Webinar recording now available! Introducing the North Coast AHIC


This webinar was hosted live on January 25, 2017. It is the first webinar in a series that will introduce each of the eight Aboriginal Health Improvement Committees (AHICs) undertaking innovative collaborative work across northern BC to support improved health and wellness with Indigenous people and communities.

This webinar introduces the North Coast AHIC, the Indigenous communities that participate on this AHIC, and includes a viewing and discussion of a video produced by this AHIC: Honouring Our Journey.

Speakers on the webinar include: Semiguul, Fanny Nelson, Matriarch and Elder; Mary Wesley, Aboriginal Patient Liaison, Prince Rupert Regional Hospital; and Michael Melia, Health Services Administrator, Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

For those who missed the original webinar, the recording is now available!

In July 2015, all BC Health Authority CEOs signed a declaration demonstrating their commitment to advancing cultural humility and cultural safety within health services. Information shared through local cultural resources developed by AHICs, supports health care providers developing culturally safe practices. Northern Health initiated the unique structure of AHICs in 2005. Since then they have grown in number and impact. AHICs include local representatives from: Indigenous communities and organizations; the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA); Northern Health (NH); and other sectors. They are action-oriented groups that collaborate across jurisdictional silos on local priorities and initiatives.

Since 2014, AHICs have been developing local cultural resources in response to the following provocative question: “If I were a new health practitioner coming to your community, what would you want me to know?” This video is one of the cultural resources developed by the Norther Coast AHIC to begin to answer this question.