Edition: 2015 - Winter
Overview of the Aboriginal Health Directorate
As of November, the Aboriginal Health Directorate, has evolved and grown into the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health Branch (RRAHB). Our new and expanded team champions First Nations and Aboriginal health in the province and leads the province’s rural and remote health strategy, two streams of work that overlap each other. The RRAHB:
- Applies an “Aboriginal lens” to health policy development and program implementation for the Ministry of Health (MoH);
- Helps implement government’s key strategic directions for Aboriginal health;
- Provides guidance and support on Aboriginal health issues to other ministries;
- Collaborates with key Aboriginal stakeholders and political organizations;
- Works with health authorities to integrate Aboriginal interests into their services; and
- Works to develop and strengthen the province’s rural and remote health strategy.
The Ministry of Health’s Aboriginal Health team has been busy this summer and fall, undergoing some structural changes to further support the Ministry’s priority focus areas, and growing into the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health Branch. As with any restructuring, this has allowed us time to review accomplishments and prioritize future work, namely through the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health and the Joint Project Board.
Staffing Changes at the RRAHB
While there is always change, resulting in growth, opportunity and learning for both old staff and new, recently we’ve sadly bid farewell to several staff, and happily welcomed several more colleagues into the new Rural Remote and Aboriginal Health Branch.
Aboriginal Youth Forum Experiences and Opportunities
There are two avenues in which Aboriginal youth from across B.C are brought together to build positive relationships amongst BC Aboriginal groups, advocate for youth representation and participation within BC, and to increase capacity for the continued growth of Aboriginal youth initiatives and leadership: The Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC) and Gathering Our Voices (GOV).
Minister's Message Box
As we approach the winter solstice on the 21st of December and near the end of 2015, it is a time to reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the new personal and professional opportunities that 2016 will offer.
2015 marks the final year of the 2005 Transformative Change Accord, a historic agreement between the Province of British Columbia and the First Nations Leadership Council.
It is a privilege to join the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health branch as the new Executive Director. This has been a time of change for me and for the staff in the branch, as we get to know each other and understand the work and opportunities of our expanded branch moving forward.
Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities
With the fall season nearing the winter solstice on the 21st of December, another amazing group of motivated individuals have come forward to become trained leaders of health and wellness in their community. Using a train the trainer approach, our partners at the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council have now completed the delivery of six regional training sessions across the province for Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities, plus an additional training session for FitNation leaders. Read more
Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health - An Intern’s Perspective
My name is Ryan Smith-Dokkie and I am an Aboriginal Youth Intern with the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health Branch in the Population and Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health.