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Register now for the first-ever FNHA Mental Health & Wellness Summit


Supporting Needs Identified by First Nations Communities in BC

Join us at the First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA) first Mental Health & Wellness (MH&W) Summit taking place February 7-8, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. The MH&W Summit offers a glimpse at promising and wise practices that tackle issues deeply affecting the mental health and wellness of First Nations communities in BC. 

Don't miss this timely opportunity to share and learn from the knowledge and experience of peers, partners and leaders in mental health and wellness—and to participate in productive conversations about shared challenges and tested solutions.

By participating in the Mental Health & Wellness Summit you will:

• Increase your readiness to implement mental health and wellness (MH&W) initiatives in your community by learning about specific examples of lessons learned and successes achieved in communities in BC and across Canada

• Strengthen your professional MH&W network – a network that will extend beyond the MH&W Summit

•​ Enhance your understanding of the value and benefit of a harm reduction approach in supporting healthy communities

The MH&W Summit program features a mix of speaker presentations, breakout sessions, and panel discussions supported by facilitators to maximize engagement and dialogue on key themes in mental health and wellness.


Breakout sessions will include:

• Taking Care of Each Other: Indigenous Perspectives on Harm Reduction Film Series and Panel Presentation - Taking Care of Each Other is an educational short film series featuring interviews with Indigenous harm reduction service providers in urban and rural communities. This session with include a screening of the films and a discussion on how to use the films to prompt conversations about substance use. A panel discussion with some of the film's participants will also be featured. Presenters: Andrea Medley, Indigenous Wellness Educato, FNHA; Len Pierre, Indigenous Cultural Wellness Designer, FNHA

• Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – This family-focused, phone-based coaching service is effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. The program, traditionally delivered over the telephone by the Canadian Mental Health Association, is now being offered by trained Coaches in the Osoyoos Indian Band. Learn more about this program, the Osoyoos Indian Band's experience of the training, how the practitioners in this community have adapted the program to best suit their needs, and where the opportunity may lie for other communities across BC. Presenters: Jacki McPherson, Health Director, Osoyoos Indian Band; Tara Wolff, Program Manager, CMHA BC Division

• Fraser Salish Call to Action on Suicide – First Nations in the Fraser Salish region are facing increasingly complex challenges with suicide and suicide ideation and are looking to lead collaboratively and restore community resiliency and capacity to care for one another. The First Nations Health Council Fraser Salish Regional Representatives prompted a "Call to Action on Suicide" and engaged Fraser Salish Chiefs and Health Directors to develop this action plan. A series of community and regional governance engagements informed a Call to Action. It sets out a shared vision for change, including a common understanding of the problem; and a joint approach to solving it through agreed-upon actions using shared measurement methods.​ Presenters: Jodie Millward, Regional Mental Wellness Advisor, FNHA; Lynn Ned, Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Coordinator, Fraser Health; Laurie Edmundson, Regional Mental Wellness Advisor, FNHA

Other highlights include:​

• Community Responses to Sexual Abuse with Chief Charlene Belleau, Esk'etemc First Nation

• Operationalizing Jordan's Principle in BC with Kinwa Bluesky, Consultant, Jordan's Principle, FNHA

• Addressing Trauma – a panel discussion moderated by Patricia Vickers, Director Mental Health and Wellness, FNHA

• FASD and Addictions: The Importance of Peers with a speaker from Whitecrow Village

• The Role of Elders in Supporting Mental Health and Wellness with Elder Roberta Price

• Land-based Healing with Unis'tot'en Healing Centre and the Qqs Projects Society, Heiltsuk First Nation


The deadline is approaching! Register today for the FNHA's Mental Health & Wellness Summit at 


Registration deadline: January 26, 2018

Hotel reservation deadline: January 29, 2018

Travel Reimbursement

FNHA invites two representatives from each BC First Nations community working in mental health- and wellness-related roles (i.e. health director, mental health worker etc.) to register and FNHA will reimburse travel expenses. General attendees are welcome to attend at their own expense.

Call for Poster Presentations

The First Nations Health Authority is hosting a Mental Health and Wellness Summit on February 7 and 8, 2018 and invites First Nations communities, organizations supporting First Nations people and related partners working in the area of mental health and wellness to submit abstracts for poster presentations. Poster presentations should be based on existing mental health and wellness initiatives, promising or wise practices or evidenced based initiatives. 

Presentations need to provide Summit attendees with knowledge that could be applied to support the mental health and wellness of First Nations people. Display and table space for Poster Presentations will be available. Due to space limitations only one delegate can accompany each presentation. Poster presentations will be required to be staffed during Summit breaks and the second half of the lunch break on both February 7 and 8th. You are welcome to bring additional materials for distribution. 

Find out more in the application form below.

Call for Poster Presentations​ (PDF 159 KB)

​For more information:


phone: 604-646-3576​​

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