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The COVID-19 pandemic makes it more important than ever to get vaccinated against influenza this fall. Learn why in this podcast with Dr. Shannon McDonald, the FNHA’s interim Chief Medical Health Officer. Dr. McDonald also answers other questions you may have about the annual flu vaccine. Learn more: https://www.fnha.ca/coronavirus…
 
Adeline Brown is Haida from Haida Gwaii and a survivor of the Indian Residential School system. She has worked with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society since 2005, using her background as an art therapist to bring about healing for the “wounded and hurting.” Her passion is to get people on the healing path and become all that they can b…
 
Barney Williams Jr., whose traditional name is Taa-eee-sim-chilth, is Nuu-chah-nulth and a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations situated in the Tofino area of Meares Island. Williams Jr. is an Indian Residential School survivor and served as a committee member for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2008-2015 to provide cultural and s…
 
In this edition of the FNHA COVID-19 podcast, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shannon McDonald and Media Relations Specialist John Moody discuss BC’s Phase 3 pandemic response: what does it mean, and what can First Nations people do to stay safe and support each other? Dr. McDonald shares guidance and encouragement to help you “stay the course” th…
 
Dr. Kelsey Louie, Medical Officer with the FNHA, talks about the new First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program.The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program enables members of BC First Nations with limited or no access to their own doctors or nurse practitioners to make virtual appointments. Learn more in this podcast interview with Dr.…
 
Hear from two of the creators of the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day Program - Megan Hunt, Acting Executive Director of eHealth and Primary Care, and Eyrin Tedesco, Clinical Project Director, Primary Care and eHealth. In this short podcast, Megan and Eyrin describe this barrier-removing program and how it is providing access to primary care…
 
The Interim CEO of the FNHA, Richard Jock, talks about:· the decision to move the organization to a Level 3 state of readiness to direct more resources to the COVID-19 emergency· how the work of the FNHA is guided by the vision that First Nations people and communities deserve the best we have to offer “because what happens to communities happens t…
 
This is a story of tension between First Nations and the Canadian health care system: one hospital, one woman and her fight to put First Nations at the centre of health care. That woman is Theresa William, a member of the Splatsin Indian Band near Vernon, BC. Her mother was neglected in a state of medical emergency in the ER. After 11 hours of wait…
 
FNHA CEO Joe Gallagher is from Tla'amin First Nation. He talks about his own close call with cancer, which came on the heels of his father’s death due to cancer. Joe shares his story in the hopes of creating a space where we can all begin talking about cancer sooner – before it’s too late. “Testing is extremely important. We need to go for regular …
 
BC First Nations are a young a growing population with almost half the population under 25 years of age. These young people give First Nations communities energy and signal a bright future. Young First Nations also have their struggles: the negative effects of colonization including intergenerational trauma, poverty and racism. It may not be surpri…
 
Paula Potter is part Cree, part Scottish and is from Lakota Nation. She grew up in Edmonton but has lived in Vancouver for a long time. Paula is part of the ‘Culture Saves Lives’ movement. She leads sweats; she sun dances; she is a traditional pipe carrier. Paula does this to help Indigenous people reconnect with their cultures. Her sacred use of t…
 
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a tobacco-cessation podcast that shares the personal journey of a respected northern First Nations leader as she commits to quitting commercial cigarettes. The candid and humorous three-part podcast, “Smokestack Sandra,” tracks Sandra Teegee, Deputy Chief of Takla Lake First Nation, over a seri…
 
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a tobacco-cessation podcast that shares the personal journey of a respected northern First Nations leader as she commits to quitting commercial cigarettes. The candid and humorous three-part podcast, “Smokestack Sandra,” tracks Sandra Teegee, Deputy Chief of Takla Lake First Nation, over a seri…
 
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a tobacco-cessation podcast that shares the personal journey of a respected northern First Nations leader as she commits to quitting commercial cigarettes. The candid and humorous three-part podcast, “Smokestack Sandra,” tracks Sandra Teegee, Deputy Chief of Takla Lake First Nation, over a seri…
 
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