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About The Regions

The First Nations Health Council health governance process is an inclusive one that seeks to involve BC First Nations through regional-level caucuses that correspond to each of British Columbia’s five Health Regions.

The Regional Health Governance Caucuses form a key part of the health governance process, carrying information from the communities to the Provincial level and vice versa. The creation of a responsive and transparent health governance structure relies upon these Regional Caucuses.  At the regional level Nations bring together their concerns and issues and strive to develop common approaches to bring to the Health Council.

Regional Caucuses form the backbone of the movement to reform health governance for BC First Nations, providing the First Nations leaders to the collective body (Health Council) and direction on what form health governance will take. First Nations in each region are responsible for appointing representatives to the Caucus, choosing representatives from the Caucus to sit on the Health Council, and to create a nation-based, community-driven process that works for that region.

Changes to the structure of the Health Council, as mandated by resolutions at the First Nations Summit (FNS Resolution #0310.03) and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC Resolution no. 2010-01), put responsibility in the hands of Regional Caucuses to choose the members of the Health Council. The selection process is largely complete, with thirteen of the fifteen council positions filled. The Regional Caucuses provide an opportunity for BC First Nations to come together with their neighbouring nations to create a responsive and collective approach to health.

Regional Caucuses and Tables

Regional engagement amongst First Nations Chiefs, health leaders, and health directors was developed through and is supported by Regional Caucuses.  The purpose and governance of these forums continues to evolve as the Terms of Reference, technical support and overall conversations in the region develops.  Regional Caucuses provide a forum for leadership to provide input and direction into the shaping and activities of the new province-wide First Nations health governance structure, and also support First Nations to advance the implementation of agreements with the Regional Health Authority.

Regional Caucuses:

  • Provide guidance to the Regional Table
  • Provide guidance to the implementation of the Regional Partnership Accord
  • Approval regional-specific documents such as the Regional Health and Wellness Plan and Regional Caucus Terms of Reference
  • Provide direction for any regional-specific initiatives
  • Appoint representatives to thee FNHC, and nominate individuals for the FNHA Board of Directors
  • Participate in consensus-building and engagement processes through the FNHC or FNHDA
  • Provide advance to the FNHC, FNHDA, and FNHA that represents the perspectives and priorities of the Regional Caucus

Regional Tables:

  • Report to and perform work directed by the Regional Caucus
  • Engage in strategy development for the work of the Regions
  • Lead the development of Regional Health and Wellness Plans
  • Lead Implementation of Regional Partnership Accord