Safe, holistic and accessible care for Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal Health services by community
Services provided in partnership with Fraser Health may include primary care, mental health and addictions support, chronic disease prevention workshops, fall and injury prevention program, dental care services and health education.
Aboriginal health liaisons
The Aboriginal health liaisons connect with Aboriginal patients and family members, health care professionals, and other service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients receive culturally safe, appropriate, and timely care, whether in hospital or community.
Aboriginal health liaisons are part of the team and provide support, advocacy, and health education to Aboriginal clients and their families in hospital and community settings.
Aboriginal health liaisons:
- Connect patients to community services
- Help patients understand and navigate the health care system
- Assist and educate health professionals in caring for Aboriginal clients
If you are Aboriginal and receiving care in the Fraser Salish Region, you can contact an Aboriginal health liaison to help you access health care services to meet your cultural needs.
To access the services of an Aboriginal Health Liaison, you can call toll free at 1-866-766-6960.
Aboriginal health nurse practitioners provide safe, holistic and accessible primary care for Aboriginal people of all ages. Two nurse practitioner positions have been created to provide culturally appropriate primary care to Aboriginal people. One serves the Seabird Island and neighboring First Nations communities, while the other serves an urban Aboriginal community at Kla-how-eya in Surrey.
The Primary Health Clinic located in Surrey at the Kla-how-eya Healing Place provides culturally safe and holistic primary health care services for urban Aboriginal clients without regular primary care providers, or for those who use walk-in clinics or emergency departments for primary care needs.
Mental health and substance use services
Our Aboriginal mental health and patient liaisons help connect and support Aboriginal people, their families, and mental health staff to provide Aboriginal cultural appropriate services in hospital and in the community. Learn more about our Aboriginal mental health liaisons services.
Dental prevention services for Aboriginal people are offered both on and off reserve throughout Fraser Health in rural and urban settings. Our Health Promotion and Prevention Dental teams work in collaboration with community health teams to strengthen relationships and build community capacity among Aboriginal communities to prevent dental disease.
The dental teams assist families in reducing barriers to dental care through outreach dental clinics offered in Aboriginal communities such as Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation, as well as in urban settings at the Kla-how-eya Healing Place Primary Health Clinic.
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Traditional foods are the plants and animals that Indigenous Peoples use for food and medicine and are harvested in a sustainable way. This means that they are harvested in a way that does not harm the environment and provides the opportunity for future generations to use these foods. Traditional foods and medicine are important not only for Indigenous Peoples’ nutrition and health, but also to express culture and spirituality, and they are a way to connect with the land.
Tobacco reduction training
The Aboriginal population in B.C. has a disproportionately high rate of people who smoke (8 per cent) as compared to B.C.’s population overall (3 per cent).
Fraser Health provides Brief Intervention Training sessions in Aboriginal communities to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and resources to address tobacco dependence with people in their community. This training includes resources highlighting the difference between traditional tobacco and commercial tobacco.
Any groups who would like this training to address tobacco dependence can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a session.
Aboriginal health resources
- Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in B.C.
Resource listing of Aboriginal community-based services and organizations. Most are not-for-profit and Aboriginal operated.
- First Nations Health Authority
Wellness tips and resources for the Aboriginal community.
- Métis Nation British Columbia
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents and provides resources for nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in BC.
- National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
Information to help those living with diabetes.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.