About the FNHA
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first and only provincial First Nations Health Authority in Canada. Dedicated to transforming health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC, the FNHA is improving the health of communities by advancing the quality of health care delivered to BC First Nations and Aboriginal people.
Why a First Nations Health Authority?
Statistically significant health disparities exist for First Nations people in BC and across Canada. The First Nations Health Authority aims to reform the way health care is delivered to BC First Nations to close these gaps and improve health and wellbeing.
A New Relationship with our Partners
BC First Nations, the Province of BC, and the Government of Canada have all determined that First Nations health disparities are no longer acceptable. A New Relationship between these Tripartite Partners was forged and a series of precedent-setting agreements led to the creation of a First Nations Health Authority.
This new health authority is poised to take over the administration of federal health programs and services currently delivered by Health Canada’s First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region, and address service gaps through new partnerships, closer collaboration, and health systems innovation.
Making History Today and Tomorrow
As the First Nations Health Authority prepares for the historic transfer of programs, resources, assets, staff, and responsibilities, we are developing an organization that reflects First Nations culture and philosophy. Establishing a strong foundation prepares us to innovate, transform, and redesign health service delivery with guidance from BC First Nations in the coming years.
Responsive, Visionary, Transformative
The First Nations Health Authority is part of a unique health governance structure that includes political representation and advocacy through the First Nations Health Council, and technical support and capacity development through the First Nations Health Directors Association. Collectively, this First Nations health governing structure works in partnership with BC First Nations to achieve our shared vision.
The First Nations Health Authority will plan, design, manage, and fund the delivery of First Nations health programs and services in BC. These community-based services are largely focused on health promotion and disease prevention - such as:
• Primary Care Services
• Mental Health and Addictions
• Health Infrastructure
• Environmental Health and Research
• Non-Insured Health Benefits
Our work will not replace the role or services of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities. The First Nations Health Authority will collaborate, coordinate, and integrate our respective health programs and services to achieve better health outcomes for BC First Nations.