Good Medicine

​​The Good Medicine Initiative is a series of online articles and posts that highlight the strengths we possess as Indigenous people.

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Good Medicine Initiative shares how we, as Indigenous people across BC, are using culture, traditional knowledge and spirituality to support ourselves and each other in these trying times.

Resilience, lateral kindness and humour – these inherent strengths and others are featured in positive stories and fun, interactive posts.   

Good Medicine messages are captured and shared in four categories.

Community Stories – good news stories from Indigenous communities, both urban and on-reserve

Wellness Champions – stories of inspirational role models from First Nations communities

FNHA as a Wellness Partner – information, education and tools to support your wellness 

Living It – contests, challenges and recognition of how Indigenous people are “walking the talk”​

​Good Medicin​​e M​essages

Community ​​Stories

BC First Nation celebrates Pride Month with its first-ever Pride Parade!​​
First Nations communities connect and have fun with a virtual traditional stick game tournament ​​
A parade to deliver inspiration
First Nations “ninjas” are doing good deeds for homebound community members
Head Start programs adapt in Laxgalts’ap and Gitanmaax
Laughter! We all need some laughs right now
Líl̓wat Health and Healing shifts advance care planning for COVID-19
Online scavenger hunts and activities raise spirits in Sts’ailes
Raising our hands to BC health care heroes: The video!
Reclaiming food sovereignty and security with a gardening program for First Nations families
The power of voice to advance culturally safe health care for First Nations communities
Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society’s virtual smudge receives over 10,000 views​Indigenous Day of Wellness Grant Supports Music Video Sung in Secwepemctsin​

Wellness Cha​​mpions 

Jessie Newman (BC First Nations – Skidegate, Haida Gwaii)
Tlesla Leslie Adams (BC First Nations – Tla'amin Nation)
Joe Lattie (BC First Nations –  Gitanmaax)
Breanna Miller (BC First Nations – Chi:yom)
Stacie Coutlee (BC First Nations – Upper Nicola Band)
Ḡunʼdux̄ Megan Metz (BC First Nations – Haisla Nation)​​

FNHA as a Wellness Pa​rtner 

Commitment sticks: a reminder that culture is healing
Financial abuse can be Elder abuse
Ideas for supporting land-based healing and wellness during the pandemic
Keeping active at home
Pandemic side effect: Media spotlight on FNHA's doctors
Practise lateral kindness to help reduce stigma and fear of COVID-19
Providing activities for children during a time of crisis
Remember that food is medicine
Staying strong during tough times with the “medicine of resilience"
Young wisdom on mental health and wellness
We're celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) a little differently this year!
Good Medicine: Restarting our health and wellness routines as we come out of self-isolation

​Livi​ng It

A Mother's Day during COVID-19
Happy Nursing Week!
International Nurses' Day: Tips to celebrate nurses in your community
Show us your DIY #stayhome style!
Show us your homemade/handmade face masks!
Thank-you message to nurses and midwives during National Immunization Awareness Week
Introducing the new Good Medicine page!
Father’s Day this year will look a little different from previous years​
Let this be a season for First Nations youth and Elders to learn from each other
Share your stay-at-home-made creations!

Share Your Story

FNHA wants to hear from you. Share your experience of Indigenous strengths through a post or story.

To share a post, tag #GoodMedicineFNHA on FacebookTwitter ​orInstagram​.

To share a story, send the story (and photos, if you can!) to​ or submit it below. Please keep stories to less than 500 words and send photos, saved as jpegs, as separate attachments; thank you!​


​Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Webpage: Ab​out the Chief Medical Office  ​

The Good Medic​​ine initiative was created and launched by the FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer as part of its strengths-based approach to wellness.​

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