Improving the health of Aboriginal people
Aboriginal Health is an integral part of Community Integrated Health Services portfolio guided by the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. Aboriginal Health not only focuses on improving the health of the Aboriginal people we serve, but also contributes and supports all areas of health within IH.
Services may include: primary care, mental health and substance use support, chronic disease prevention workshops, fall and injury prevention, dental care, and health education. Services are provided in a partnership with Interior Health.
Why Aboriginal health is important
While the health status of Aboriginal people has improved over the past few decades, inequities still exist. The health outcomes of Aboriginal people are disproportionately lower compared to those of non-Aboriginal Canadians. Therefore, it is the goal of the Aboriginal Health Team and IH to improve the health of the Aboriginal people we serve.
Aboriginal health plan (2010-2014)
The Aboriginal Health and Wellness strategy is a primary guiding document for the Aboriginal Health Team and Interior Health. Learn more about our health and wellness strategy.
What services are available?
Interior Health has 55 First Nations communities residing in our region including: Secwepemc, Southern Carrier, Okanagan, Ktunaxa Kinbasket, Nlakapamux, Stl’atl’imx, and Ts’ilhqotin. In the region there are 44,900 Aboriginal people, which is about 6.3% of the region’s population.
There are 16,200 self identifying Métis people in the IH region representing 36% of the Aboriginal population of IH, with over 2,000 of those being registered Métis Citizens under the Métis Nation of BC and approximately another 2,000 self identifying Métis individual who also are members of the various Metis Chartered Community within IH.
The majority of the Aboriginal and Métis population resides in the West region (51%) followed by the Central region (31%), and then the East region (18%).
Contact the Aboriginal Health Team.