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​Internal Partnerships

APN Program

Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APNs) support families by providing resource to help connect them to appropriate health care services and provide cultural support. They also work with health care workers to provide resources to assist in providing culturally appropriate care and to connect them with external Aboriginal services.

Aboriginal Mental Wellness

Director, Aboriginal Mental Wellness
Judy Sturm, Aboriginal Mental Wellness Director

Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan

Directly aligned with the vision and goals of the IH organization to set new standards of excellence through a focus on providing quality driven patient-centred care for Aboriginal peoples, the Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan (AMWP) aligns with IH Mental Health and Substance Use, First Nations Health Authority and Aboriginal community planning. It was developed through input by Aboriginal peoples, families, communities, organizations and health-care providers.

Administrators and Managers are familiarizing themselves with the AMWP and will lead their staff toward new ways of doing business with Aboriginal peoples.

External Partnerships

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

As of October 1, 2013 the First Nations Health Authority began to plan, design, manage, deliver and fund the delivery of First Nations Health Programs across British Columbia.

Interior First Nations Governance Structure

Métis Nation of B.C. (MNBC)

The Métis Nation are a distinct Aboriginal people, recognized within the Constitution Act (1982). The mandate of MNBC is to develop and enhance opportunities for Metis Chartered Communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.

Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Aboriginal Friendship Centres provide culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people living in urban centres and have become a place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together, to share traditions and to learn from one another.


As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
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