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Welcome to the premier edition of
Interior Health Aboriginal Partnerships News!

Interior Health (IH) is committed to improving communication with Aboriginal communities, leaders
and service providers in the Interior. Our new bi-monthly newsletter will highlight key activities
and collaborations on our journey to advancing reconciliation and the provision of culturally safe care.
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A Message from IH CEO Susan Brown 

As part of IH’s commitment to action and improving transparency with Aboriginal partners, we will be sharing quarterly updates and stories to ensure that community and health leaders are aware of key activities and partnerships. These initiatives are just a few of the many collaborations with Aboriginal partners on our journey to advancing reconciliation and the provision of culturally safe care.

We are committed to the journey; there is much to learn and do to improve health and wellness outcomes for Aboriginal peoples within the Interior region. I would like to thank all Aboriginal health care leaders for their patience and for helping us learn and move forward in partnership. 


In Plain Sight Response

We continue to make meaningful progress on the In Plain Sight (IPS) Report recommendations. IH will publicly report progress towards implementing our response twice per year, in June and November. 

Aboriginal Health & Wellness Strategy 

IH has released the IH Aboriginal Health & Wellness Strategy (AHWS) for 2022-2026. The strategy was developed in consultation with the seven Interior region First Nations, Métis Nation B.C. and IH leaders across all portfolios. 

Addie Pryce, VP for Aboriginal Partnerships

In 2021, IH hired the first Vice President for Aboriginal Partnerships. Addie Pryce reports directly to the CEO and serves as a key member of the IH Senior Executive Team. Addie brings crucial two-eyed seeing to IH leadership—incorporating Aboriginal and Western ways of knowing and being.

Aboriginal Heath Care Advocates

IH has committed to hiring eight Aboriginal Heath Care Advocates, one to support each of the seven Interior region First Nations and Métis Nation B.C. The first advocate began work with the Ktunaxa Nation in April. Hiring is underway for the seven additional positions.

Interior Voices Podcast

IH's award-winning Aboriginal health-focused podcast uses story and conversation to explore the intersection of wellness and culture in the workplace, everyday life and patient care. Interior Voices promotes work happening around the Interior region, highlights champions for change, and speaks to cultural safety and humility issues. 

Addressing Adverse Events

Two new Aboriginal Patient Care Quality & Safety Consultants were hired in January 2022 to address adverse events experienced by Aboriginal clients. The consultants will work with Aboriginal partners to develop an Aboriginal-specific patient feedback and resolution process.

Meet APN Jacqueline Mattice

In her role as an Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Jaqueline Mattice helps to create safe spaces for Aboriginal patients and their families during health-care visits. 

SAVE THE DATE - Indigenous Food Forum

November 8 & 9, Spirit Ridge at Nk'mip Resort, Osoyoos

If you are involved in Indigenous food-systems work in your communities in the Interior Region, or are with a partner food-related organization, join us at the Indigenous Food Forum for opportunities to share ideas, best practices, and dialogue! By attending the Forum, you will have the opportunity to learn, network, collaborate and create an Indigenous food-systems community of practice.

Attendees will range from those responsible for the procurement of food (including hunters, harvesters, growers and purchasers) to those who work within and between communities to distribute food (through either formal food distribution programs, or informal sharing communities) and those involved all along the continuum.

Aboriginal Job Postings with IH

Visit Aboriginal Careers for Up-to-Date Listings 
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - 100 Mile House
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - Ashcroft
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - Kamloops
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - Merritt
  • Knowledge Coordinator - Aboriginal
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