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​Geography

The territorial land base of the Vancouver Island Region, as defined by BC Regional Health Authority boundaries is 56,292 km squared, 6.1% of the total provincial land base. For the purposes of this profile, the administrative geographic boundaries of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) are used but there are First Nations communities included in the Vancouver Island Health Region for First Nations health planning purposes that may lie outside these geographic boundaries.

Regional Caucus

View the Vancouver Island regional caucus page here.

Regional Health and Wellness Plan

The Vancouver Island RHWP is a document developed from the input and direction of Vancouver Island Chiefs and their First Nations Health Council (FNHC) representatives. The advice and support of First Nations health directors, Vancouver Island representatives of the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Vancouver Island Regional Director and Regional Liaison and centralized FNHA staff supports also contributed greatly to the RHWP.​

Read the Vancouver Island Regional Health and Wellness Plan​ (PDF 1.79 MB)


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Population

The table below provides estimates of the First Nations population living in the Vancouver Island Region using different data sources, including the 2011 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s Indian Registry, the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census (see Sidebar for more information on these data sources). According to INAC 2011 data, the population registered to BC First Nations in Vancouver Island Region is close to 31,000, representing almost one quarter (23.2%) of the population registered to BC First Nations.

 INAC 2011  (Total pop)
INAC 2011
(On-reserve)
INAC​ 2011
 (Off-reserve)
Census 2006
(On-reserve and Off-reserve)
Census 2011
(On-
reser​ve)
VI30,81214,56416,24824,10015,754
Total BC132,68761,37471,313110,54575,255

First Nations Communities​​

Ahousaht
Beecher Bay

Campbell River Indian Band (Wei Wai Kum)

Cape Mudge Indian Band (Wei Wai Kai)

K'omoks First Nation
Cowichan
Da'Naxda'xw  First Nation
Ditidaht
Dzawada'enuxw First Nation
Ehattesaht
Esquimalt
Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw
Gwawaenuk Tribe 
Halalt
Hesquiaht
Homalco
Hupacasath First Nation
Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h First Nations
Klahoose  First Nation
Kwakiutl
Kwiakah
Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwah-ah-mish 
Lake Cowichan First Nation 
Lyackson
Malahat First Nation
Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em
Mowachaht/
Muchalaht
Namgis First Nation 
Nanoose  First Nation
Nuchatlaht
Pacheedaht First Nation
Pauquachin
Penelakut 
Qualicum First Nation
Quatsino
Snuneymuxw First Nation 
Songhees First Nation
Stz'uminus First Nation
T'Sou-ke First Nation
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
Tlatlasikwala
Tlowitsis Tribe
Toquaht
Tsartlip
Tsawout First Nation
Tseshaht
Tseycum
Uchucklesaht
Yuutu?it?ath First Nation​

Renewed Partnership Accord signals commitment to improving health and wellness for Vancouver Island First Nations​​


December 13, 2016​

COAST SALISH TERRI​TORY (Nanaimo) – In a ceremony today, a number of health partners have signed a renewed commitment to partnerships for better health and wellness services and outcomes for First Nations families, children and communities on Vancouver Island.

Chiefs, Elders and community members from Nations ac​ross the Island joined representatives from First Nations Health Authority, Island Health and First Nations Health Directors to celebrate the signing of the renewed Vancouver Island Partnership Accord.

"From the historic creation of the First Nations Health Authority, to the landmark partnership accords, we have seen great progress come out of our shared goals for the health of Aboriginal and First Nations peoples in B.C.," said Health Minister Terry Lake. "We are learning so much together about providing culturally safe, respectful care in the health system."

The first Vancouver Island Partnership Accord was signed by the parties in 2012 to strengthen partnerships and shared decision-making towards a shared goal of improving health outcomes and creating a more integrated, culturally appropriate, safe and effective health system for Indigenous peoples on Vancouver Island.

The renewal builds upon lessons learned over the past four years through engagement with Vancouver Island First Nations about all aspects of health and wellness. It represents the ongoing growth, evolution and strengthening of the partnerships, shared purposes and collaborative processes.

"This Accord illustrates just how far we have come as partners. Island First Nations, supported by the First Nations Health Authority, are now involved in the design and delivery of culturally safe programs and services for their members and the broader Indigenous community," said Joe Gallagher, CEO, First Nations Health Authority. "We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationships and health services in support of healthy, self-determining and vibrant BC First Nations children, families and communities."

"When we are responsive to the values of Indigenous Peoples in a way that is inclusive, innovative and culturally safe, we allow care barriers to come down," said Dr. Brendan Carr, President and CEO, Island Health. "This partnership represents our commitment to removing barriers by listening to the needs of community members and delivering health care that is welcoming and respectful at all times."

The signing ceremony included a retrospective presentation highlighting achievements stemming from the partnership accord over the past year. In addition, partners acknowledged Wickaninnish Cliff Atleo Sr.'s significant contributions towards improving the health and well-being of First Nations people through his work on the First Nations Health Council.

For more information, visit www.viha.ca/aboriginal_health and 

www.fnha.ca/about/regions/vancouver-island

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Media inquiries

Island Health

Valerie Wilson

Manager, Regional Communications

250.739.6303

valerie.wilson@viha.ca

 

First Nations Health Authority

604.831.4898

media@fnha.ca

Vancouver Island Partnership Accord (PDF 1.74 MB)

Regional Caucus Presentations​​​

December 2017:

Exploring a Coordinated Approach to Indigenous Early Years - Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF 314 KB)

Co-Developing an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework - Employment and Social Development Canada (PDF 164 KB)

Building a True Partnership to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing Together - Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (PDF 527 KB)

Charting our Direction - Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF 556 KB)

Kw'umut Lelum (PDF 20.1 MB)

Sasamans Society (855 KB)

Partnership Guidance on a Service Framework for MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health - Ministry of Children and Family Development (233 KB)

FNHC Progress Report - Social Determinants of Health Strategy - (PDF 468 KB)

INAC EMBC - Emergency Management ​Services Agreement (PDF 1.25 MB)

 Contact

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

Cody Caruso

Regional Health Liaison

250-924-6125​

cody.caruso@fnha.ca

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