ABOUT US

HEALING OUR SPIRIT WORLDWIDE – THE NINTH GATHERING

SEPTEMBER 11- 15, 2023 | VANCOUVER, BC

RECOGNITION OF TERRITORY

Healing our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW) – The Ninth Gathering will take place on the the unceded and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) People.

EVENT HOSTS

The Ninth Gathering is hosted by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), First Nations Health Council (FNHC) and First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) in coordination with the International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide (IICHOSW).

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

The FNHA is the health and wellness partner to over 200 diverse First Nations communities and citizens across BC.​

In 2013, the FNHA began a new era in BC First Nations health governance and health care delivery by taking responsibility for the programs and services formerly delivered by Health Canada. Since then the FNHA has been working to address service gaps through new partnerships, closer collaboration, health systems innovation, reform and redesign of health programs and services for individuals, families, communities and Nations.

The FNHA is also a champion of culturally safe practices throughout the broader health care system. Taking a leadership role, the FNHA actively works with its health partners to embed cultural safety and humility into health service delivery and improve health outcomes for First Nations people.

The FNHA’s community-based services are largely focused on health promotion and disease prevention and include:

  • primary health care through more than 130 medical health centres and nursing stations
  • children, youth and maternal health
  • mental health and wellness
  • communicable disease control
  • environmental health and research
  • health benefits
  • e-health and telehealth
  • health and wellness planning
  • health infrastructure and human resources

The FNHA’s vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC’s Indigenous people. This vision is centred on wellness – rather than illness – and on exploring what wellness means to the First Nations people the organization serves. It is an ambitious vision that has generated interest around the world, and so the FNHA is proud to host Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.

About the First Nations Health Council (FNHC)

The FNHC is one of four pillars of the First Nations Health Governance Structure in BC, along with its partners at the FNHA, the FNHDA and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health, including the BC and federal governments. Its advocacy journey began in the early 2000s, including the 2007 signing of the Transformative Change Accord to address health disparities between First Nations people and other BC residents. The FNHC’s mandate is to oversee transformation of the health system, make progress on the Social Determinants for Health and advocate for First Nations decision-making in health and wellness. The FNHC provides political leadership for implementation of Tripartite commitments and supports the health priorities for BC First Nations. For information, visit FNHC.ca.

About the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA)

The FNHDA is one of four pillars of the BC First Nations Health Governance Structure in BC, along with its partners at the FNHA, the FNHC and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health, including the BC and federal governments. The FNHDA was created in 2010 by and for Health Directors who manage a range of programs and services in First Nation communities in BC. The FNHDA is building a better health system from the ground up by promoting culturally strong, experienced, professionally trained First Nations Health Directors;
providing technical advice on research, policy, program planning and design; and supporting the implementation of community Health Plans. For information, visit FNHDA.ca.

THANK YOU TO OUR HOSW SPONSORS

Cedar Sponsor

CONTACT INFORMATION

For General HOSW inquiries, please email us at
hosw@fnha.ca
For registration inquiries, please email us at hosw@pacegroup.com