The release of Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's report, In Plain Sight: An independent investigation into Indigenous-specific discrimination in B.C. health care may trigger distress, bring back traumatic memories or feelings resulting from negative experiences in health care for many Indigenous people, for providers and others involved in the health system.
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) acknowledges that thousands of individuals bravely came forward to share their stories, and we want those individuals to know trauma-informed and culturally safe help is available.
The FNHA and other organizations provide culturally safe and trauma-informed cultural, emotional, and mental health counselling services. Elders or Traditional Healers provide cultural supports or Indigenous healing practices. Clients are supported in reclaiming ways of taking care of themselves, their families, their communities and their nations.
The following resources are available:
We encourage anyone who is experiencing distress at this time to access these resources and to share them with your communities, families, Elders and any other loved ones who may need culturally safe support.
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