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RGPLP - Family Physicians needed for Nisga'a Valley

Role and Facility Information

Family Physicians currently needed to provide primary care and urgent/emergency care services for a population of 3,500 in four communities across the traditional Nisga’a Territory of Nisga’a Valley. A supportive team of 4 family physicians works together to provide full-scope services (excluding obstetrics) at four Health and Wellness Centers, including being on-call. Three of the Health and Wellness Centers are staffed with full-time RNs who take first call, and the fourth center is a Mental Wellness Program Hub with primary care services one day per week. We do not provide in-patient care; we work with in-valley first responders and regional transportation resources for clients requiring a higher level of care.


Eligible for Enhanced Skills Stipend

Coverage Information

Coverage Dates - Flexible

Apr 03 2023 to Apr 21 2023
Regular Scheduled Office Hours
M-F: 8:30am – 5pm (inclusive of travel time and administration blocks)
Yes Yes
On-Call Date(s) / Hours
Usually 1:4 with some flexibility. On-call is very well-compensated with MOCAP, REEF, and call-back hours.

About the Clinic

Clinic Description

Clinic Composition

A team of 4 family physicians on-site work together to provide full-scope services (no obs) at 4 Health and Wellness Centers. The clinics in three of the villages are staffed by full-time RNs; the other clinic is the Mental Wellness Program Hub.

Local Resources

Public Health, Mental Health, Addictions, Home Care, Community Wellness, case management. OT/PT available through visiting providers, telemed, and off site. PoCUS on-site, other imaging in Terrace. Phlebotomy on-site with labs processed in Terrace.

Emergency Framework

We provide 24/7/365 urgent care at three of the Health Centres. Full-time RNs work at each of these sites as first “on-call”. The on-call physician is available on-site in Gitlaxtaa’miks, and provides telephone support to RNs at the other sites.

Call Expectations

On-call is usually 1:4, although additional on-call is often available if desired (and is well-compensated with MOCAP, REEF and call-back hours). Weekend call goes from 5pm Fri to 8:30am Mon, however splitting weekends may be possible.

CME Schedule


Visiting Specialist/Consultant Information

Specialist services are accessed through a combination of visiting specialists, telemedicine, and out-of-valley travel to specialists (Terrace has many resident and visiting specialists, with round-trip transport from the valley provided).

EMR Information

EMR System


What training is provided for the EMR System

On-site orientation; on-line video tutorials; excellent technical support service.

Level of Support/Care and Policy

Welcoming Procedures

The Medical Office Assistant welcomes the locum on the first clinic day to provide EMR log-in access. Locums are provided an orientation manual.


There is an introduction telephone call with the Medical Director at the time of confirming the locum assignment to review the setting and expectations. On-site orientation generally takes place at the health centre in Gitlaxtaa’miks (New Aiyansh), with the Medical Director (in-person or via phone) or one of the on-site physicians, the morning of the first clinic day of the locum.

Social Involvement

There are many recreational and social activities in the valley, including traditional Nisga’a events which often welcome visitors.

Clinic Policy

Specific policies will be provided at the time time of booking locum engagements.

Accommodation and Transportation

The clinic does provide accommodation.

Accommodation Description

Private accommodation with full kitchen. Staff housing is either stand-alone house/trailer or a self-contained one-bedroom unit in duplex/quadplex buildings. You will NOT be expected to share accommodations with other staff.

Most Convenient Mode of Transportation

Depends on where the locum is coming from. A vehicle will be waiting for the locum in Terrace (unless they prefer to drive in own vehicle) and is provided for the duration of the locum assignment for travel between communities and to/from Terrace.

Closest Amenities

Grocery Store

In Terrace (1-1.5 hours from Nisga'a Valley). Locums will usually pick up their groceries in Terrace before starting their rotation, and bring enough for the duration of their rotation.

Community Centre

There is a recreation centre with gym and fitness rooms in Gitlaxtaa’miks (New Aiyansh).

Other Closest Amenities

Post-office, small convenience store and gas station in Gitlaxtaa’miks. There are B&Bs and lodges which can provide meals if booked in advance, and some of the communities have small restaurants or take-out services with limited operating hours.