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First Nations Health Council elects Wayne Christian (Wenecwtsin) as its new Deputy Chair

June 2, 2022

Coast Salish Territory | At its most recent meeting on June 1, 2022, the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) elected Wayne Christian (Wenecwtsin) as its new Deputy Chair, replacing former Deputy Chair Les Doiron.  Wayne Christian is the Secwepemc Nation representative and one of the three Interior Region representatives to the FNHC; his appointment as Deputy Chair is for a three-year term.


The FNHC also welcomes the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s (NTC) appointment of Mariah Charleson, NTC Vice President, as their new Health Council representative until further notice. Mariah is from the Hesquiaht First Nation and holds the health portfolio for the NTC.


The FNHC would like to acknowledge the work, dedication and support by former NTC representative and Deputy Chair Les Doiron. Les tirelessly advocated to improve the health and wellbeing for the Nuu-chah-Nulth family on Vancouver Island and provincially for First Nations peoples in British Columbia.


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About the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) The FNHC is one of three pillars of the First Nations Health Governance Structure in BC, along with its partners at the FNHA, the FNHDA and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health including the BC and federal government. The FNHC is regionally-driven by a 15-person Council with three elected representatives from each of the five health regions in BC. The FNHC’s mandate is to oversee transformation of the health system, make progress on the Social Determinants for Health and advocate for First Nations decision-making in health and wellness. The FNHC provides political leadership for implementation of Tripartite commitments and supports the health priorities for BC First Nations. For more information, visit

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