First Nations Health Directors Association


One Year Since Release of In Plain Sight Report on Indigenous-Specific Racism in BC Health Care

December 8th, 2021

The First Nations Health Directors Association recognizes the one year progress report from Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond on work to implement recommendations from the In Plain Sight report. 

The report confirmed what Health Directors know about the daily, lived experiences for First Nations people. Health Directors are the voice of the community, working to transform and decolonize the health care system in BC — an essential step to creating a health care experience free of racism for First Nations people. 

We agree that more work is needed — and that we must re-commit and focus to make the difficult and much needed changes within the system. The FNHDA is committed to working with our pillar and Tripartite partners to offer technical advice on solutions that embed First Nations culture and traditions into health and wellness services — actions we know improves health outcomes for First Nations people. With our partners, the FNHDA shares a goal of health equity for First Nations in BC and a health system experience free from racism. 

The work BC First Nation Health Directors is guided by 7 Standards of Excellence. Health Directors will continue to deliver health and wellness services that are closer to home and that affirm First Nations cultures, rights and identities. The work being completed in BC in regards to racism is more complex and long-term solutions will be a bumpy road as all of BC’s communities and institutions work towards achieving basic human rights and freedoms in all our institutions. 

Since the In Plain Sight report was issued in November 2020, we have jointly developed with the FNHA and FNHC an Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety and Humility Framework and accompanying Action Plan to support the vision of a racism-free health care system. This Framework advances the ongoing work of Health Directors to embed cultural safety and humility in the system to improve health and wellness in First Nation communities. 

About the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA)

The FNHDA is one of four pillars of the BC First Nations Health Governance Structure in BC, along with its partners at the FNHA, the FNHC and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health including BC and Canada. The FNHDA was created in 2010 by and for Health Directors who manage a range of programs and services in First Nation communities in BC. The FNHDA is building a better health system from the ground up by providing technical advice and support to help shape the future of First Nations health services in BC. More information about FNHDA is available here.

More News

May. 4

Rez Mailbox Totes

Ashcroft First Nation is implementing the use of clear easy clean “tote boxes” to deliver food (hampers/food drops) to community members living on-reserve. A tote is provided to each household, filled with food and dropped outside each home for homeowner to retrieve. This ensures the necessary physical distancing of the staff and the homeowners. These […]

May. 4

Scavenger Hunt

The Osoyoos Indian Band Scavenger Hunt is a wellness initiative designed to maintain healthy cultural activity for Youth and Elders in community while practicing physical / social distancing. It is run by our Youth Worker staff who are on a work-from-home arrangement. The program uses Facebook as the primary avenue for participation. This program promotes […]

Nov. 30

Zero Tolerance of Racism Basic First Step to Ensure Equal Access to Health Care for First Nations people in BC

First Nations Health Governance Pillars respond to Addressing Racism Review report Coast Salish Territory – Today, the First Nations Health Council, Health Authority and Health Directors Association expressed their shared goal of equal access to health care for First Nations people and a health system experience free from racism, in response to release of the Addressing Racism […]

Oct. 15

Welcome to the New FNHDA Board of Directors!

Congratulations to all the Members who helped make our first virtual AGM a great success! Through August and September, FNHDA Board of Director elections were held in all five regions. Eleven FNHDA Board positions were vacant or had terms expiring at the 2020 AGM, which was held virtually on September 24, 2020. Per the FNHDA […]

Oct. 6

Seeking input on the FNHA’s Multi-Year Capital Plan!

Skeetchestn Health Clinic FNHA is embarking on the renewal of our Multi-Year Capital Plan priorities and planning approaches. The renewal of capital priorities and planning approaches is an opportunity for BC First Nations, political, community and health leads to help shape our organization’s path forward for the next five years from April 1, 2022-2027. In […]

Oct. 5

Seeking input on the FNHA’s Five-Year Plan!

FNHA is embarking on the renewal of our Five-Year Plan. The renewal of the FNHA’s Five-Year Plan is an opportunity for BC First Nations, political, community and health leads to help shape our organization’s path forward for the next five years from April 1st, 2022-2027.  In preparation, FNHA is launching engagement in Fall 2020 to […]

Jul. 9

FNHA, FNHC, FNHDA Issue Statement Supporting Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s Investigation into Systemic Racism

Coast Salish Territory – The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) and the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) welcome the launch of Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s investigation into systemic racism in BC’s health system. “We welcome this effort to shine light on the systemic racism that still exists in our province and […]