Organizational improvement through strategic planning creates a more holistic approach to solving the inequity in health care. Partnerships with the Indigenous communities, sharing of knowledge, skills and education will help to build a more culturally safe and representative workforce.

The Southern Health-Santé Sud Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Strategy focuses on:

Community Engagement, Establishing Trust and Partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations – For the Southern Health–Santé Sud Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Strategy to be successful, Southern Health–Santé Sud needs to establish both formal and informal partnerships to build a foundation of trust with First Nations, Métis communities and organizations.

Building for the Future – Providing education / information to Indigenous people  
who are not currently qualified for current or future job opportunities in healthcare to 
allow them to make an informed decision to explore healthcare career opportunities and training.

Building Organizational Indigenous Awareness – Providing information / education to Southern Health-Santé Sud employees on working with Indigenous peers, clients and patients in the workplace and being aware of cultural safety.

Promoting Southern Health–Santé Sud Employment Opportunities to Indigenous peoples (Recruitment) – Attracting qualified Indigenous workers to existing professional and support job opportunities in all of Southern Health–Santé Sud employment opportunities.

Maximizing Indigenous Employee Retention – Identifying issues affecting the retention of Indigenous employees within Southern Health–Santé Sud and undertaking strategies to remove employment issues and barriers.