Regional Health Survey

​​​The First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) is a national health survey conducted by a​nd for First Nations. It captures a snapshot of the health and wellness of First Nations peoples living on reserves across Canada. On behalf of First Nations in BC, the FNHA is responsible for gathering and sharing the knowledge from the RHS in BC. For more information about the national RHS survey, visit our partner the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC).

Three phases of the RHS have been conducted with First Nations in BC; Phase 1 in 2002-2003; Phase 2 in 2008-2010; and Phase 3 in 2015-2017. The FNHA has also committed to Phase 4, with data collection planned for 2020.

For the first time ever, regional-level reports will be returned to communities in addition to a provincial-level report. This is exciting because it has allowed us to make the results more relevant to each region and reach more people and communities than ever before.


What makes the RHS unique?

The RHS is unique because of the way in which it has integrated First Nations approaches. Some examples of this are:

 Consent to participate in the RHS must first come from community leadership;

 The RHS was mandated by the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in 1996, meaning that this is a survey asked for by First Nations;

 Collection of data is driven by champions in community like Councilors and Health Directors, and;

 Community members are hired to support data collection, creating opportunities within communities.​


RHS Team Meeting, 2016: We hold up the many dedicated data collectors, field supervisors, coordinators and community champions who worked tirelessly to ensure that First Nations voices were heard.


BC Provincial RHS Reports:


Phase 3 (2015-2017) BC Provincial Report ​PDF (24 mb)

Phase 2 (2008-2010) PDF (6.93 mb)

Phase 2 Summary Report PDF (1.74 mb)

Phase 1 (2002-2003) – Produced by the First Nations Chief's Health Committee (PDF ​1.63 ​​MB)

BC Regional Phase 3 RHS Reports:


Phase 3 (2015-2017) Fraser Salish Regional Report

Phase 3 (2015-2017) Interior Regional Report

Phase 3 (2015-2017) Northern Regional Report

Phase 3 (2015-2017) Vancouver Coastal Regional Report

Phase 3 (2015-2017) Vancouver Island Regional Report

National RHS Reports:

National Report of the RHS Phase 3: Volume 1

National Report of the RHS Phase 3: Volume 2

RHS Phase 2 (2008/10): National Report on Adults, Youth and Children Living in First Nations Communities

First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS) 2002/03: Results for Adults, Youth and Children Living in First Nations Communities​

See for more information​​​


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