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A Message from the First Nations Health Council

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Following the March 21 joint FNHA-FNHC-FNHDA call to postpone or cancel all gatherings, the FNHC calls on community leadership, Hereditary Chiefs, Matriarchs and Spiritual Leaders to help reinforce the critical public health advice to postpone cultural gatherings and large ceremonies. Please respect this critical advice – our spiritual teachings place our Elders and most vulnerable […]

FNHA/FNHC/FNHDA Advise Against All Gatherings to Prevent COVID-19 Spreading

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For Immediate ReleaseCOAST SALISH TERRITORY – VANCOUVER, BC –The First Nations Health Authority, the First Nations Health Council and the First Nations Health Directors Association are strongly advising communities to cancel or postpone all community and cultural gatherings until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.​ With the increasing evidence about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia, […]

First Nations Health Council Statement at GWX

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Presented at the opening of Gathering Wisdom X, Vancouver BC Over the past several months, leadership change has occurred within the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) as well as within operations of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Change is inevitable in any organization. As leaders, we are responsible […]

Reclaiming Our Connections–The Next Ten Years

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Reclaiming Our Connections–The Next Ten Years, is the theme for Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey X scheduled for January 14-16, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre on traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We hope you’ll join us at the 10th milestone of this event! For more information and to […]

Honoring our Commitment to End Violence Against Women and Girls

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By Charlene Belleau, Chair, First Nations Health CouncilAs we join together this November 25 to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I reflect on how this work goes beyond a single day observance. I believe we are all called on to do this work together and accept responsibility for our […]

First Nations Health Council Welcomes Publication of MMIWG Report as Important First Step

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Coast Salish Territory – The First Nations Health Council (FNHC) welcomes today’s publication of the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report as an important step towards protecting our women going forward. The women of the FNHC, as part of the regionally appointed Council providing leadership and advocacy in health transformation […]

Evolving Engagement Structure

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Evolving how we engage: First Nations Health Council, First Nations Health Authority and First Nations Health Directors Association separate political and technical conversations. The separation of business from politics is a hallmark of the BC First Nations Health Governance Structure. This principle is captured in our founding documents including the seven directives. Through regional caucus […]

Orientation Video – Living Well: Transforming First Nations Health in BC

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This video outlines a brief history of the Tripartite First Nations Health Governance Structure in British Columbia, the agreements and documents that led to its creation, and the innovative work to transform health outcomes through service improvements in partnership with First Nations communities and leadership in the province.

First Nations Health Council Chair Report – Fall 2018

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Since June 2010, it has been my honour to serve as Chair of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC). I am pleased to announce I was just re-elected for another term. BC Chiefs challenged the FNHC to negotiate a tripartite agreement that resulted in improved services, secured long-term funding, and improved health outcomes. We met […]