For descriptions of the Fraser Salish Region Health and Wellness Plan Pillars, see page 21 of the 2019–20 FNHA Annual Report.
The territorial land base of the region, as defined by BC Regional Health Authority boundaries is 15,660 km squared, 1.7% of the total provincial land base. For the purposes of this profile, the administrative geographic boundaries of the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) are used but there are First Nations communities included in the Fraser Salish Region for First Nations health planning purposes that may lie outside these geographic boundaries.
The table below provides estimates of the Status First Nations population living in the Fraser Salish Region using different data sources, including the 2011 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)’s Indian Registry, the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census. According to INAC 2011 data, the population registered to BC First Nations in the Fraser Salish Region is close to 9,000, representing 6.7% of the population registered to BC First Nations.
Fraser Salish Region Status First Nations Population Estimates, 2006 and 2011
INAC 2011 (total pop.)
INAC 2011 (on-reserve)
INAC 2011 (off-reserve)
Census 2006 (total pop)
Census 2011 (total pop)
Sources: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Census, Statistics Canada
December 13, 2011
Coast Salish Territory (VANCOUVER, BC) – Recognizing that First Nations must have more say in their own health, the Fraser Salish Nations and the Fraser Health Authority today signed a Partnership Accord aimed at making significant progress in improving the health of First Nations in the region.
This Partnership Accord is the first health agreement of its kind in the province - one between a regional health authority and one of the regional caucuses that have been formed by the First Nations Health Society to work with health partners to improve First Nations health.
The Accord allows for more shared decision-making between both parties and increased First Nations participation in decisions about health services for First Nations and other Aboriginal people in the Fraser region.
“This agreement signals an important change, and the way ahead for how health services will be delivered to First Nations not only in the Fraser Region, but throughout British Columbia. If health outcomes are to improve for First Nations in our province, then we must work in partnership to make progress,” said Grand Chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council.
The Accord was signed by Fraser Health and the Fraser Salish Regional Caucus, who provide political and technical leadership to the Salish Nations. The Caucus has representatives on the First Nation Health Council, a provincial body which is tasked with creating a First Nations Health Authority – the first of its kind in Canada - in collaboration with federal and provincial partners. (The First Nations Health Society is the business arm of the First Nations Health Council.)
“Fraser Health is committed to working collaboratively with the Fraser Salish Regional Caucus to improve Aboriginal health services delivered within the Fraser region. This partnership will assist First Nations communities in governing their own health initiatives to improve the lives and the health of the people in First Nations communities,” said Dr. Nigel Murray, president and chief executive officer of Fraser health.
One of the key commitments in the Partnership Accord is the establishment of an Aboriginal Health Steering Committee, which will serve as a forum for joint efforts on First Nations and Aboriginal health priorities, policies, budgets and services in the Fraser Region.
The Accord calls for improvements in service delivery through more collaboration between Fraser Health and First Nations Health Centres in the region, and work with community health leaders to develop more culturally appropriate health strategies.
“When we work together with mutual respect, guided by a plan that will specify initiatives and milestones, there is no doubt that we can see change in First Nations health outcomes in this region,” said Chief Maureen Chapman, representative for the Sto:lo Nation Chiefs Council.
There are 32 First Nations communities in the Fraser Salish region of various sizes, including small and isolated communities. The needs of the communities vary significantly, as does the capability of each community to engage with Fraser Health. The Accord specifies that no community should be forced into region-wide health strategies but that no community should be left behind.
“Our approach to health and well-being is, more than anything, community-based. First Nations and Aboriginal peoples have a good understanding of their health challenges and goals, and this partnership with Fraser Health will help us reach those goals sooner,” said Chief Willie Charlie, representative for the independent Fraser Salish communities.
The Partnership Accord builds on a number of provincial and regional documents, including the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan, signed by First Nations leaders, the Province of British Columbia and Health Canada in June of 2007. In addition to specifying a range of health actions, the Tripartite Plan also called for a new First Nations health governance structure in BC. The latter was achieved this year through the signing of an agreement that will see the design and delivery of health services for BC First Nations transferred from Health Canada to a First Nations Health Authority.
Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health services to the largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority is committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.
Umbrella health organizations coordinate the activities of a number of member groups, promoting a common purpose. The following organizations receive funding from the First Nations and Inuit Health BC Region. Communities covered in the umbrella health organization are listed under each organization.
Seabird Island Health Services:
Sto:lo Nation Health Services:
Sts'ailes Health Services:
Diane McEachernDirector, Regional Engagement, Fraser Salish Region
Policy, Planning, Programs and Community Wellness ServicesPhone: 778.684.1911Email: firstname.lastname@example.org