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The territorial land base in the Northern Region, as defined by BC Regional Health Authority boundaries is 592,116 km squared, 64.0% of the total land base. For the purposes of this profile, the administrative geographic boundaries of the Northern Health Authority (NHA) are used but there are First Nations communities included in the Northern Region for First Nations health planning purposes that may lie outside these geographic boundaries.

Regional Caucus

​View the Northern regional caucus page here​.​

Northern Regional Caucus Presentations - Spring 2018

​Chief Operating Office Presentation (PDF 2.85 MB)

​​Carrier Sekani Approaches to Rebuilding Our Social Structures (PDF 3.57 MB)

​​Health Benefits Plan W & Next Phase in Transformation (PDF 960 KB)

​​Northern BC Sub-Regional Report Back (PDF 3.92 MB)

​​​​Northern Biobank Initiative - Update on Consultations (PDF 90 KB)

​​​Northern Health - Update on the Opioid Overdose Emergency Response (PDF 1.44 MB)

​​Northern Regional Priorities - Mental Health & Wellness (PDF 852 KB)

Northern Opioid Response (PDF 613 KB)

​​PHSA - Correctional Services Update 1 (PDF 2.12 MB)

​​PHSA - Correctional Services Update 1 (PDF 1.53 MB)

FNHC Mental Health and Wellness Proposal (PDF 455 KB)

​Northern First Nations Health Partnership Committee​

​February 2018 Meeting (PDF 339 KB)

Northern First Nations Caucus Overview of Sub-regional Engagement Sessions​


Download the summary report here (625 KB)

Download the full report here (3.96 MB)

​Northern Engagement Summary - Spring 2017

Summary of communication, collaboration, planning and priorities shared by Northern Leadership​.

Download the summary here (PDF 2.54 MB)

2017 Sub-regional Caucus Reports

​The sub-regional caucus reports cover successes and engagement activities and progress in their respective communities. The reports are compiled by the Community Engagement Coordinators. Read the reports below.​

Verna Howard - Sub-Regional Caucus Report (PDF 2.32 MB)

​​​Coco Miller- Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 141 KB)

​​Shannon Hall - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 219 KB)

​​Jodi Payne - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 150 KB)

​​Rhoda Hallgren - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 1.23 MB)

​​Joan Brett - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 102 KB)

​​Kyle Mettler - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 88 KB)

​​​Sandra Garbitt - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 605 KB)

Cindy Adam - Sub-Regional Caucus Report​ (PDF 207 KB​)​

Regional Health and Wellness Plan

This interim Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Plan (2013), informed by the Northern BC First Nations Issues Paper (2009), articulates the vision, goals, objectives and activities necessary for realizing improved health for First Nations peoples residing in the north. The Plan also describes the realities in which we live and grow and how we will know that we have achieved our vision and goals. Given the nature of our changing realities it is likewise expected that so too will this document evolve over time. It begins with our vision, values, and the principles that guide our actions.

Read the Norther​n R​egional Health and Wellness Plan​​ (PDF 2.71 MB)

NFNHPC_Implementing_Our_Health_and_Wellness_Plan_Overview.jpgImplementing Our Health and Wellness Plan: An Overview​ (PDF 4.88 MB)​

Regional Office

Nicole CrossReg​​ional Director(250)
​​Taking direction from N​orthern Community representatives, the Regional Director is the highest level of authority for First Nations Health Authority at the regional level. Overall functions of the First Nations Health Authority for Community Engagement all run through this office, including direct communications with the First Nations Health Council Representatives, providing Northern Regional input to the COO and Vice President's level of authority at First Nations Health Authority. The Regional Director is responsible for the budget to carry out the Northern Regional work on an annual basis. This position is responsible to liaise and work closely with Northern Health, and representatives of various Provincial ministries who have health as part of their portfolio. ​ ​ ​
Jessica MikolayczykSenior Administrative Coordinator / Office Manager(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Sr. Administrative Assistant / Office Manager provides support for the Northern Regional office operations. This includes direct support for the Regional Director and ancillary support for the Regional Health Liaison and Community Engagement Coordinators. ​ ​ ​
Lori DevereuxAdministrative Assistant(250)
Desiree WilliamsReceptionist(250)
​​With the guidance of the Sr. Administrative Coordinator / Office Manager provides support for the Northern Regional office operations. This includes direct support for the Northern Regional Staff and Community Engagement Coordinators. ​ ​ ​

Regional Program Liaison

Brian MairsNorthern Region(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Regional Program Liaison provides operational, engagement and technical support to critical stakeholders including senior leadership in the region. This role finalizes concept notes, briefing notes and decision papers; supports in implementing operating plans; translates FNHA documents, strategies, policies into region specific processes.  In addition the position provides hands-on support in planning, execution and monitoring of activities before, during and after the regional events and/or meetings. ​ ​ ​

Regional Mental Wellness Advisor

Karla TaitNorthern Region(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Mental Wellness Advisor (MWA) provides leadership, program and initiative planning support and community development services as it relates to mental wellness within BC First Nation communities in the Northern Region.  The MWA works in a collaborative environment with communities, health system partners, and other FNHA staff to coordinate FNHA support to First Nations during a mental health emergency or crisis situation.  The MWA also provides expertise and leadership on portfolio mental wellness files, initiatives and projects for the FNHA in the Northern Region. ​ ​ ​

Regional Crisis Response Advisor

Julie MorrisonNorthern Region(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Crisis Response Advisor (CRA) provides acute support to Northern Communities who require crisis support. ​ ​ ​

 Regional Project Developer

Keith HenryNorthern Region(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Regional Project Developer provides technical support and oversight for Northern Regional projects associated with the Northern Regional Envelope Strategy and the Joint Project Board.  The position is not meant to lead each of the projects but rather provide support in monitoring projects, where there is an appropriate lead in the regional team to take on the project this will be handed to that lead, where there isn't the project will be led by Project Developer.  The position works closely with the Regional Director on ensuring projects move forward with respective project leads.  ​ ​ ​

 Northern Regional Planner

Brandi Trudell-DavisNorthern Region(250)
​​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Regional Planner works collaboratively to provide support in the development of Nation and Regional health and wellness plans. This includes participating in the development and roll-out of tools, processes and information and approaches that facilitate health and wellness planning on specific health issues and concerns, and on health and wellness services, programs and initiatives. ​ ​ ​

 Northern Staff Writer

Carol WhetterNorthern Region(250)
​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Staff Writer implements regional communication strategies and participates in a centralized FNHA communications and public relations community of pr​actice, producing high quality communication products including regional newsletters, press releases, and provides hands-on support in planning  regional events and meetings including, speakers points, and presentations. ​ ​ ​

​Manager: Community Engagement

Patricia HowardNorthern Region(250)
​With the guidance of the Regional Director, the Manager: Community Engagement (MCE) provides leadership an​d hands-on support to the CECs; develops, implements, and delivers community engagement programs and services. The MCE also oversees collaborative information sharing, problem solving, and decision-making within the Region and contributes in establishing operating plans and tactics for Community Engagement, as well as recommends and implements Policy & Procedures on community engagement. ​ ​ ​

Community Engagement Coordinators / Worker

Alisa FrohNorth East(250)
Paul CoppardNorth Coast Tsimshian(250)
Cindy MacDonaldLake Babine Nation(250)
Coco MillerCoast Mountain(250)
Jodi PayneTahltan(250)
Trish HowardCarrier South(250)
Kyle MettlerFinlay(778)
Rhoda HallgrenCarrier Lakes(250)
Sandra GarbittNorth East(778)
Shannon HallTlingit-Kaska(778)
Verna HowardGitxsan/ Wet'suwet'en(778)
Waneeta RichardsonHaida Gwaii(250)
​​Community Engagement Coordinators provide communications, collaboration and planning support to BC First Nations communities. They develop and support local community engagement activities as part of a regional team. In addition they ensure that engagement functions and resources are effectively integrated, organized and leveraged to meet strategic and operational needs within the local area or sub-region. Community Engagement Workers support the Coordinators 

Community Engagement Areas  

NameCommunity Engagement AreaCommunities Engaged
Paul CoppardNorth Coast TsimshianLax Kw'alaams; Metlakatla; Gitgaat; Gitxaala
Cindy MacDonaldLake Babine NationAll 5 communities of Lake Babine Nation.
Coco MillerCoast MountainKitsumkalum; Kitselas; Haisla; Gitlaxt'aamiks; Gitwinksihlkw; Ginglox; Lax galts' ap.
Jodi PayneTahltanIskut; Tahltan (including Dease Lake).
Trish HowardCarrier SouthNadleh Whut'en; Saik'uz; Lheidli T'enneh; Nak'azdli Whut'en; Nazko;
All four communities of Tl'azt'en.
Kyle MettlerFinlayKwadacha; Tsay Keh Dene.
Rhoda HallgrenCarrier LakesSkin Tyee; Nee Tai Buhn; Cheslatta;
Takla Lake; Burns Lake; Stellat'en; Yekooche; Wet'suwet'en.

Sandra Garbitt

Alisa Froh

North EastMcLeod Lake; Moberly Lake; Saulteau;
Blueberry River; Doig River; Halfway River;
Prophet River; Fort Nelson.
Shannon HallTlingit-KaskaTaku River; Deylu Dena; Dease River.
Verna HowardGitxsan/ Wet'suwet'enGitanyow; Gitwangak; Gitsegukla; Hagwilget;
Gitanmaax; Sik-e-Dakh; Kispiox; Moricetown.
Waneeta RichardsonHaida GwaiiSkidegate; Old Masset.​



The table below provides estimates of the First Nations population living in the Northern Region using different data sources, including the 2011 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)'s Indian Registry, the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census​. According to AANDC 2011 data, the First Nations population in the Northern Region is close to 47,200, representing 35.6% of the First Nations population in BC.

Northern Region Status First Nations Population Estimates, 2006 and 2011

 AANDC 2011  (Total pop)​
AANDC 2011

AANDC 2011

Census 2006
(On-reserve and Off-reserve)
Census 2011
Total BC132,68761,37471,313110,54575,255

Sources: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Census, Statistics Canada

​First Nations Communities​

Blueberry River First Nations
Liard River​​
Doig River
Fort Nelson First N​ation
Halfway River First Nation
Dene Tsaa Tse K'Nai First Nation
Saulteau First Nations
West Moberly First Nations
?Esdilagh First Nation
Burns Lake
Cheslatta Carrier Nation
Lhoosk'uz Dene Government
Lake Babine Nation
Lheidli T'enneh
McLeod Lake
Nadleh Whuten
Nak'azdli Band
Nazko First Nation
Lhtako Dene Nation
Saik'uz First Nation
Skin Tyee
Stellat'en First Nation
Takla Lake First Nation
Tl'azt'en Nation
Tsay Keh Dene
Wet'suwet'en First Nation
Dease River
Nisga'a Village of Gingolx
Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw
Gitxaala Nation
Glen Vowell (Sik-e-Dakh)
Hagwilget Village (Tse-kya)
Hartley Bay (Gitga'at)
Nisga'a Village of Laxgalt'sap
Nisga'a Village of Gitlaxt'aamiks
Old Massett Village Council
Taku River Tlingit

Umbrella Health Organisations in the ​NHA​

Umbrella Health Organis​ations
1. Carrier-Sekani Family Services
2. Gitxsan Health Society​​
3. Nisga'a Valley Health Authority
4. Tahltan Health and Social Services Society    ​

Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Communiques​

Community Engagement Communique - Lake Babine: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Carrier South: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Carrier Lakes: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - North East: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Coast Mountain Alliance: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Tahltan-Iskut: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Northwest: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Haida Gwaii: Fall 2015

Community Engagement Communique - Kaska-Tlingit: Fall 2015

The Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Planning Communique - September 14, 2012

The Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Planning Communique - January 10th , 2013

Northern First Nations Health Partnership Committee Communique - September 13, 2013

Northern Regional Table Communique - November, 28th, 2013

Northern First Nations Health Partnership Committee Communique - January 9, 2014

Northern Regional Table Communique - April, 10th, 2014

Northern First Nations Health Regional Table Communique - Summer 2015​​

Northern First Nations Health Partnership Committee Communique - December 11th, 2015

Partnership Accord affirms significant action on First Nations health disparities in Northern BC


May 16, 2012

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – The Northern Regional Health Caucus, interim First Nations Health Authority and Northern Health have announced signing of the historic Northern Partnership Accord that opens new doors for cooperation and planning to improve health outcomes for Northern First Nations. The Accord lays the groundwork for innovations in health service delivery and the creation of a more integrated, culturally appropriate, safe, and effective health system.
“The Northern Partnership Accord is a forward-thinking document that we will see in the future as a turning point in the creation of a more effective health service delivery system for First Nations in Northern BC,” said Warner Adam of the Northern Regional Health Caucus. “The mutual cooperation and willingness to work together between partners with the goal of improving the lives of our First Nations communities made this Accord a success.”
Included in the agreement is the development of a joint Northern Health and Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Committee and Plan that will identify the health needs of First Nations in the North, find solutions, and use measurable indicators to track its success. The Northern Partnership Accord acknowledges the right of self-governance for each First Nation, and the partnership between Northern Health, the interim First Nations Health Authority and the North Regional Health Caucus to close the gaps and remove barriers to accessing and improving services.
First Nations in Northern BC face distinct health service challenges with many remote communities spread out over a vast area of land. The North includes almost two-thirds of BC’s land base and has the highest proportion of Aboriginal people in any region of the province. Statistics have shown that health indicator gaps are larger for First Nations in the North than the rest of the province, along with facing unique issues related to social determinants of health in areas such as housing, education and economic factors.
“Northern Health has a commitment to high quality services and a population health approach,” said Cathy Ulrich, CEO of Northern Health. “Working with the interim First Nations Health Authority in ensuring those principles to lead us to better outcomes for all people is a vision we both share.”
Partners will work to increase understanding of First Nations traditions, customs and protocols in the entire Northern Health system including incorporating a Cultural Responsiveness Strategy. Other joint initiatives include coordination and alignment of planning and service delivery, additional recruitment and retention of health professionals in the North, and improving coordination of primary care services, access to services in remote communities and communications.
“Our Northern Caucus has come together as one voice representing all viewpoints and in close collaboration with Northern Health created this Accord that will prove to offer concrete outcomes to Northern First Nations and positively impact all residents of the North,” said Marjorie McCrae, Northern Regional Health Caucus Representative. “First Nations in Northern BC face some very unique challenges in the health care system, but this Accord is a great example of the positive working relationship we have and the bright future ahead.”
This Accord builds on several key provincial and regional documents including the Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan, Tripartite First Nations Health Plan, Consensus Paper: British Columbia First Nations Perspectives on a new Health Governance Arrangement, British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance, and Regional Summary of Governance Discussions 2011: Summary of feedback from Northern Regional Caucus and Health Partnerships Workbook 2011.
“Northern Health is committed to providing integrated and accessible health services to all people in Northern BC,” said Charles Jago, Chair of the Northern Health Board of Directors. “This relationship provides the framework for us to work in partnership with First Nations on long-term solutions to health care needs.”
Northern Health is divided into three Health Service Delivery Areas of the Northeast, Northern Interior, and Northwest, similar to the three sub-regions the Northern Caucus has organized around. Northern Health provides health services to 300,000 people over an area of 600,000 square kilometers in the province of British Columbia with over 7,000 employees.
The Northern Regional Health Caucus is composed and representative of Northern First Nations and serves as the regional planning and engagement foru​m for First Nations health in the region through the interim First Nations Health Authority.​

​Download a PDF of the Northern Partnership Accord here

Northern Partnership Accord PDF (550 kb)​​​


​For more information on the ​Northern Region​, please contact:​
​Brian Mairs
Regional Program​ Liaison - North​ Region
Phone: 250-917-8569
Fax: 250-561-5369


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