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A message from Kris Murray, Corporate Director, Aboriginal Health & Wellness

Bonn Aanii (Happy New Year – Michif)!

As 2022 came to an end, it was humbling and heartwarming to reflect on the incredible work that my team, Aboriginal Health & Wellness, and the entire Aboriginal Partnerships portfolio accomplished over the year. We worked really hard to recruit the amazing individuals we have in order to establish a supportive, creative, fun, and hard-working group of humans to advance priorities and improve the accessibility and safety of health services for Aboriginal peoples across the region. 2022 brought increased travel within and across the territories of the seven Interior region First Nations, more time in community, relationship building, and the launch of the IH Aboriginal Health & Wellness Strategy (AHWS) 2022-2026. We increased the public accountability for our work in anti-racism and response to In Plain Sight and took steps to improve the effectiveness of our Partnership Accord Leadership Table. It was a year of setting our relatively new portfolio up for long-term success, and the start or strengthening of many partnerships.
Moving into 2023, I am excited to see what we can accomplish as a team. Aboriginal Health & Wellness has increased its capacity to be able to more fulsomely and thoughtfully implement the AHWS. We have multiple new positions posted that will work throughout the Health Authority to advance the priorities of First Nation, Métis, and urban Aboriginal health partners – creating safer spaces, better access to services in community whether in person or virtually, and taking innovative steps to increase information sharing and collaborative care planning. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I look forward to our paths crossing throughout the year.

Pishapmishko (Take care – Michif)


Cultural Safety training updates for IH staff

IH Aboriginal Cultural Safety & Humility is offering the Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise to all IH staff through the end of March. In-person sessions are also available, consisting of a Box Circle Exercise in the morning and the Blanket Exercise in the afternoon. 

Territory Acknowledgments subject of podcast 

Dr. Martin Lavoie, Interim Chief Medical Health Officer for Interior Health shared his ongoing journey around the importance creating meaningful Territory Acknowledgments on a recent episode of Interior Voices.

Second In Plain Sight Response Report available

The second volume of IH's IPS Response highlights our progress over the past six months towards implementing the In Plain Sight (IPS) report recommendations, providing updates on strategic activities and taking a more in-depth look at key initiatives. 

Cranbrook UPCC marks one year anniversary

The Cranbrook UPCC is part of the East Kootenay Primary Care Network (EK PCN), a group of regional health care providers who work together to offer comprehensive, person-centered health care that is equitable and culturally safe.

Climate Change and Sustainability Roadmap Session

IH is hosting an engagement session on February 1 at 9:00 a.m. open to all Aboriginal Partners in the Interior RegionFirst Nations, Métis Nation BC, urban Aboriginal partners and providers. During the session, we will discuss the impacts of climate change, health and wellness, focusing on the cultural connection to the land, water and air, and what key principles are important to consider as we engage leaders and communities in the development of the Climate Change and Sustainability Roadmap.

Improving patient care through peer inclusion 

Recently, Peer Volunteer Brock Thomas and Practice Lead Alison Kyte joined the Interior Voices podcast to discuss how insights provided by people with lived and living experience improve health care planning and service delivery. 

Aboriginal Job Postings with IH

Visit Aboriginal Careers for Up-to-Date Listings 
  • Aboriginal Employment Advisor (two positions) 
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - 100 Mile House
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - Merritt
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator - Williams Lake
  • Business Partner | Aboriginal Employee Experience
  • Lead | Aboriginal Strategy & Accountability 
  • Nurse Practitioner, Rural Aboriginal - Kamloops
  • Nurse Practitioner, Urban Aboriginal - Kamloops
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