Hoèla Weteèst’eèdeè is a community-based action research project based in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah (Northwest Territories) designed in collaboration by Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN). The study will investigate the burden of chronic stress and the relative contribution of sources of stress related to Giant Mine; identify sub-communities in the study area who have higher levels of chronic stress and examine their unique experiences of the Giant Mine; and understand the unique health and social needs of affected communities to inform healing and mitigation activities.
The study is hiring a nurse on a 3-month term to support study implementation including participant biomarker data collection and follow-up with participants in response to study findings. The biological measures (“biomarkers”) will tell us about 9 different indicators that make up a person’s total “allostatic load”. Measuring allostatic load can indicate “wear and tear” on the body over time to tell us how much stress an individual has experienced over their life. Each study participant will receive information about their individual Allostatic Load Index score in a personal letter with additional support to understand their score, as needed.
Hours of Work: Approximately 300 hours over 3-month contract term. Flexible part-time/full-time hours. This position will have a varying workload over the 3-month contract term. The first month of employment will include up to 37.5 hours per week and hours will be reduced to part-time for the remaining 2 months of the contract. Work hours will include some evenings and weekends.
*** The successful candidate will be based in Yellowknife, Ndilo or Dettah working from a central site office in Yellowknife. Travel between community offices may also be required.
Support with Study Data Collection and Analysis
- Participate in 3 days of in-person training, including: Wıìlıìdeh language and Dene wellness workshop, Mental Health First Aid, guidelines for biomarker data collection, COVID measures and other study protocols;
- Sign an Oath of Confidentiality for commitment to research protocols;
- Provide interested community members with information and resources about the study (e.g., website) and respond to questions and requests for additional information;
- Review and discuss participant consent form with interested participants (e.g., clearly communicate study purpose, foreseeable risks and benefits to participation, and option to withdraw from the study at any time);
- Collect participant biomarker blood sample and measurements (includes phlebotomy, measurement of waist-to hip ratio, blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate) with self-identified adult participants (20 years of age and older) at a downtown Yellowknife study office;
- Support the chain of custody with record keeping, safe storage, packaging and transportation of biomarker blood samples to the laboratory for centrifuging in Yellowknife and then to the airport for shipping to Edmonton laboratory;
- Set-up and maintain nursing workstation with blood draw and other biomarker equipment at the site office;
- Ensure secure storage of participant consent forms in accordance with Data Storage Protocols.
Study Participant Care
- Ensure participant and staff safety through adherence to Participant Centred Care Protocols and other study procedures;
- Cultural sensitivity for working with a diverse population;
- Facilitate provision of interpreter support, as needed (fluency in languages other than English an asset);
- Identify and respond to signs of distress or other negative reactions to study participation in order to connect participants with appropriate mental health supports (Mental health first aid, or counselling and wellness experience is an asset);
- Provide follow-up care to participants including meeting one-on-one with participants to review, interpret and explain biomarker test results;
- Work with the research team to direct participants to hired mental health counselling services, as appropriate.
Research Team Support
- Coordinate work activities by working closely with Research Assistants, Counsellors, and other members of the Hoela Weteets'eedee research team (PI, YKDFN Technical Advisor, Project Coordinator);
- Travel to communities (Ndilo, Dettah) may be needed.
- Maintain regular communication with members of the Hoela Weteets'eedee research team to ensure that work activities follow the agreed timelines and protocols;
- Provide updates on targets and timelines for data collection and associated activities, and any issues encountered, to the Project Coordinator and the research team on a regular basis.
- A Bachelor’s degree in nursing with some clinical nursing experience or a Registered Nurse Diploma Program with relevant nursing experience.
- The successful candidate will have the skills and experience necessary to work both independently and with a team.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills are essential.
Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.
Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
This position is based in Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), where Laurier has maintained a research office since 2017 for its cold regions research and for its longstanding partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Located in Chief Drygeese territory, Yellowknife is the traditional land of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and the homeland of the North Slave Métis.
Laurier is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier's Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.