• Our Partners:



The FNHC was established in 2007 and reformed to a regional model in 2010.  The role of FNHC is to provide a focus for BC First Nations to continue the work of reforming health care.

Today, The FNHC is comprised of 15 representatives – 3 from each of the 5 regions in our health governance structure.

Northern Region:

Warner Adam (Deputy Chair), North Central

Bev Lambert, North East

Charles Morven, North West

Interior Region:

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Secwepemc

Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa

Ko’waintco Michel, Nla’kapamux

Fraser Salish Region:

Grand Chief Doug Kelly (Chair), Stó:lō Tribal Council

Willie Charlie, Independent

Chief Maureen Chapman,  Stó:lō Chiefs Nation Council

Vancouver Coastal Region:

Ernest Armann, Southern Stl’atl’imx

Maria Martin, Central Coast

Leah George-Wilson, South

Vancouver Island Region:

Cliff Atleo Sr., Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Nick Chowdhury, North Vancouver Island


The BC First Nations health governance structure includes four components: First Nations Health Authority, First Nations Health Council, First Nations Health Directors Association and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health.

As BC First Nations traditional social systems were founded on the concept of reciprocal accountability – that each member of the community was accountable for their decisions and actions, and for their contributions to the community’s wellness as a whole.  These ancestral teachings are the underpinning of our definition and processes for reciprocal accountability.

BC First Nations collectively own the First Nations health governance structure and are together responsible for resolving concerns, issues, making key decisions, and celebrating successes.  To make the system work, everyone has to perform their roles and responsibilities, and depend on other to do the same.

First Nations Health Authority – serve as a health and wellness partner to BC First Nations communities through contributions agreements, programs, services, and other initiatives.

First Nations Health Council – report to and engage with First Nations leaders on FNHC activities and key decisions.

First Nations Health Directors Association – share information with, and engage with FNHDA membership on FNHDA priorities, activities, and key decisions.

Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health – will coordinate and align planning and service delivery between the FNHA, the BC health authorities and the BC Ministry of Health and Health Canada partners.

The First Nations Health Governance PlaceMat describes the roles and responsibilities that each of us bring to our Made in BC First Nations Health Governance Structure and includes our approach to engagement and planning.