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SAVE-THE-DATE! FNHC Fall Regional Caucus Sessions


Dates and locations of the First Nations Health Council Fall Regional Caucus Sessions have been set. Additional information including registration links, agenda items and background information will be shared over the coming weeks.

For now please save-the-date and we look forward to seeing you there!

Vancouver Island:
Dates: Nov 6, 7, 8
Location: Nanaimo Coast Bastion

Vancouver Coastal:
Dates: Nov 20, 21, 22
Location: Vancouver Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

Dates: Nov 14, 15, 16
Location: Kelowna Coast Capri Hotel

Dates: Nov 27, 28, 29
Location: Coast Inn of the North

Fraser Salish:
UPDATED  Dates: Dec 10, 11, 12
Location: Harrison Hot Springs


In Case You Missed It: What Took Place at the Spring Regional Caucus Sessions

The FNHA communications team attended each 2018 Spring Regional Caucus session and summarized the work in online blogs. Some leaders expressed interest in what is taking place at the reginoal level in other areas of the province. Take a read of each blog to find out and look out for the upcoming blogs this fall.


Fraser Salish Nations Gather to Discuss Health Transformation and Nation-Rebuilding

Fraser Salish Elders, Youth, Chiefs, Health and Technical staff gathered for the Fraser Salish Caucus on Sema:th territory in Abbotsford March 27-29 for discussions on health service improvements, mental health and wellness, Nation rebuilding and health governance.

18 political leads, 17 health leads, and seven technical leads were on hand for three days of moving forward on health systems transformation for Fraser Salish communities. Day one opened with a cultural procession and welcome to the territory from Jackie Bird from Sema:th First Nation.


Interior Region Chiefs and Health Leads Engage in Constructive Dialogue on Community Mental Health & Wellness and Nation-based Governance

The Interior Caucus session began on March 13-15, 2018​ with ceremony, brushing off, and a prayer from Syilx Nation’s Mary Louie and Wilfred Barnes; Chief Roxanne Lindley of Westbank First Nation provided the territory welcome. 42 Political Leads and 53 Health Leads participated in the three-day event.

Caucus Chair Allan Louis, ​Syilx Nation opened the caucus with an update on Interior Region priorities.


Vancouver Island Families Discuss Governance, Relationships and Health Transformation in Snuneymuxw Territory

From April 18-20, 2018, political and health representatives from the three Island families—Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish—gathered in Snuneymuxw territory for Vancouver Island Spring Regional Caucus. The three days of community engagement were attended by 112 delegates, including 32 political leads, 27 health leads and nine social leads.

Snuneymuxw Elder Eleanor White opened day one in a good way with prayer and a welcome to the territory and Bill Cranmer (‘Namgis), Corner Post for the Vancouver Island Region, shared words in Kwa’kwala and a song to the Creator “to give us wisdom in our work.”


Three Days of Dialogue and Decision-making: Leaders Gather for the Northern Regional Caucus in Lheidli T’enneh Territory

More than 175 participants attended the three-day Northern Regional Caucus from April 9-10 on Lheidli T’enneh Territory in Prince George. Forty-three of 54 Northern communities were represented by Chiefs, Hereditary Chiefs, Chief Councilors and proxies.

Darlene McIntosh of the Lheidli T’enneh welcomed everyone to the territory and provided the opening prayer, and the Khast’an drummers provided three traditional songs from the territory


Vancouver Coastal Region Come Together for a Productive 2018 Spring Caucus

From April 24-26, political and health leads, Elders, youth and regional staff gathered in Vancouver for the Vancouver Coastal Regional Caucus. Five Chiefs, 18 technical health leads, and eight proxies attended the forum for discussions on health service updates and transformation, ongoing partnerships, and governance.

Coordination lead for the Coastal Wolfpack and member of the Musqueam Nation Alec Dan provided a welcome to the territory and song to acknowledge the honoured guests and the important work they had to do.