Traditional indigenous art inside of a healthcare facility

In this section

  • First Nation communities we serve

  • Guiding principles

Landscape of Bella Coola with mountains in background.

We are committed to improving the health and access to culturally safe health care for Indigenous People in the region, and we recognize that we all have a contribution to make in reconciliation and healing.

Learn more about our Indigenous Health Services

Indigenous Self-Identification process

A voluntary, confidential self-identification process for patients and residents who identify as Indigenous: First Nations, Inuit or Métis.

Communities we serve

We strive to provide equitable access to health services and improved health and wellness outcomes for 14 First Nation communities within the Vancouver Coastal Health region. We are always learning so our aim is to work collaboratively to address health challenges to move toward reconciliation. And we do this working in collaboration with community Elders, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, as well as First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).

Indigenous Cultural Safety Policy

VCH has an Indigenous Cultural Safety policy to guide us in becoming a culturally safe organization and inform health care provision. This policy applies to all health care staff, physicians, units and departments across VCH.

More information for patients and visitors

Travel and accommodation assistance

Making travel arrangements for health care treatment can be difficult for patients and their families. Find out more about the services available to help you.

Health records and privacy

If you received care at any of our locations, you can request copies of your medical record or health information. Find out how.