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New Resources Offer Information About First Nations Health Benefits

The FNHA has created a series of new resources describing the health benefits program available to its First Nations ​clients. These resources include a guide and seven fact sheets.

On Sep. 16, 2019, the FNHA will transition dental, vision, and medical supplies and equipment (MS&E) and select drug benefits off the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program. The FNHA's new partner, BC-based benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross, will then administer these benefits.

Read the new resources and get more info here.

Round Lake Treatment Centre: fighting a modern-day crisis in a traditional way

Round Lake uses knowledge that goes back millennia to help its clients recover from addiction. Its programs are deeply grounded in culture, starting with the land it is built on that is sacred to the Okanagan First Nations, deep in the interior of British Columbia.

To date, over 12,000 people have come to this secluded sanctuary north of Vernon for the help and support required to heal.

Read more here.

30x30 Active Challenge is Underway – There’s Still Time to Join!

The FNHA is hosting the 30x30 Active Challenge where Indigenous people throughout BC are invited to commit to the goal of doing 30 minutes of physical activity for each of the 30 days of September. It’s not too late to join! In fact, it’s never too late to commit to the goal of being physically active on a regular basis. Sign up now at https://fnha.wishpondpages.com/30x30-active-challenge/

Read more articles and learn more on 30x30 here!

Nurturing Spirit With Safe Sex

A message for World Sexual Health Day from Dr. Unjali Malhotra, Medical Director, Women’s Health, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, FNHA

September 4 was World Sexual Health Day so it’s a good time to talk about “safe sex.” What does that term really mean? To me it means nurturing spirit. It means taking care of my body an​d mind, and taking care of my family and community. It also means I get to be in charge of something important to my overall health and wellbeing.

Read the full message here.

It’s Canning Season! Have you read our Canning Guide?

What is a time-honoured tradition in many First Nations families, a way to enjoy time with family members and friends, and a cost-effective method to store foods? If you answered "canning," you are absolutely right!

The guide provides detailed instructions on how to can food by heating it in glass jars. It describes best practices for safe canning techniques and offers tested recipes for a wide range of foods - everything from clams to carrots, from applesauce to oysters, from rabbit to rhubarb-strawberry jelly.

Read more and download the guide here!

Join the Rainforest Trail Run!

Join us for a unique 5K run through Burnaby’s urban rainforest
to celebrate Indigenous cultures!

We are excited to have you be part of the inaugural Rainforest Trail Run, a unique trail run through the interior rainforest trails of Central Park (Burnaby, BC) with a start and finish at Swangard Stadium. Join us in celebrating the health and vibrancy of the Indigenous cultures on whose territory we live, work, and play.

Location: Swanguard Stadium

(Central Park), Burnaby, BC

Date: Sunday

September 29th, 2019

Time: 10:00AM (PST)

Register now at RainForestTrailRun.com

Mountain trails help Simpcw First Nation stay active!

Shared by BC First Nations Wellness Champion Shelley Lampreau (Simpcw First Nation)

Today we've got some inspiration from Simpcw First Nation with ways to get your community moving!

Regular physical activity is important for wholistic health and wellness. A little bit of activity each day, most days, can help you feel, sleep and function better. Participating in both traditional and mainstream physical activity helps to nurture our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

This Interior Nation hosts a variety of programs that help its 255 residents stay active – ensuring there's something for all ages, interests, and fitness levels.

Read the full post here!

Learn to plank with FitNation

This week, learn how to do a plank. There are two variations including the “knee plank” and the modified version, the “wall plank.” There are three other excises to learn including the “seated Frankenstein kicks” and “Sumo Squats.” Learn more here.

To learn more about FitNation or if you are interested in becoming a FitNation leader for your community please contact Daniel Young-Mercer at dyoungmercer@isparc.ca.

Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program

UBC Certificate Program:

This award‐winning certificate program is designed for those working in Indigenous communities who want to increase their community’s capacity to deliver services, coordinate programs, and promote the health of their people.

Next session begins January 16, 2020
Registration Deadline: December 13, 2019
Phone: 604.827.4234
Email: ahcap.exl@ubc.ca

Learn more here.

Local Food Infrastructure Fund - Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of Canada's Food Policy. The program aims to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food.

The first Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects aimed at small community-based organizations will allow them to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.

Applications are now being accepted for projects (August 15, 2019 to November 1, 2019).

Find out more here.

FNHA Job Opportunities

Senior Evaluation Analyst
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 12, 2019 at 4:00pm

Community Health Nurse, Nursing Station -Term until January 31
Location: Port Simpson
Deadline: Sept 12, 2019, at 4 pm

Community Health Nurse, Nursing Station (Port Simpson) Term until January 31
Location: Port Simpson
Deadline: Sept 12, 2019, at 4 pm

Document Control & Process Specialist
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Recruitment Coordinator Corporate Office
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 19, 2019 at 4:00pm

Officer, Web Communications Content Management (SharePoint Upgrade Project)
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 23, 2019 at 4:00pm

Manager, Recruitment & Selection
Location: West Vancouver
Deadline: September 24, 2019 at 4:00pm

Find all job postings on our website.

BC First Nations a​nd Aboriginal Health Job Opportunities​​

Home Care Nurse
Organization: Dease River First Nation
Location(s): Dease River
Deadline: Open until filled
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Mental Health and Addictions Services Clinician
Organization: Kwakiutl Health Centre
Location(s): Port Hardy
Deadline: Open until filled
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Occupational Therapist
Organization: Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre
Location(s): Duncan
Deadline: Open until filled
Job description

Parenting Program Coordinator (Indigenous Communities)
Organization: Parent Support Services Society of BC
Location(s): Lower Mainland
Deadline: Open until filled
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