Urban and Away from Home Health and Wellness


Overview • Framework • Survey Report • Programs, Services and Resources • Stay Up-to-Date!


The majority of First Nations people in BC live in urban areas or away from home. However, mainstream health services are not always accessible due to systemic, institutional, clinical and individual barriers. The FNHA has multiple roles as a service provider, funder, partner and advocate to support the health and wellness of all First Nations people in BC, regardless of where they live or access their health services.

The First Nations urban and away from ​home population includes status and non-status First Nations people in BC who live in any of the following areas:

  • an urban area or city
  • a rural, remote or isolated area that is not in a First Nations community or on a reserve
  • a reserve that is away from their home community

Programs, Services and R​esources

First Nations people living in urban areas and away from home have access to programs and services provided by the FNHA. See the FNHA home page for an overview of what we do or see the Related Links at the top of this page.​

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Starting in Fall 2022, the FNHA will be inviting individuals, First Nations and partners to be involved in creating and improving engagement pathways with the urban and away-from-home First Nations population in BC. Register with us to stay in touch and learn more!

Stay Up-to​-Date!

Join the Urban and Away From ​Home contact list using our online form.

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The document Urban and Away from Home Health and Wellness Framework outlines high-level principles and strategic directions for expanding the scope and function of FNHA support for the urban and away-from-home population.

The “Framework at a Glance" illustration provides an overview of the three streams of the Framework and the key areas of work within each stream.

Survey Report

The FNHA ​conducted a survey to understand how First Nations people living in urban areas and away from home access health and wellness information.​​​

The results of the survey, described in the Urban and Away from Home Survey Results Report, will inform the development of communications and engagement strategies. The Summary of Survey Results document highlights key findings from the survey. 

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