Following the calling of a snap election by Premier John Horgan, the BC New Democratic Party (BC NDP), BC Liberal Party (BCL) and BC Green Party (BC Greens) have released their full campaign platforms in advance of the upcoming October 24 provincial election.
All parties have stated a number of commitments relates to topics relevant to the work of the made-in-BC First Nations Health Governance structure; including Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation, Healthcare, the Opioid Crisis/ Mental Health, Seniors Care and Public Safety.
FNHC Partnership with the BC Government
The First Nations Health Council (FNHC) submitted a series of questions to each party as a part of its partnership work within the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health with the Government of BC.
- If elected, how will you support Nation-rebuilding and Indigenous self-determination in Health and Wellness?
- How will you support cultural safety and humility within the health system, and other systems broadly?
- How will you support a long-term approach to funding mental health and substance abuse by making progress on the social determinants of health?
- How will your government work to embed the BC First Nations Health Governance structure within legislation, and support Canada to do the same?
The FNHC received responses from all parties and is looking forward to working with the next government on tackling the issues that affect equitable access to health care for Indigenous peoples living in BC.
Election day is Saturday, October 24, 2020. The FNHC encourages all British Columbians to make their voice heard. Information on how and where to vote is available at elections.bc.ca.
About the First Nations Health Council (FNHC): The FNHC is one of four pillars of the First Nations Health Governance Structure in BC, along with its partners at the First Nations Health Authority, the First Nations Health Directors Association and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health, including the governments of BC and Canada. Formed in 2010 with a mandate to oversee transformation of the health system, make progress on the Social Determinants of Health and advocate for First Nations decision-making in health and wellness, the FNHC provides political leadership for implementing Tripartite commitments and supports the health priorities for BC First Nations.