Edition: 2014 - Spring
Aboriginal Health Directorate
First Nations and Aboriginal individuals, families, and communities in BC are healthy and well.
To champion systemic change that facilitates health and wellness for all First Nations and Aboriginal peoples in BC through advocacy, knowledge exchange, and partnerships.
Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective
When I was first invited to attend the Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC), Honouring Our Past, Embracing Our Future: An Aboriginal Youth Forum, in Tofino, BC, February 7-10, 2014, I found myself wondering “What is this UAYC? And what do they do? And how does this all fit into the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program?” I soon found out that the UAYC forum is an opportunity for youth from different Aboriginal organizations and groups to come together and share learn and express their voice. Read more
Health Authorities Meeting
The Health Authorities’ Aboriginal Health Leads converged with representatives from the Ministry of Health’s Aboriginal Health Directorate and First Nations and Aboriginal organization partners in Vancouver in late February, 2014 to work together on collective issues to improve the health and wellbeing of First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples. Read more
As spring approaches most of us anticipate the changes in temperature (some of us may be looking forward to more sunshine and some of us may even enjoy the rain). I asked my fellow colleagues in the Aboriginal Health Directorate what healthy activities they look forward to most in springtime. Some of the replies I received follow... Read more
Working with First Nations and Aboriginal partners, our government continues to make progress on improving First Nations and Aboriginal health.
A great example of the work we are doing is our Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities program. For almost 15 years, this program has provided financial and in-kind resources to support healthy living for First Nations and Aboriginal people. The program has successfully brought together community leaders and individuals passionate about health and wellness. Last fall in five BC communities, more than 217 community leaders from across the province attended two-day Regional Leader Training sessions to further support efforts to promote healthy living. Read more
A Message from our Executive Director
As I write this, many of my friends, family members and former colleagues across the country are digging out from yet another snow storm and record cold temperatures (Did I ever mention how much I love BC?). In the meantime, I look out at green grass, cherry blossoms and daffodils blooming in the warm sunshine. While it seems sometimes that the contrast is just about geography (and a few bragging rights), it’s all really a matter of perspective. There are always people who scoff at the ‘winter blues’ and happily don their skis, snowshoes, wool toques and boots and glory in the beauty of a pristine white world. Others frown and grumble at a single raindrop, or a bit of wind and do not see the beautiful spring the rain will help create. Read more
Joint Project Board
The BC First Nations and Ministry of Health Joint Project Board has been meeting monthly as an important mechanism to improve First Nations health and well-being through the elimination of policy barriers and improved access to health services and swift, sustainable investment in innovative practice. Read more
Oral Health Strategy
Released in February, 2014, Healthy Smiles for Life: BC’s First Nations and Aboriginal Oral Health Strategy, is designed to guide public health and community efforts to improve the oral health of First Nations and Aboriginal children aged 0-18 and their caregivers in BC. Poor dental health in the early years can have serious long-term consequences for both a child’s emotional and physical health, and the Government of BC is committed to working with its partners to improve the health and wellness of First Nations and Aboriginal children, families and communities. Read more