We are making VCH a safe place for healing, designed to preserve traditional healing practices and ensure cultural needs are addressed in all care plans.
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“We are committed to improving the health and access to culturally safe healthcare of the Indigenous people in our region, and we recognize that we all have a contribution to make in reconciliation and healing.”
Leslie Bonshor, Vice President of Indigenous Health at Vancouver Coastal Health.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.
Meet your Indigenous Health (IH) team
The Indigenous Health team supports and informs the calls to action in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report; helping to uphold and enable the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).
- Leslie Bonshor
- Don Wilson
- Shannon McCarthy
- Rebecca Withers
- Miranda Kelly
- Lindsay Farrell
- Janice Wardop
- Cathy Almost
- Bree Beveridge
- Chris Mullen
- Brittany Bingham
- Cheryl Palazoff
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.