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Bank of Montreal (BMO) Donation to St. Paul’s Foundation Supports FNHA Heart Health Chair

A donation to St. Paul's Foundation from Bank of Montreal will support the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul's Hospital.

The chair was created in 2015 to lead research and education related to the cardiac health of Indigenous people. That research is then used to shape policies and programming and develop health-promotion strategies that factor in culture and social determinants of health.

Read more here.

Read the FNHA’s 2018/2019 Annual Report

The FNHA is pleased to share its 2018/2019 Annual Report. The report includes activities, achievements and challenges organized by the FNHA’s four goal areas, as well as revenues and expenditures.
Key highlights include:

  • Transforming planning, reporting and funding arrangements.
  • Representing community and health service organization reports for the first time—consistent with the principle of reciprocal accountability.
  • Strengthening regional decision-making through increased staffing, regionalization of programs and services, and community engagement.
  • Improving FNHA programs and services including First Nations Health Benefits, nursing, and environmental public health services, as well as partnering with BC First Nations to support delivery of health programs and services.
  • Establishing a workforce with the skills and abilities to enable the FNHA to meet its multi-faceted mandate as a health system influencer, service provider and funding partner.
  • Expanded sections for regional reports and inclusion of a range of evaluation findings, and more.

Read the full report here (PDF)

Gathering Wisdom X: Calling Vendors and Practitioners

Apply now to be a vendor or wellness practitioner at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey X in Vancouver BC January 14-16 2020. Please apply before Friday December 6th, 2019

Space will be provided at no charge (including a table for vendors) for you to share your gifts and products; meals will also be provided on-site.

Selected Applicants will be contacted by Friday December 13th, 2019 with details on securing your table at the event.

Apply through our event website www.gathering-wisdom.ca

Any questions please contact gatheringwisdom@pacegroup.ca

Flu Update: Be Present to the Dangers of Presentee-ism!

You've heard of absenteeism – but have you heard of presenteeism? It's the opposite of absenteeism – and it's a risky behaviour when it comes to flu season.

Absenteeism is generally defined as the practice of regularly staying away from work or school without good reason. Presenteeism is the practice of going to work or school – or community events! – even when you have a good reason to stay away.

Read the full message here!

“Nurturing Spirit”: Rest and relaxation are good for our health and wellness

OCMO Message Series: Each month, physicians from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) share blogs aligned with one or more of the FNHA's four wellness streams: Being Active, Eating Healthy, Nurturing Spirit, and Respecting Tobacco. In other words, we let you know how we are trying to walk the FNHA's talk and "live it."

This month's messages, from Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, are related to our Nurturing Spirit wellness stream: the first is on why making time to rest from our busy lives is so essential for our health, and the second is on how we can help ourselves to regularly get a good night's sleep.

Read the full message here!

Sober(er) beyond October!

A message from Dr. Nel Wieman

My team and I raise our hands up to everyone who took part in Sober(er) for October, even if it was just for a few days or if you started the process of thinking about your drinking.  Let's commit to continuing with any healthy habits started in October.

For the Sober(er) for October campaign, people were tasked with creating their own challenge for the month – that could mean making the decision to drink alcohol in moderation, or to try to stop drinking alcohol altogether. Or it could have been increasing your awareness about your drinking.

Read the full post here!

Important Dates

Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Necamat Downtown East Side Indigenous Women’s Village of Wellness. Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander St., Vancouver. Hosted by the Vancouver Coastal Health – Aboriginal Health team. For more info contact aboriginalwellnessprogram@vch.ca.

Nov. 7 – 8 - Symposium on Caring For Older Adults in Rural Canada and Northern BC. Prince George. Hosted by the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network. The FNHA is one of the sponsors.

Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – Indigenous Perspectives on Patient Safety. A webinar sponsored by Patients for Patient Safety Canada. Speakers include Gina Gaspard, a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the FHNA. Resources include Coyote’s Food Medicines, an innovative storytelling project and campaign focused on healthy medication use developed by the FNHA in collaboration with Doctors of BC and the BC provincial government's Shared Care Committee.

Nov. 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Brighter Days Ahead: Indigenous Street Youth and the Impacts of Settler Colonialism. Native Education College Longhouse, 237 East 5th Ave, Vancouver. A free presentation and discussion with Dr. Robert Henry, Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, in the Department of Indigenous Studies. Hosted by the Indigenous Research Support Initiative at UBC. Supper included. Register here.

Dec. 13 – Registration deadline for Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey X – to be held Jan 14 – 16, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

FNHA Job Opportunities

Social Worker
Location: Campbell River
Deadline: November 5th at 4pm (PST)

Coordinator, Knowledge Exchange Corporate Office
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: November 8, 2019 at 4:00pm

Director, Regional Engagement
Location: Prince George
Deadline: November 8th 2019 at 4pm

Funding Arrangements Advisor
Location: Vancouver
Deadline: November 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Specialist, Healthy Eating and Food Security
Location: Vancouver
Deadline: November 8, 2019 at 4:00pm

Team Lead Mental Health and Wellness
Location: Oyster Bay and/or Various locations
Deadline: November 8, 2019 at 4:00pm

Manager, Planning
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: November 12, 2019 at 4:00pm

Director, Planning and Performance
Location: Vancouver
Deadline: November 12, 2019 @ 4:00pm

Find all job postings on our website.

BC First Nation​s a​nd Aboriginal Health Job Opportunities​​​

Occupational Therapist
Organization: Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre
Location(s): Duncan
Job description

Home & Community Care Nurse
Organization: Canim Lake Band
Location(s): 100 Mile House
Job description

Nurse Practitioner
Organization: Three Corners Health Services Society
Location(s): Soda Creek, Canoe Creek and Williams Lake
Job description

Intensive Family Preservation Clinician
Organization: Carrier Sekani Family Services
Location(s): Prince George
Job description