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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.

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program

We can help you find your way. The Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program helps Aboriginal people access health services.
Call our Team Leader to get in touch with a Vancouver Coastal Health Aboriginal Patient Navigator.
Toll-free: 1 (877) 875-1131
Fax: (604) 675-2552
To refer a patient to the Patient Navigator Program, fill out the Aboriginal patient navigator intake form and email or fax it to the program.

Aboriginal Wellness Program

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

Aboriginal health strategic team leads

Bree Beveridge Aboriginal Health Lead, Central Coast 
(604) 675-2530 extension 22227 
Dion Thevarge Aboriginal Health Lead, Southern Stl’atl’imx, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish
(604) 675-2530 extension 22242 
Laurel Jebamani Aboriginal Health Lead, Joint Lead for Richmond, Vancouver, Sunshine Coast 
(604) 675-2530 extension 22251 
Shawna Duncan Aboriginal Health Lead, Joint Lead for Richmond, Vancouver, Sunshine Coast 
(604) 675-2530 extension 22247 

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:

First Nations Health Authority

General inquiries: (604) 693-6500
, or toll free: 1 (866) 913-0033
Health Benefits: Toll free: 1 (855) 550-5454

Questions, comments, complaints

We’d like to hear from you if you have a question, comment or complaint to share.
(604) 675-2530 extension 22231

We value your feedback and comments.  Your feedback is our chance to improve the care or services we provide.  This Aboriginal Health Complaints Process booklet can help you direct your concern, comment or compliment to the right person.

Contact Aboriginal Health 

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 
(604) 675-2551 
Fax: (604) 675-2552
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