VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH (VCH) AREA RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
This area covers Vancouver, Richmond, The North Shore and Coast Garibaldi, Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, the Central Coast and the surrounding areas. Specifically: Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Bowen Island, Britannia Beach, Brackendale, Coast Garibaldi, Darcy, Earl’s Cover, Egmont, Garden Bay, Gilles Bay, Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay, Lions Bay, Madeira Park, Mount Currie, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Pender Harbour, Port Mellon, Powell River, Richmond, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Secret Cover, Squamish, and Whistler.
Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program helps First Nations and Aboriginal people access health services. It offers practical support to Aboriginal persons utilizing Vancouver Coastal Health services through hospital liaison and referral processes. The purpose is to provide a communication linkage between the patient, family, community and health care provider, assisting the care team with health care and discharge planning. The goal is to improve access and ensure the Aboriginal patients’ health care experience is culturally safe and inclusive. It aims to ensure the Aboriginal patient understands the hospital cultural/processes and health care staff understand the unique needs of the Aboriginal patient. To get in touch with a Vancouver Coastal Health Aboriginal Patient Navigator: 1 (877) 875-1131 toll-free, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Vancouver, the Aboriginal Wellness Program (A.W.P.) develops and delivers culturally safe mental wellness and addiction programs for First Nations and Aboriginal people residing within the Lower Mainland including:
Adult counselling (for a variety of issues, such as trauma, residential school, grief & loss, depression, anxiety and addiction)
Support groups (you can share stories, and learn from each other’s challenges, strengths, and strategies. Throughout the year they host drop-in support groups, psycho-educational workshops, therapy groups and groups based on traditional teachings
Cultural support & teachings is holistic, client centered and based on building on the client’s current strengths. Elders and Traditional Practitioners are brought in for specific purposes based on client’s needs and cultural support is tailored to each person’s cultural and spiritual beliefs. 604-675-2551, email@example.com
Also in Vancouver, the Lu’ma Medical Centre http://lnhs.ca/luma-medical-centre/ provides culturally safe healthcare with First Nation physicians. 604-558-8822
The Lu’ma Housing Society Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge (We believe in your ability to heal) in Vancouver has furnished apartments for you to feel comfortable, bring your family, enjoy cooking and focus on the healing path. They create the conditions that are necessary in an accommodation to improve health outcomes. The first of its kind in BC, the lodge serve over 400 guests per year coming to Vancouver from communities across the province for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, pregnancy, transplant operation, diagnostic tests, and appointments. Patient guests range in age from infants to elders. Our Lodge is the top choice for long term patients who need to cook for their special diet and heal during treatment. http://lnhs.ca/aboriginal-health-wellness/ 604-707-9191
Throughout Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Sacred Spaces & Gathering Places booklet outlines the sacred spaces and places for Aboriginal patients and their families to gather while accessing services in VCH. VCH recognizes the importance for many Aboriginal people to gather around loved ones in times of illness, healing and while receiving care. Comfortable spaces are provided within each facility and where possible spaces are also available for spiritual and cultural healing practices. Sacred spaces and gathering places are listed for each VCH facility. Information includes smudging, where you can find sacred space to prepare a body as well as for necessary prayers and ceremony, food, and more.
While under the care of Vancouver Coastal Health, if you have, questions, concerns and complaints about your health care, there is an Aboriginal Health Complaints Process; learn more at http://www.vch.ca/your-care/aboriginal-health. Remember too that the Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program can help: 1-877-875-1131 toll-free, or email firstname.lastname@example.org