Vancouver Island



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.

Vancouver Island Regional Health and Wellness Plan (PDF 3.55 MB)



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
INAC 2011
Census 2006
(On-reserve and Off-reserve)
Census 2011
Total BC132,68761,37471,313110,54575,255

First Nations Communities

Beecher Bay

Campbell River Indian Band (Wei Wai Kum)

Cape Mudge Indian Band (Wei Wai Kai)

K'omoks First Nation
Da'Naxda'xw  First Nation
Dzawada'enuxw First Nation
Gwawaenuk Tribe 
Hupacasath First Nation
Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h First Nations
Klahoose  First Nation
Lake Cowichan First Nation 
Malahat First Nation
Namgis First Nation 
Nanoose  First Nation
Pacheedaht First Nation
Qualicum First Nation
Snuneymuxw First Nation 
Songhees First Nation
Stz'uminus First Nation
T'Sou-ke First Nation
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
Tlowitsis Tribe
Tsawout First Nation
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 TERRITORY (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 across 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.

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Media inquiries

Island Health

Valerie Wilson

Manager, Regional Communications



First Nations Health Authority


Vancouver Island Partnership Accord (PDF 1.74 MB)

Regional Caucus Presentations

Spring 2019

Caucus Agenda (PDF 586 KB)

First Nations Health Council Capital and Infrastructure (PDF 423 KB)

First Nations Health Council Engagement Update (PDF 395 KB)

First Nations Health Council Long Term Approach (PDF 1.07 MB)

First Nations Health Council Outstanding MOU Commitments (PDF 468 KB)

Health Benefits Engagement & Transition Update (PDF 1.43 MB)

Vancouver Island Opioid Response (PDF 743 KB)

Vancouver Island Update (PDF 696 KB)

November 2018:

Vancouver Island Partnership Accord Evaluation (PDF 1.23 MB)


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

Oyster Bay Office


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