Urban and Away-From-Home


Overview • UAH Engagement  Programs, Services and Resources • Stay Up-to-Date!  Framework  Survey Report  ​UAH Funding Initiative


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 (UAH) population includes status and non-status First Nations people in BC who live in:

  • a city, urban, 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​​

UAH Engagement – We Want to Hear
from You!

FNHA_SSP_UAH_Graphic_Blue_Aug2022.pngThe First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is engaging with the UAH population, BC First Nations, urban Indigenous organizations and health system partners in each region. The goal of this work is to create and improve UAH engagement and communications pathways with our partners to support FNHA health and wellness planning.

UAH Engagement was launched in March 2023 and took place throughout the year in the Northern region, which is now complete.​

Stay tuned for upcoming engagement sessions in the Interior region and other regions across the province throughout 2024! ​

Programs, Services and Resources

First Nations people living in urban areas and away from home have access to programs, services and resources provided by the FNHA, including:

For a full list of the FNHA's programs, services and resources, visit our What We Do page

Stay Up-to​-Date!

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

Sign up for the FNHA e-newsletter to stay informed about activities, new programs and services (scroll down to the site footer and enter your email address).


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.

UAH Funding Initiative​

Thank you to everyone that applied for the UAH Funding Initiative​! We have now selected the recipients of the 2023-2024 grants of up to $25,000. Keep an eye out for stories featuring the recipients and how they are using the funds to support the UAH population in areas of primary care, m ental health and wellness, the toxic drug response and/or addressing racism in health and wellness.


​Urban and Away-from-Home ​Team
Email: UAH@fnha.ca
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