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Memorandum of understanding on social determinants of health

The new memorandum of understanding on social determinants of health acknowledges a strong working partnership between the Province and the First Nations Health Council. Partners to the agreement include the First Nations Health Council and the ministries of: Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation; Education; Advanced Education; Justice; Public Safety and Solicitor General; Children and Family Development; and Health.

The First Nations Health Authority and First Nations Health Council meet regularly with First Nations Chiefs and their health directors from each of the province’s five regions. As part of the engagement process on the social determinants of health, deputy ministers from the partner ministries are attending these regional health sessions alongside the First Nations Health Council. Sessions will be held in the North, Interior, Fraser Salish, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island regions over the fall season.

The work under the memorandum of understanding will support the broader initiative on Indigenous child welfare coming out of the May 2016 Children and Family Gathering, which is looking at issues such as funding, jurisdiction and governance.

Outcomes of the engagement on social determinants and proposed next steps are expected to be further discussed at this year’s Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey forum, to be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2016, in Vancouver. Gathering Wisdom brings together delegates and participants from more than 200 First Nations communities in B.C., including Chiefs, health leaders, health directors, front-line workers, health authorities and representatives from the federal and provincial governments.

The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with the First Nations Health Authority and regional health authorities to improve health services for First Nations. Existing partnerships with the First Nations Health Council, other ministries, health authorities and First Nations communities are important in creating trust and co-operation in the health system, changing the face of health care.