Advance Care Planning is about talking with your family, friends and health care team so they know how you wish to be cared for if you ever become ill or badly hurt. It’s about thinking about what matters – your values, goals, traditional practices and preferences. It's also about deciding who will speak for you and reviewing your plan when things change.
Advance Care Planning is one way to be prepared for the unexpected.
These resources can help you get started with Advance Care Planning.
Your Care, Your Choices is a guide to learning about Advance Care Planning for yourself.
This guide was adapted with consent from the Alaska Native Medical Center with input from health care providers and various First Nations people. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous elders, this comprehensive guide It includes personal stories as well as information about substitute decision makers, advance directives, expressed wishes for medical care, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), life support and tube feeding.
The guide includes workbook-style pages for you to record your decisions as well as copies of provincial legal forms that might be used in BC.
To request a print copy, please contact us.
I follow a traditional lifestyle and that would be part of my expectations in my care – that it would be woven into Western interventions. That might mean plant medicines, teas and ceremonies.
Created by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous people, Coming Full Circle: Planning for Your Care helps First Nations, Inuit and Métis in planning for and having discussions about their care should they become seriously ill or if they can no longer speak for themselves. The booklet:
* includes questions to guide reflection on values, beliefs and wishes for future healthcare
* outlines how to choose substitute decision-makers
* suggests ways to talk with families and healthcare providers to make wishes known
The booklet is available for download at LivingMyCulture.ca. Select the First Nations, Inuit or Métis icon and scroll down to the Print materials section.
Let’s Talk About Hospital Treatment Options During the COVID-19 Pandemic
My Journey into Advance Care Planning (personal story and update from Fancy C. Poitras, Senior Policy Analyst at FNHA)
Advance Care Planning can be viewed as a living will – which is difficult for many people to talk about – but it is really about trying to uphold a person's dignity and wishes as they experience illness or journey to the Spirit World.
Advance Care Planning: Talking to Your Community (Speak Up Canada video)
FNHA has developed several nursing resources for Advance Care Planning during COVID-19. See Nursing Practice in For Health Professionals in our Coronavirus section.