Treaty rights.


  • Post-secondary degree in Indigenous studies, public health, public administration, law or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience
  • Must have working knowledge of political, legislative and regulatory process impacting First Nations health and First Nations governance
  • Strong understanding of provincial public health legislation and standards (Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Public Health Standards)
  • Knowledge of the complex health service delivery landscape in northern Ontario and the inter-jurisdictional issues as they relate to the First Nations health
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality written reports and presentations for diverse audiences with the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and respectfully
  • Understand and facilitate health program design and the interrelationship with health policy and legislation
  • Experience in a project management capacity
  • Experience with First Nations community engagement, community-based research and First Nations decision making processes
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, advocacy and organizational skills


  • Design and conduct policy analysis projects related to current strategic priorities of Approaches to Community Wellbeing using/incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices
  • Research issues impacting First Nations health, facilitate internal and external dialogue, and write reports
  • Interpret, synthesize, and integrate health data, research evidence, and Indigenous knowledge to provide recommendations to guide policy and programming decisions
  • Analyze provincial and federal legislation relevant to public health and Indigenous communities, identify areas of alignment and discord with SLFNHA and community wishes/priorities/practices, and propose solutions.
  • Collect, create, analyze and disseminate information and evidence to support health planning and decision making around areas of public health interest (i.e. food security, housing, injury prevention, etc.)
  • Research, review, monitor and analyze provincial and federal government initiatives, policy and operational plans which affect the public health of First Nations in the Sioux Lookout area
  • Draft correspondence, proposals, discussion papers, internal document and briefing notes for Approaches to Community Wellbeing Working Group, Negotiations Table, senior management, SLFNHA Board, and Chiefs Committee on Health
  • Liaise with First Nations, organizations and other service agencies
  • Identify effective methods of knowledge transfer based on specific targeted audiences using Indigenous ways of knowing and methods that are culturally and contextually appropriate
  • Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of effective networks and relationships with all levels of leadership/government and other experts as required
  • Participate in the design and management of advocacy strategies related to the determinants of community wellbeing
  • Explore opportunities for funding through proposals and partnerships with other agencies
  • Provide support for the regional strategic health planning function of SLFNHA and facilitate the continued implementation of the Approaches to Community Wellbeing and the Anishinabe Health Plan
  • Provide support to communities in developing healthy public policies through culturally appropriate means
  • Identify and leverage Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous governance structures to support policy and advocacy work in the region
  • All other duties as assigned by Manager