Honouring our Elders Today and Every Day



A message from FNHA Nursing Services for Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

For Indigenous people, the role of our Elders is invaluable. Elders are our family members, teachers, and trusted supports. Most importantly, they are the Knowledge Keepers for our communities; they protect our history and culture.

June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a reminder that Elder abuse can come in many forms, including mental and emotional abuse and neglect. The FNHA raises our hands to those who work tirelessly to comfort and connect with our Elders, including nurses and BC First Nations individuals and leadership.

“As nurses, we value Elders and what they bring to our lives and communities," says Becky Palmer, Chief Nursing Officer, First Nations Health Authority. “We must work to protect them not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. We acknowledge that honouring Elders is healing for our communities."

It takes the strength of a community to prevent abuse and neglect of Elders. Here are some ways you can connect with Elders and help prevent Elder abuse.

 Staying Connected

 Respecting our Elders includes respecting their finance

 BC First Nations RE:ACT

KUU-US 24-Hour Crisis Li​ne Society for adults, Elders and youth

 Adults and Elders (250-723-4050)

 Youth (250-723-2040)

 ​Toll-Free Line (1-800-588-8717)

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