INTERIOR HEALTH AREA RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Covers the East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, Okanagan and Thompson Cariboo Shuswap areas. Specifically: 100 Mile House, Anahim Lake, Armstrong, Aschroft, Barriere, Canal Flats, Castelgar, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Coldstream, Cranbrook, Crawford Bay, Creston, Elkford, Enderby, Fernie, Golden, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Invermere, Kamloops, Kaslo, Kelowna, Keremeos, Kimberley, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Lumby, Lytton, Merritt, Midway, Montrose, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Rutland, Salmo, Salmon Arm, Shuswap, Sicamous, Silverton, South Cariboo, South Similkameen, Sparwood, Spallumcheen, Summerland, Tatla Lake, Trail, Vernon, Westbank, West Kelowna, Williams Lake, Windemere. Interior Health has 54 First Nations communities residing in our region including: Secwepemc, Southern Carrier, Okanagan, Ktunaxa Kinbasket, Nlakapamux, Stl’atl’imx, and Ts’ilhqotin. In the region there are 44,900 Aboriginal people, which is about 6.3% of the region’s population.
There are 16,200 self identifying Métis people in the IH region representing 36% of the Aboriginal population of IH, with over 2,000 of those being registered Métis Citizens under the Métis Nation of BC and approximately another 2,000 self identifying Métis individual who also are members of the various Metis Chartered Community within IH.
The majority of the Aboriginal and Métis population resides in the West region (51%) followed by the Central region (31%), and then the East region (18%).
Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APN) assist Aboriginal patients in the Interior Health area with access to community services that enhance continuity of care and efficient use of resources. APNs support services will assist or help with: Understanding the hospital care system; Spiritual connection; Discharge planning; Community and hospital linkages; and Promoting access to community services.
APN’s provide linkage within the local health areas and First Nation communities within the Interior Health region. The APN workers provide support to Interior Health Aboriginal patients, caregivers, and their families while in the health-care system.
The APN collaborate with and assist health-care providers in early identification and assessment of patient needs. They participate in the discharge planning process to facilitate the timely discharge of patients to support patient care and independence.
For both the Aboriginal patient and health-care provider, the APN will be a resource to assist in providing culturally sensitive health care. Find out where the APN service is offered or contact an Aboriginal Patient Navigator.
For more information regarding Aboriginal Health services provided by Interior Health, https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/AboriginalHealth/Pages/default.aspx