Health Human Resources

​BC First Nations people receive health care from professionals who work for many organizations - including First Nations communities, FNHA, provincial health authorities and independent businesses. The goal of improving the health workforce so that it works better for First Nations requires strong partnerships. 

What are Health Human Resources?

Health human resources refers to people who are trained to work in healthcare delivery.

Why are Health Human Resources important?

First Nations people have a right to a healthcare system that is free of racism and discrimination. They should feel safe when accessing healthcare. Providing quality service to First Nations includes building a health workforce of people who have cultural safety and humility skills – in other words, a workforce that can treat First Nations people with respect and sensitivity.

What are FNHA’s Health Human Resource Plans? 

BC First Nations have provided direction to FNHA about health human resources. Specific actions from the Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan and Tripartite First Nations Health Plan include:

• Dedicate post-secondary spaces for Aboriginal health professions
• Designate health authorities staff who are responsible for Aboriginal health
• Include nurse practitioner and physician participation in Aboriginal health/healing centres
• Increase the number of First Nations health professionals
• Increase the number of Aboriginal hospital liaison staff employed by health authorities
• Develop a cultural competency curriculum for health authorities

In addition to the Transformative Change Accord, FNHA’s Directive #5 is to develop current and future health professionals through education and training.
In 2013, FNHA worked with its partners to develop a First Nations Health and Human Resources Tripartite Strategic Approach. It sets out goals and objectives in priority areas to provide direction for health human resources work.


Read the First Nations Health Human Resources Tripartite Strategic Approach  (PDF 1.30 MB)

How is FNHA partnering to improve the health workforce?

FNHA's goal is to support the development of a culturally safe workforce for First Nations people, including increasing the number of First Nations people in health careers. Some current initiatives include:

• Distributing the FNHA Health Career Guidebook, giving overviews of 70 health careers
• Investing in scholarships and bursaries for First Nations people in health programs and in health career promotion activities
• Partnering with post-secondary institutions, including in planning and advisory roles, providing practicums/internships at FNHA and collaborating on research initiatives
• Partnering and implementing a commitment with BC health partners through the signing of a “Declaration of Commitment, Cultural Safety and Humility in Health Services Delivery for First Nations and Aboriginal People in BC”
• Developing a video to recruit nurses to work in First Nation communities
• Planning initiatives with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Advanced Education and other health partners


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