HUB: Helping Us Build Documentary
Learn how Community Engagement Hubs bring grassroots voices into the implementation of the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan and how they work with First Nations communities to help determine and achieve their own health priorities.
This 26-minute video follows the stories of five very distinct Community Engagement Hubs, watch how this collaborative process creates the strength needed to overcome challenges and build towards healthier First Nations children, families, and communities.
What are Community Engagement Hubs?
Community Engagement Hubs (CeH’s) are groups of First Nations communities who agree to plan, collaborate, and communicate to meet their nation’s health priorities. CeH’s also provide a vehicle for First Nations Communities to partner with the First Nations Health Council to implement the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan. CeH’s are collaborations between First Nations communities working through one agreed upon organization. The formation of CeH’s encourages natural collaborations based on tribal and geographical factors, and provides resources to existing capacity.
There are currently 32 community hubs representing 175 First Nations. Hub host agencies and the communities affiliated with each hub are as follows:
Vancouver Island Region Hubs
- Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) Ahousaht First Nation, Ditidaht First Nation, Ehattesaht, Hesquiaht First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation, Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Nuchatlaht, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Toquaht, Tseshaht First Nation, Uchucklesaht First Nation, Ucluelet First Nation
- Inter Tribal Health Authority (ITHA): Namgis, Nanaoose, Qualicum, Snuneymuxw, Songhees, T’Sou-ke, Gwawaenuk, Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-mish, Tsawataineuk [Kingcome], Beecher Bay, Esquimalt, Homalco, Tseycum
- Kwakiutl District Council (KDC): Da’naxda’xw, K’omoks, Kwakiutl, Kwiakah, Mamalilikula-Que’Qua’Sot’Em, Wei Wai Kai [Cape Mudge], Wei Wai Kum [Campbell River], Gwa’Sala’Nakwaxda’xw, Quatsino, Tlatlasiwala
- Cowichan (Hulquminum) Cowichan Tribes, Lake Cowichan, Lyackson First Nation, Malahat First Nation, Penelakut, Halalt, Chemainus
- South Island: Tsartlip, Tsawout
Vancouver Coastal Region Hubs
- Heiltsuk Tribal Council:Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Nuxalk, Wuikinuxw [Oweekeno], Kitasoo
- Tsleil-Watuth Nation:Tsleil-Watuth Nation, Squamish Nation
- Tla’amin Community Health Board:Tla’amin, Klahoose, Homalco
- Lower Stl’Atl’Imx Tribal Council:Douglas, N’Quatqua, Samahquam, Skatin
Interior Region Hubs
- Williams Lake and West Region (Tsilhqotin National Government): Tsi Del Del [Alexis Creek], Tl’esqox-t’in [Toosey Indian Band], Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Gov. [Nemiah Valley], ?Esdilagh [Alexandria], Yunesit’in Government [Stone]
- Northern St’at’imc Health Hub(Lillooet Tribal Council): T’it’q’et [Lillooet], Seton Lake, Xaxli’p [Fountain], Bridge River, Cayoose Creek
- Thompson Region (Fraser Canyon Tribal Administration): Skuppah Indian Band, Lytton First Nation, Nicomen Indian Band
- Merritt area (Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society):Coldwater Indian Band, Nooaitch, Shackan, Cooks Ferry, Siska
- Okanagan (Okanagan Nation Alliance)Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Nicola Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Indian Band. Urban partners include: Okanagan Aboriginal Aids Society, Ooknakane Friendship Centre – Penticton, First Nations Friendship Centre – Vernon, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society – Kelowna, Lower Columbia All First Nations - Castlegar
- Secwepemc area (Q’wemtsin Health Society):Kamloops Indian Band, Skeetchestn, Whispering Pines/Clinton, Canoe Creek/Dog Creek, Soda Creek, Williams Lake, Adams Lake, Little Shuswap, Splatsin First Nation, Simpcw First Nation, Canim Lake, Neskonlith, Esketemc [Alkali], Bonaparte, Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation [Pavillion]
- Ktunaxa Nation Hub:Akisq’nuk First Nation [Columbia Lake], Tobacco Plains Indian Band, Lower Kootenay Indian Band, St. Mary’s Indian Band
Fraser Region Hubs
- Sto:lo Nation:Aitchelitz, Leq’á:mel, Matsqui, Popkum, Skawahlook, Skowkale, Shxwhà:y Village, Squiala, Sumas, Tzeachten, Yakweakwioose
- Seabird Island (Ye mi sqeqo:tel la xwe’lets emo:t o): Seabird Island First Nation, Scowlitz, Soowahlie, Kwaw’Kwaw’Apilt, Kwantlen, Shxw’ow’hamel, Chawathil, Cheam, Union Bar, Chehalis, Skwah
- Fraser Canyon (Fraser Thompson Indian Services Society):Boston Bar, Boothroyd, Spuzzum, Oregon Jack Creek. [*Please note that the FTISS hub communities receive services from both the Fraser and Interior health authority’s.]
Northern Region Hubs
- Haida Health Hub: Old Massett Village Council, Skidegate Band
- Carrier Sekani Family Services:Burns Lake Band [Ts’il Kaz Koh], Takla Lake First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band, Skin Tyee First Nation, Yekooche, Wet’suwet’en First Nation
- Talhtan Health:Iskut, Tahltan Band Council [Dease Lake & Telegraph Creek]
- Finlay: Kwadacha First Nation, Tsay Keh Dene First Nation
- Treaty 8:Halfway River First Nation, Doig River First Nation, West Moberly Lake First Nation, Prophet River Band [Dene Tsaa Tse K’Nai First Nation], Saulteau First Nation
- Northwest Health Hub: Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Glen Vowell, [Sik-e-Dakh] Band, Kispiox, Hagwilget Village, Gitwangak, Moricetown [Wet’suwet’en]
- Dakelh’ne Hub: Nak’azdli Band, Nadleh Whuten First Nation, Saik’uz First Nation, Tl’azt’en First Nation, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
- North Coast Tsimshian: Hartley Bay, Metlakatla Indian Band, Lax’Kw’alaams First Nation
- Coast Mountain Alliance: Kitsumkalum Indian Band, Kitselas Indian Band, Haisla First Nation
- Nisga’a Valley Health Society:1. Gingolx, Laxgalts’ap, Gitwinksihlkw, Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Pr Rupert/Pt. Edward Society, Gitlaxdax Terrace Society, Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society
- True North Hub: Dayla Dene Council [Lower Post], Taku River Tlinglit First Nation, Good Hope Lake
Collaboration and joint planning create efficiencies, and will provide better health services for BC First Nations people. For example, where it may not be feasible to have a mental health expert in every community, the hub concept would allow for planning to have one expert available to serve the member communities of the hub. In this way, collaboration and resource sharing between the nations in a hub can fill health gaps that otherwise would not be addressed.
Hubs also act as a communications vehicle, allowing the Health Council to effectively communicate in a accurate and timely manner with all 203 BC First Nations. Currently, there are 29 community engagement hubs, representing 161 First Nations in various stages of development.
Community Engagement Hub Annual Funding
We are working with current Community Engagement Hubs to redefine the funding process. Please contact Mark Matthew for more information.