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.
Health human resources refers to people who are trained to work in healthcare delivery.
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.
• 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
Read the First Nations Health Human Resources Tripartite Strategic Approach (PDF 1.30 MB)
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: