British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nations Health Governance
In 2011, the First Nations Health Society (now the First Nations Health Authority), the First Nations Health Council and the provincial Minister of Health and federal Minister of Health (the “Parties") signed the
British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance (Tripartite Framework Agreement), setting out the Parties' commitments relating to the implementation of our shared goal of improving the health and well-being of First Nations individuals and communities in British Columbia.
These commitments include the transfer of federal health programs to the FNHA:
As per the Tripartite Framework Agreement, an Implementation Committee was established to provide general planning and coordination for the implementation of the Tripartite Framework Agreement; this responsibility includes monitoring the implementation of the Tripartite Framework Agreement.
In 2013, federal health programs formerly administered by First Nations Inuit Health in BC were transferred to the FNHA in accordance with the Tripartite Framework Agreement. Since transfer, the FNHA, in collaboration with its federal and provincial partners, has been working to address service gaps through new partnerships, closer collaboration and health systems innovation.
See the following for additional information on the FNHA:
2019 Tripartite Framework Agreement Evaluation
The Tripartite Framework Agreement requires that the Parties shall jointly evaluate the implementation of the Tripartite Framework Agreement every five years. The evaluation of the Tripartite Framework Agreement must consider the purpose and intent of the Tripartite Framework Agreement; assess health indicators as well as governance, tripartite relationships and integration; and be shared publically.
The first Tripartite Evaluation report, entitled the
2019 Tripartite Framework Agreement Evaluation on First Nations Health Governance (Tripartite Evaluation) was released in 2020 and shared at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey X. On the direction of the Implementation Committee, recommendations were purposefully left out of the report to provide First Nations and health system partners an opportunity to provide feedback on the Tripartite Evaluation.
Engagement on the Tripartite Evaluation is currently underway and is continuing into this fall 2021. Feedback gathered on the Tripartite Evaluation will be utilized to develop recommendations and a response action plan.
For additional information, see this summary video:
Engagement on Tripartite Evaluation Findings to Develop Recommendations and Response
The following sets out the phased engagement approach and activities for the Tripartite Evaluation:
Spring/Summer 2021 | Phase 1 Engagement
Fall 2021 | Phase 2 Engagement
Winter 2021 | Phase 3
The following five topics, which are described in the Tripartite Evaluation report, are being utilized to guide engagement on the Tripartite Evaluation:
In addition, there is an opportunity to provide feedback on the design and engagement approach for the next mandatory Tripartite Evaluation to be completed in 2024. To review a summary of findings and questions for each topic, please see the
Opportunities to Provide Input
To provide input to inform the Tripartite Evaluation recommendations and response, you can participate in a virtual focus group or online survey, or email us.
Join a virtual group session to provide input to inform the Tripartite Evaluation recommendations and response action plan. Please register for a session using the links below (each session will cover the same content):
Additional Regional, Sub-Regional or Nation-based virtual focus group sessions are also available through working groups, committees and regional engagement tables and on request. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a session.
Provide feedback by completing the online survey. The survey is open until Oct. 31, 2021.
Download and complete a
fillable form and email to
email@example.com or mail to FNHA Evaluation | 7725 Tetayut Road | Saanichton, BC | V8M 2E4
The Tripartite Framework Partners will use feedback to develop recommendations and a response action plan.