Greetings respected Vancouver Coastal First Nations Leadership,

The E-Newsletter goals are to establish an informative and meaningful public communications stream and bring health and wellness information closer to community.

In today’s issue, you will find information on:

  • Community Stories
  • Updates: FNHA
  • Updates: VC EOC
    • Heat Warning
    • Vaccines
    • First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day
    • Community Support
  • Updates: Government of BC
  • Updates: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
  • Updates: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
  • Trainings, Workshops and Funding Opportunities

We hope you find these resources helpful.

Stay Healthy and Be Well.

To read previous editions of this newsletter, visit our archive.



Reconciliation agreement reached between Bristish Columbia and

Heiltsuk Nation

Photo from the Canadian Press

The B.C. government has signed a reconciliation agreement with the Heiltsuk Nation aimed at offering support for housing, language and economic development.


The $22.3-million agreement also provides a foundation for the implementation of Heiltsuk rights, title and self-government under a 2019 deal with the provincial and federal governments.


Chief Coun. Marilyn Slett says the funding will go toward a language centre, tourism business opportunities, a business plan for a lumber mill and a long-term care facility for community elders.

New interactive map shares Indigenous arts, language and

culture throughout B.C.

An online, interactive map developed by the First Peoples' Cultural Council showcases language, art and culture from First Nations around B.C. (Submitted by Emmy McMillan)
Familiarizing yourself with the Indigenous culture in B.C. just became a little easier, thanks to a new map created by the First Peoples' Cultural Council. 
The online, interactive map divides the province up into Indigenous territories, including some areas where there is overlap, with sections featuring language, art and culture. 



If you have questions and need support navigating your COVID-19 community response activities and have questions around restart and recovery planning, please reach out to your FNHA VC EOC Team and Leads.

COVID-19 Web Portal

Check out the FNHA COVID-19 web portal for the latest information for First Nations individuals, community leaders and health professionals.
FNHA Updates

Enjoy the hot weather this summer, though think ahead to stay healthy and safe!

Photo taken at the 2016 BC Elders Gathering 
This weekend and early next week will bring record-breaking heat to many parts of BC, with temperatures soaring into the 30s and even low 40s. While we want everyone to enjoy the sunny weather, the sudden heat can cause heat related illnesses, particularly for the very young, elders, and those with certain medical conditions. And while vaccination rates are increasing, we still need to be careful because of COVID-19. ​This means we have to think ahead to stay healthy and safe. 
FNHA VC EOC Updates: Heat Warning

Resource compilation for Heat Wave Preparation

Compiled below are list of resources on heat wave notifications/weather advisory, precautionary measures, cooling centres considerations. Also feel free to click on each image to download further information.
FNHA VC EOC Updates: Vaccines

Two doses are the number one way to beat COVID-19

Photo courtesy of Squamish COVID-19 Vaccine clinic

FNHA VC team would like to raise our hands to the BC First Nations communities that have successfully rolled out the Covid-19 vaccine clinics (first and second dose) in their communities.


A large majority of BC's adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But as Dr. Nel Wieman explains, your vaccination isn't complete until you get the second dose as well. For the strongest possible immunity to COVID-19, make sure to book your second dose.

Myocarditis, Pericarditis and the COVID-19 Vaccines

Our vaccine experts at the FNHA discuss what myocarditis and pericarditis are and why you might be hearing about those terms in connection with COVID-19 vaccines. Although there is no established medical link between these conditions and vaccines, read to learn more about our vaccine safety system.

FNHA VC EOC Updates: First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day

Videos: Patient experience and Elders Blessing

The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program enables First Nations people in BC with limited or no access to their own doctors to make virtual appointments. The intent of the program is to enable more First Nations people and their family members to access primary health care closer to home. 
Watch the latest vidoes on patient experiences and Elders Blessing: A welcome video to be patient-facing.
FNHA VC EOC Updates: Community Support
COVID-19 Community Support Guide - Calculators
Click below underscored to access:
Please submit funding request directly to Vancouver Coastal Regional Team is here to provide support as needed, contact VC EOC Finance Lead Alexia Krepiakevich at


BC Travel Restrictions Lifted for Restart Plan

As of June 15, BC moved into Step 2 of the the four-step BC Restart Plan. Recreational travel is once again permitted within BC, while limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings have also been updated. Read about the changes at the link below.


Click for more details.


VCH Community Partner Update
Read updates: June 15 and June 18, 2021
VCH Overnight Palliative Telephone Support Service

The VCH regional overnight palliative telephone support service is returning to regular hours effective June 18th. The VCH regional overnight palliative telephone support service will be operational from 1930h-0830h seven days a week (including stats and holidays), 365 days a year. From January to June, we temporarily expanded this phone service to support clients, families and staff throughout the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. People receiving palliative care at home can now return to calling their regular care team during daytime hours for day time palliative care support as they usually do.


VCH Overnight Palliative Telephone Support Service

  • Hours: 1930-0830
  • Phone Number: 1-877-857-7155
  • Who can call: People receiving palliative care and their families or caregivers who are known to home care, shift care nurses seeking consultation, individuals being discharged from palliative care units (PCUs), and First Nation healthcare teams and community partners in care (e.g. First Nations community health nurses, RNs, LPNs working in First Nations communities within VCH catchment area). Attached is the client brochure and FAQ page. Please communicate changes in service directly to clients


If you have any questions about the above service, please contact:

Liz Ford, Palliative Care Manager –; (604) 314-9029

Miriam Scott, Coastal Home Health Educator – ; (604) 986-7111 ext. 5794


Learn more: FAQ and Brochure.

Upcoming VCH Indigenous Specific Clinics



This update and earlier editions are available on First Nations Public Service Secretariat website.



Thunderbird Partnership Foundation - Community Crisis Response Training

This training will be facilitated by Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and your seat will be sponsored by First Peoples Wellness Circle, there is no cost to participate in this training if you are able to secure a seat.  These seats are for Mental Wellness Team members in the  Central and Mountain Time zones.


DATE: Tuesday July 6th - Thursday July 8th 

TIME: 10:00am - 4:30pm CDT / 8:00am-2:30pm MDT

WHERE: Via Zoom

HOW TO REGISTER: Send an email indicating your interest to: by Friday, July, 2 2021


Please note there are limited seats available and seats will be secured on a first come first serve basis.

First Nations' Emergency Services Society - TEAMS pilot project

FNESS is announcing a new Temporary Emergency Assignment Management System (TEAMS) pilot project.  TEAMS will enhance emergency response and preparedness in BC First Nation communities by building capacity within communities and providing support to other communities during an emergency situation.


Interested parties are asked to submit their name, community, PREOC region and contact information to by July 1, 2021 to prepare for emergency response deployment this season. 


Reclaiming My Language: A Course For Silent Speakers is an Indigenous-developed program to support Silent Speakers to reclaim their language and begin speaking again.


Click here for more details and application process.

The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF)


The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience. Any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.


Application Deadline: Ongoing


Please click here for more details  and application process.

Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships (ACBTP) and Indigenous Skills Training Development Fund (ISTDF).


The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) delivers two programs that provide funding to Indigenous communities (Communities) to access skills training and post-secondary education leading to employment, self-employment or further education.


Please contact AEST staff to obtain more information on criteria and how to apply. By email: or by phone: Yavhel 250-216-4701; Delphine 250-516-3159 or Michael (236) 638-3507

The New Relationship Trust (NRT)


The New Relationship Trust (NRT) Elders Grant Initiative is available to all BC First Nation Elders groups at the community level. Priority will be given to Elders Groups. The maximum amount available is $2,500 per Elders group or First Nation/community/organization.


Application Deadline: Open Until Funds Exhausted


Please click here for more details  and application process.

BC First Nation Youth Language Grant Initiative


The New Relationship Trust (NRT) recognizes the importance of revitalizing British Columbia (BC) First Nations languages and has identified Youth Language funding as a strategic priority. Preservation and restoration of First Nations languages is integral to cultural identity. NRT will begin to accept completed applications on June 15, 2020 until funds are exhausted. The maximum amount available is $4,000 per First Nations youth language projects.


Application Deadline: Open Until Funds Exhausted


Please click here for more details  and application process.

To read previous editions of this newsletter,
visit our archive

Respectfully in wellness,


Tiffany Chu & Selcuk Cicek

COVID-19 Communications Co-Leads


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