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Aboriginal health

 

We recognize that our places of work and Vancouver Coastal facilities lie on the traditional homelands of the fourteen First Nation communities of Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xai’xais, Lil'wat, Musqueam, N’Quatqua, Nuxalk, Samahquam, Sechelt, Skatin, Squamish, Tla’amin, Tsleil-Waututh, Wuikinuxv, and Xa’xtsa.

VCH began committing financial and human resources to the area of Aboriginal health in 1999, in order to work towards meaningful change in Aboriginal communities in our region. Our goal is to work closely with both urban and rural Aboriginal communities to help close the gap between the health status of Aboriginal community members and non-Aboriginal community members in our region.

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Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program

View the Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program brochure

APNs provide a benefit to both the patient and to health care providers. The APN works directly with VCH staff and other health care service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients get the best care possible.

APNs can:

  • Help staff create a personal plan when a patient leaves a hospital or care program.

  • Help VCH health care teams understand and work with Aboriginal health practices and beliefs.

  • Assist staff if a patient or family member requests access to an Elder or a traditional ceremony such as:

    • smudging,

    • cedar and eagle fan brushings,

    • blanketing, medicine bundles, or

    • talking circles.

Toll-free: 1 (877) 875-1131
Fax: (604) 675-2552
Email: info.aboriginalhealth@vch.ca

To access the support of the Patient Navigator Program, please fill out one of the referral forms below and email or fax it to the program.

ICS Staff Education Referral
Client and Family Referral

Aboriginal Wellness Program

View the Aboriginal Wellness Program brochure

The Aboriginal Wellness Program (A.W.P.) develops and delivers culturally safe mental wellness and addiction programs for First Nations and Aboriginal people residing within the Lower Mainland including: 

  • Counselling

  • Therapeutic Groups

  • Cultural Support & Teachings

Phone: (604) 675-2551

Fax: (604) 675-2552

Email: aboriginalwellnessprogram@vch.ca

Aboriginal Mental Health Outreach

Perry Omeasoo – Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison 
(604) 674-2530 extension 22240
perry.omeasoo@vch.ca 

Aboriginal health strategic team leads

Bree Beveridge Aboriginal Health Lead, Central Coast 
(604) 675-2530 extension 22227 
bree.beveridge@vch.ca

Dion Thevarge Aboriginal Health Lead, Southern Stl’atl’imx, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish
(604) 675-2530 extension 22242 
dion.thevarge@vch.ca

Laurel Jebamani Aboriginal Health Lead, Joint Lead for Richmond, Vancouver 
(604) 675-2530 extension 22251 
laurel.jebamani@vch.ca

Donna Love, Aboriginal Health Lead, North Vancouver, Vancouver
(604) 675-2530 extension 22252
Donna.love2@vch.ca

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada and was established in October 2013. The Ministry of Health and the six other health authorities work collectively with the FNHA and First Nations communities to ensure that public health programs are aligned with a First Nations perspective of wellness and can be adapted as appropriate to fit the unique needs of First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC.

General inquiries: (604) 693-6500
, or toll free: 1 (866) 913-0033
Health Benefits: Toll free: 1 (855) 550-5454
Email: info@fnha.ca

General inquiries 

We are open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.). Closed statutory holidays.

288 - 2750 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1Z9 
Call: (604) 675-2530 
Fax: (604) 675-2552

Email: aboriginalwellnessprogram@vch.ca


Resources

Sacred Spaces & Gathering Places – This booklet outlines the sacred spaces and places for Aboriginal patients and their families to gather while accessing services in VCH. 

Aboriginal Health Complaints Process – What to do with questions, concerns and complaints about your health care. 

Aboriginal Cultural Practices – This cultural practices guide aims to help VCH staff within hospital acute care settings to provide culturally responsive health care services to Aboriginal clients/patients. To view the table of contents, use the bookmark function (available when viewing in browser in the top right corner). 

Aboriginal Health 2016/2017 - A Year in Review - We have taken a look back at our highlights of the past year to share with our staff and partners.

Access services

Primary care (Regular medical care)

If you’re looking for a health care provider providing culturally safe care, please contact one of the following services:
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