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Addressing Racism: An independent investigation into Indigenous-specific discrimination in B.C. health care

Experiences of Discrimination in Health Care

We are requesting your voluntary participation in this survey to understand the presence and extent of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (hereafter called Indigenous) specific discrimination in health services in British Columbia.

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Health in BC

In BC, First Nations have a unique health governance structure that includes political representation and advocacy through the First Nations Health Council; planning, management and delivery of health programs and services through the First Nations Health Authority; and technical support and capacity development through the First Nations Health Directors Association. Collectively, this First Nations health governing structure works in partnership with BC First Nations to achieve our shared vision.

Find more information about the responsibilities,  activities, and resources for First Nations from these organizations on their websites:

First Nations Health Council

First Nations Health Authority

First Nations Health Directors Association

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Health Directors Association

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Health Sector continues to advance and promote the First Nations Health Transformation Agenda (FNHTA). The FNHTA sets out 85 recommendations to federal, provincial and territorial governments. These cover a wide range of policy areas all aimed at stabilizing profoundly underfunded health programs and increasing self-determination of First Nations health in keeping with inherent, Treaty and international rights.

The AFN will continue advocacy efforts to improve First Nations health and wellbeing in areas such as public health, communicable disease control, chronic disease, family wellness, mental health, food security and cannabis by pushing for distinctions-based and culturally relevant approaches that are sustainably funded and driven by First Nations.

Find latest updates on the AFN website's health policy page and issue updates page.