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Learn more about our commitment to building a health care system that delivers culturally safe and equitable services to all Indigenous Peoples in the region.

We are striving to provide Indigenous patients and families with a health care experience free of racism and discrimination. We acknowledge that cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and we are committed to providing respectful care based on mutual trust.

Fraser Health Territory Acknowledgement

To create a climate for positive social change, we are encouraging all staff to formally recognize and acknowledge the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work.

Our commitments

  • This report concludes that Indigenous People in B.C. are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative health care experiences, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm and even death. 


    President and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee and Board chair Jim Sinclair joined the CEOs and board chairs from across the province’s health authorities in a message which included an apology to Indigenous patients, families, communities, staff and medical staff for their painful experiences within the B.C. health care system. They committed to implement the recommendations made in the report.

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  • In 2011, Fraser Health became the first Health Authority to sign a Partnership Accord with the First Nations Health Council. In 2020, Fraser Health renewed this commitment with Fraser Salish Regional Caucus and First Nations Health Authority. 

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  • In June 2019, Fraser Health signed a Letter of Understanding thereby committing to work with Métis Nation British Columbia and Métis Chartered Communities to support improved Métis patient experiences and access to culturally safe care.

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Strategies and initiatives 

  • This document outlines the Aboriginal Health program's vision, mission and goals for advancing Aboriginal health and wellness at Fraser Health. 

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Indigenous self-identification initiative

The pilot, a collaboration with the First Nations Health Authority and Métis Nation British Columbia, is the first of its kind in the Fraser Health region. Patients visiting the emergency department at Chilliwack General Hospital and Fraser Canyon Hospitals will be asked if they identify as Indigenous or Aboriginal at the time of registration. This pilot will be expanded to all hospitals across the region this year.