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Fall 2016 Communique

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First Nations in BC share a vision of healthy, self-determining and vibrant First Nation children, families and communities. We as BC First Nations have set a goal of eliminating health inequalities. In addition to improving health services, we want to work collaboratively to address the social and environmental factors that contribute to poorer health outcomes […]

Memorandum of Understanding on the Social Determinants of Health

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Dear Respected BC First Nation Chiefs and Leaders, On behalf of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), we are pleased to provide you with a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the FNHC and the Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) on March 3rd, 2016. Adding to the rich history and […]

FNHC Speaks to Auditor General Report

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Dear Respected BC First Nations Chiefs and Leaders, As duly appointed representatives to the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), we write to share information in response to recent questions and concerns. First, we wish to thank the Chiefs and Leaders that shared words of encouragement and appreciation for the work of the First Nations Health […]

First Nations and Accountability – A Colonial Narrative of Convenience

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Shane Gottfriedson, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief (From our BC AFN Partner Shane Gottfriedson) Let’s be clear, everyone needs to be accountable and responsible for their actions. The principle of Reciprocal Accountability has been a foundation in many First Nations communities since time immemorial. The tale of First Nations’ irresponsibility, lack of […]

2015 Year in Review

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As we begin a new year, the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) wanted to provide an update to First Nations leadership in BC on our work to make progress on the social determinants of health. With the beginning of 2016, it is an opportune time to pause and reflect on where we have been, what […]

First Nations Health Council Discouraged By Latest Provincial Child Welfare Report

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Coast Salish Territory – Vancouver BC – The provincial BC First Nations health and wellness advocacy body, the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), is deeply discouraged with the approach taken by the Province of British Columbia in the release of the Plecas Review, Part One: Decision Time. The Plecas Review was prepared without consulting First […]

Collaboration and Partnership Working Group Update

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The members of the Collaboration and Partnership Working Group of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) are pleased to provide this update regarding plans for our annual meetings with federal and provincial Deputy Ministers, and plans for regional engagement on a 10-year Wellness Strategy. We also want to take this opportunity to set the record […]

Wellness 2025 Strategy

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Top 10 things Chiefs and Leaders need to know: What is the Wellness 2025 Strategy? The Wellness 2025 Strategy is a First Nations Health Council led conversation with BC First Nations about the development of a 10 year wellness strategy to continue our work to achieve our vision of “Healthy, Self-Determining, and Vibrant BC First […]

Doug Kelly with a commitment stick

Report of the Chair- May 28, 2015

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Doug Kelly with a commitment stick Status Quo – is a noun that means the current situation or the way things are now. Fear – is a noun that means an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Power – is a noun […]