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Vancouver Coastal

​​​​​​​​​Vancouver Coastal​

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​Geography

The territorial land base in the Vancouver Coastal Region as defined by BC Regional Health Authority boundaries is 53,426 km squared, 5.8% of the total land base. For the purposes of this profile, the administrative geographic boundaries of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) are used but there are First Nations communities included in the Vancouver Coastal Region for First Nations health planning purposes that may lie outside these geographic boundaries.

Regional Caucus

View the Vancouver Coastal regional caucus page here.

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Population

The table below provides estimates of the First Nations population living in Vancouver Coastal 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 (see Sidebar for more information on these data sources). According to AANDC 2011 data, the First Nations population in Vancouver Coastal Region is close to 16,000, representing 12.1% of the First Nations population in BC. 

​Vancouver Coastal Region Status First Nation Population Estimates, 2006 and 2011

 AANDC 2011  (Total pop)

AANDC 2011

(On-reserve)

AANDC 2011

 (Off-reserve)

Census 2006

(On-reserve and Off-reserve)

Census 2011

(On-reserve)

VC15,9599,1836,77615,98012,287
Total BC132,68761,37471,313110,54575,255

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

First Nations Communities

Douglas
Heiltsuk​
Kitasoo/Xai'xais
Mount Currie
Musqueam
N'Quatqua
Nuxalk Nation
Samahquam
Sechelt
Skatin Nations
Sliammon FN
Squamish
Tsleil-Waututh
Ulkatcho
Oweekeno/ Wuikinuxv Nation


Umbrella Health Organisations in Vancouver Coastal Region

Umbrella health organisations can be defined as an organisation that coordinates the activities of a number of member organisations and hence promotes a common purpose. ​The organisations in the following table receive funding from the First Nations and Inuit Health BC Region.

Umbrella Health OrganisationsCommunities Covered in Umbrella Health Organisation


1. Southern Stl'atl'imx Health Society

N'Quatqua

Samahquam

Skatin​

Douglas

Vancouver Island Partnership Accord offers integrated, culturally competent and effective First Nations health plan

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May 15, 2012

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) - The Vancouver Coastal Regional Caucus, interim First Nations Health Authority, and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have announced signing of the historic Vancouver Coastal Partnership Accord creating a new path to improving health outcomes, programs, and services for First Nations in the Vancouver Coastal region.

“This marks the beginning for us to improve services, foster meaningful collaboration and partnership through Community-Driven Nation-Based engagement, and increase First Nation involvement in decision making,” said Ernest Armann of the Vancouver Coastal Regional Caucus. “I am excited the Partnership Accord has been reached and I look forward to an evolving and enduring partnership in support of First Nations health and wellness in the Vancouver Coastal Region.”

The Accord sets the goal of attaining significant improvements in health outcomes by achieving a higher level of integration through joint planning and engagement, a focus on accountability and evaluation, and providing culturally appropriate, safe and effective services. It acknowledges the diversity in size and traditions of Coastal First Nations, the rights of each First Nation to govern their own affairs, and the rights of VCH to govern its health services delivery area.

“Vancouver Coastal Health is committed to improving the health of First Nations and Aboriginal people and this can only be done in partnership with the community,” said Dr. David Ostrow, President & CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health. “The Partnership Accord will strengthen the relationship we have with First Nations and will foster greater self-determination for First Nations communities over their health care. We look forward to finding creative solutions and approaches as we embark on this new relationship.”

Specific initiatives include:

• The establishment of an Aboriginal Health Steering Committee as a forum for partnership, collaboration, and joint efforts on First Nation and Aboriginal health priorities, policies, budgets, programs and services in the Vancouver Coastal region.

• The development of an Urban Health Strategy that gives First Nations and Aboriginals a voice in the design of culturally relevant services and offers VCH guidelines and policies to incorporate specific traditional protocols and practices in the entire organization with the goal of supporting and improving services.

• The creation of a strategic Aboriginal Health and Wellness Plan for the Vancouver Coastal region with concrete milestones and deliverables.

The Accord builds on several key documents and agreements on First Nations health, including the Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan, Tripartite First Nations Health Plan, Consensus Paper 2011: British Columbia First Nations Perspectives on a New Health Governance Arrangement, and the British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance.

“The Vancouver Coastal region is one of the most diverse in its health care needs and challenges for First Nations people, including rural and remote communities, urban First Nations communities and the away-from-home population,” said Joe Gallagher, CEO of the interim First Nations Health Authority. “T​his Accord will bring all parties to the table to develop and implement innovations and solutions that work for everyone and improve the health and well-being of all residents of the region.”

VCH is responsible for the delivery of $3.2 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

The Vancouver Coastal Regional Caucus is composed and representative of Vancouver Coastal First Nations and serves as the regional planning and engagement forum for First Nations health in the region through the interim First Nations Health Authority.​
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​Download a PDF copy of the Vancouver Coastal Partnership Accord: 

 Contact

For more information on the ​Vancouver Coastal Region,​ please contact:

James Rankin
Regional ​Health Liaison
604.809.​1363
james.rankin@fnha.ca​​
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