Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII will be hosted November 30 to December 2, 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver. Since its inception, Gathering Wisdom has been fundamental to shaping a strong and collective vision for First Nation health governance in BC.
The Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nations Health Governance outlines a meeting at least once every 18 months between the FNHC and representatives of BC First Nations to discuss the implementation of the agreement and the operation of the new Health Governance Structure. The agreement also calls for a governance partnership meeting between the tripartite partners to discuss implementation and overall functioning of the new relationship.
First Nations have been clear that the Gathering Wisdom forum is an important part of the health governance process in BC and that provincial forums must be planned in a way that makes best use of available resources.
Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future
At each stage of our shared journey, the Gathering Wisdom forum has evolved. It has been used as a forum for community care providers, a forum for decision-making, and a health conference. This year, Gathering Wisdom will continue its evolution as First Nation leaders gather to discuss the social determinants of health. It will be a smaller-scale event with a specific focus on health and social governance.
The theme of the forum this year is “Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future”. This theme reflects our traditions as strong, healthy and self-determining Nations. At the same time, it is an opportunity to reflect on our shared journey in health over the past ten years. It is an opportunity to draw upon our strengths as Nations and to chart the course for the next stage of our shared journey. Most importantly, it is an opportunity for First Nations leadership to inform and shape the strategic direction of BC Ministries.
The Gathering Wisdom forum will feature:
- Dr. Perry Kendall and Dr. Evan Adams – A Report on Progress
- First Nations Health Council – Developing the Ten-Year Social Determinants Strategy
- BC Ministries – Ministry Priorities to Support Health and Wellbeing
- John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
- Keynote Speaker on Child and Family Wellness
This forum will mark an important step as we begin to build consensus on a vision and long-term strategy for addressing the social determinants of health.
Who is invited? Gathering Wisdom VIII and Respecting Directive 6
The FNHC acknowledges that the social determinants of health are broad and each First Nation organizes its staffing and technical supports according to their own needs and aspirations. As such, the FNHC has sent individual invitations directly to each Chief with a registration code for the event. The FNHC has asked that the Chief identify two representatives from their community to attend the forum – typically one political lead and one technical lead. As per past practice, the FNHC will cover the costs of two representatives per community as identified by the Chief to attend the forum.
What are the outcomes? An Action Plan
At Gathering Wisdom, the FNHC and Government of BC will report back to Chiefs on what we heard at Regional Caucuses, including initial priorities and potential action items related to children and family wellness, justice, public safety and education. BC Chiefs will consider strategies to improve systems and set priority areas for action on the social determinants of health in BC.
Based on the priorities and action items identified by Chiefs at Gathering Wisdom, BC Ministers will direct Ministries to include any agreed upon priorities in Ministry Service Plans starting in 2017-18 and set strategic direction for the next 18 months.
A Health Service Focused Conference: Best of Both Worlds
At the recent First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) Annual General Meeting, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) announced partial sponsorship for all registered members of the FNHDA to attend the 2017 BC Quality Forum on March 1-3 in Vancouver, BC. The FNHA confirmed the importance of a regular “service-focused conference” delivered in partnership with provincial health system. The FNHA will be providing more details about this opportunity through the FNHDA in the coming weeks. To learn more please visit: http://qualityforum.ca/pre-forum-sessions/best-of-both-worlds/
How do I register?
Each Chief or Chief Councilor in BC received an invitation with a registration code and instructions. Please note that this registration code is required to register the two representatives from each community that will be attending the Gathering Wisdom forum. If you require the registration code or assistance with the process, please contact Pace Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-646-3586.
The event organizers will be contacting communities directly within the next week to assist with the registration process.
Please register for Gathering Wisdom before Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm to guarantee a hotel room at the venue. New registrations will be accepted until November 18 at 5:00pm.