Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX

Vancouver, British Columbia
Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2V4

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The First Nations Health Council (FNHC) is pleased to host Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX, taking place May 15-17, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore on Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.

This Gathering Wisdom forum will feature leadership discussions on health and a ten-year social determinants of health strategy. It is an opportunity for First Nations to engage in direct dialogue with each other and federal, provincial and health system partners on factors that influence the health and wellness of their children, families and communities.

The Gathering Wisdom forum this year will provide an opportunity for leaders and health and wellness leads to hear from the FNHA and FNHC, learn more about promising practices from other communities across BC, discuss the role of health and healing in Nation rebuilding, and discuss new opportunities in the areas of mental health and the social determinants of health.

Importantly, the Gathering Wisdom forum will provide time for leaders to discuss and provide direction to the social determinants of health strategy that the FNHC is leading.

Event Highlights

  • Keynote speakers to share lessons learned, successes and journeys of healing and Nation rebuilding
  • Ministers for Canada and BC to provide an update on progress to act on their commitments to First Nations in BC
  • Discussion on the success and future of the First Nation health governance structure in BC
  • Discussion on strategies for addressing the social determinants of First Nations health in BC
  • Chiefs will be asked to provide direction on the social determinants of health strategy

Who is Invited and Eligible for Travel Reimbursement

The First Nations Health Council is pleased to invite three (3) representatives from each BC First Nations community:

  1. One Political Lead (eg. Chief or Proxy Designate with Chief’s Approval)
  2. One Health Lead (eg. Health Director, Community Health Representative or Health Portfolio Holder)
  3. One Social Lead with expertise in health and/or social services (eg. Social Development Worker, Social Program Director, Children and Family Worker)

**Important note: It is up to each community to choose how they want to participate in the Gathering Wisdom forum this year within the three affiliations described above. Due to the nature and focus for this year, the participation of political representatives from each community is encouraged by the FNHC.

In addition, FNHC invites (1) representative from the following affiliations, and are eligible for travel and accommodation reimbursement:

  • Delegated Aboriginal Agency
  • First Nation Health Service Provider Organization (defined as “a First Nations Umbrella Health Organization which provides health services on behalf of a collective of First Nations communities in the respective region”)
**Important note: a list of approved organizations can be found upon selecting the attendee category from the drop-down options on the next page, and clicking 'Details'.

General Attendance
Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey is a sold out event every year. To ensure priority is given to invited delegates, we are unable to offer General Attendance seating. Onsite attendance is limited to invited and pre-registered delegates.

Contact Information

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:59pm

Ensure to register by the deadline to guarantee your seat and hotel room. After this date, registration cannot be guaranteed.