The Interior Region consists of 54 First Nations communities; in which each community elects their own First Nations Chief based on their own selection process. The First Nations communities within the Interior Region vary in size and include a number of small and isolated communities.
The First Nations leadership of the Interior Region formed the Interior Region Health Caucus, which serves as an engagement forum for the political leadership (Chiefs) and technical leaders (Health Directors or Leads) to engage with each other for planning, priority setting and decision-making related to regional health matters. As the Interior Region recognized their culture and language diversities and uniqueness, the Interior Region Health Caucus represents the 54 communities within 7 Nations. The 7 Nations within the Interior Region are as follows: Dãkelh Dené, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’át’imc, Syilx, and Tsilhqot’in. Each Nation holds very different governance structures, languages, and culture, but do make it a priority to collaborate on variety of Regional Issues, such as health.
Each of the 7 Nations have also agreed to develop a Nation Health Plan and to negotiate a Letter of Understanding, or other agreement, independently with Interior Health on Nation priority areas. The Nations are all at different stages in the process and provide updates to the Interior Regional Caucus. As part of the governance structure, the 7 Nations have developed an Interior Region Nation Executive, which is comprised of one representative from each of the 7 Nations of the Interior Region. The table acts as an Executive body to the Interior Region Caucus, carrying out directions in between Caucus sessions. The 54 First Nations Communities of the Interior Region, through the Caucus, appoint their 3 representatives to the Health Council from amongst the 7 Nations representatives.
|Nation||7 Nation Executive||Member Communities|
|Dãkelh Dene||Zach Parker||Lhoosk'uz Dene’ Nation*, Lhtako Dene Nation*, Nazko First Nation and Ulkatcho Indian Band|
|Ktunaxa||Gwen Phillips (FNHC)||Akisq'nuk First Nation, Lower Kootenay Indian Band, St. Mary's Indian Band, Tobacco Plains Indian Band|
|Secwepemc||Kukpi7 Charlene Belleau||Adams Lake Indian Band, Bonaparte Indian Band, Canim Lake Indian Band, Esketemc First Nation, High Bar Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band, Neskonlith Indian Band, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Shuswap Indian Band, Simpcw First Nation, Skeetchestn Indian Band, Splatsin, T'kemlups Indian Band, Whispering Pines/Clinton First Nations, Williams Lake Indian Band, Xatsull First Nation and (Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation)|
|Syilx||Allan Louis (FNHC)||Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Okanagan Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, and Westbank First Nation|
|St'át'imc||Chief Kevin Whitney||Xwisten, Sekw’el’was, Tsalahh, Tsal’alh,T'it'q'et, Xaxli’p, and (Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation)
Note: Lil'wat, N'Quatqua, Samahquam, Skatin, and Xáxtsa are also part of the Nation but are located in the Vancouver Coastal Region.
|Tsilhqot’in||Loretta Williams||?Esdilagh*, Tl’esqox, Tl'etinqox Government, Tsi Del Del, Yunesit'in Government, and Xeni Gwet'in First Nation Government|
|Nlaka’pamux||K’owaincto Michel||Ashcroft Indian Band+, Coldwater Indian Band, Cooks Ferry, Kanaka Bar Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Lytton First Nation, Nicomen Indian Band, Nooaitch, Oregon Jack Creek, Shackan, Siska, and Skuppah Indian Band
Note: Boothroyd Indian Band, Boston Bar First Nation, and Spuzzum First Nation are also part of the Nation but are located in the Fraser Region.
The following provides a further description on the Interior Region Governance structure today:
Interior Region Governance documents:
Interior Nations Signs Unity Declaration
On February 23, 2011 the seven members of the Interior Governance Caucus signed the unity declaration created exactly a year ago. The declaration confirms the commitment of Interior Nations to continue to work together in a Nation to Nation model in the implementation of the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan. A copy of the declaration can be found here: http://www.fnhc.ca/images/uploads/Unity_Declaration-_022311.jpg
On March 18, 2014 the Interior Regional Caucus approved an Interior Region Health Governance Entities Terms of Reference and recently amended it on November 5, 2014. Each Nation has also an adopted Terms of Reference.
Read more about the Interior Regions’ geography, population, communities and health organisations on the FNHA website here.