Sandy Lake First Nations Health Authority

Occupational Therapist - Contract
Sandy Lake Ontario
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Description of Opportunity

Sandy Lake First Nation Jordan’s Principle

Occupational Therapist

Contract Service Provider

Caseload: School Aged (5 - 17), Elementary and High School

Hybrid: In person (5 days per Month/Sept - June) and Remote Work From Home.

Sandy Lake is a remote, fly-in First Nation community located in the boreal forested area of Northwestern Ontario along the Severn River.  Sandy Lake is 450 km northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba and 600 km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Sandy Lake First Nation Website.

Under the Sandy Lake Health Authority, the Occupational Therapist (OT) will provide assessment and intervention planning for referred clients , while working to develop school-based community directed initiatives.

The OT will consult with other allied health professionals and community staff.

The OT as a key part of the child centered circle of care and will work to their full scope of practice, providing support to children in both the school environment as well as providing home visits and interventions as indicated by assessment.

 Responsibilities will include the provision of safe and competent care through the application of professional knowledge, technical aspects of professional practice and the demonstration of compassion, professionalism, and respect.


The rate for this position is based on experience in a range that aligns with private contract work.

Monthly travel expenses and shared community accommodations are provided.

Ontario licensing fees are reimbursed when additional to province of residence.


Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and values, and of the geographical and health care challenges of Indigenous people in Northwestern Ontario.

Cultural Awareness; acknowledging that cultural differences exist.

Cultural Sensitivity; acting with respect and humility towards the people and culture of Sandy Lake.

Cultural Competence;  providing quality care in a way that is sensitive to differences and adapting the way care is provided to effectively meet these distinct needs.

Cultural Safety; building trust and relationships and ensuring clients and caregivers feel safe when receiving care.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Computer literate with basic knowledge of Word/Excel formats and experience working with electronic medical records

Ability to work collaboratively with community members and the interdisciplinary team.

Ability to be creative and flexible within the remote community work environment.

Demonstrates clinical reasoning skills and excellent assessment and therapeutic skills

Strong problem solving, decision-making and time management skills

Knowledgeable and proficient in current evidence-informed practices


Degree in Occupational Therapy

Current registration in good standing in your province of residence and/or eligibility for licensure, with The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

Minimum of 3 years working experience as a registered Occupational Therapist, preferred

Knowledge of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program would be an asset

Travel via air, road and a Valid Driver’s License is a requirement

Experience working in a First Nations community would be an asset.


Working as an ally in the community school environment with teachers and support staff to address any occupational challenges of referred individual students or groups.

Conduct fine/gross motor, developmental, sensory, and visuo-spatial assessments for school aged clients and collaborate with families, caregivers and teachers to implement appropriate intervention plans.

Write letters of support and recommendation for identified occupational needs and assistive equipment.

Provide individualized treatment plans to develop, maintain or augment function using evidence-based treatment modalities.

Completes client charting and reports in a timely fashion and maintains client records as per college and community guidelines.

Completion and submission of monthly statistics.

Completion of continuous quality improvement activities

If you are interested in this role and would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Cathy @ or Marney @ and attach updated resume.


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