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Ensure to register by the deadline of Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:59pm to guarantee your seat and that a hotel room is available. After this date, registration cannot be guaranteed. See the FAQs below for more information.

WELCOME / Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX

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.

The Gathering Wisdom forum this year will feature discussions on health, mental health and the social determinants of health. 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.

Gathering Wisdom IX 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 community strategies and promising practices for mental health and the social determinants of health
  • Chiefs will be asked to provide direction on the social determinants of health strategy
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Conference Location

Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Dr
Vancouver BC
V6G 2V4

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Travel Reimbursement / Guidelines and information

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.

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.

Please download the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines and Expense Claim Form here:

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FAQs / Frequently Asked Questions

Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey FAQ

What does my community need to know about the Gathering Wisdom forum this year?

The Gathering Wisdom forum this year will feature discussions on health, mental health, and the social determinants of health. Based on feedback from the last Gathering Wisdom forum, it is important that there are opportunities to learn and contribute to the work of better health outcomes for First Nations in BC.

The Gathering Wisdom forum this year will provide an opportunity for leaders and health and wellness leads to hear from the FNHA on health programs and services, 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.

Most importantly, the Gathering Wisdom forum is an opportunity for leaders to discuss the direction of the social determinants of health strategy that the FNHC is leading.

Will there be a decision at the Gathering Wisdom forum this year?

Based on discussions with leaders at the Regional Caucuses in the fall, the FNHC has heard that communities need more time to talk about the direction of this work before making a province-wide decision. The upcoming Regional Caucuses will provide time for leaders to discuss the future direction of the FNHC and any future decisions that may need to be made related to work within the social determinants of health. At this year’s Gathering Wisdom forum, Chiefs will be asked to provide direction on the work within the social determinants of health.

Why is it important that Chiefs attend the Gathering Wisdom forum?

As decision-makers, it is important that Chiefs have information to support the health and wellness work they do in community. The Gathering Wisdom forum is an important part of the health governance process. It is an opportunity to provide Chiefs with an update on progress and discuss future directions for the health governance structure that we as BC First Nations have established.

While there may be no province-wide decision to make at Gathering Wisdom this year, the FNHC is asking for leadership direction on work within the social determinants of health. There will be keynote presentations on Nation rebuilding and opportunities for leadership dialogue throughout the three-day forum.

Can I meet with the FNHA on health programs?

Yes. There will be multiple opportunities to talk with the FNHA throughout the three-day forum. We will be hosting a series of information sessions to ensure communities get the information they need on health programs. In addition, we will ensure senior representatives of the FNHA are available to meet with leaders and health leads on the specific interests of their community. More information will be made available on this in the coming month.

Who is invited to attend?

Similar to the Regional Caucuses, we are pleased to invite three (3) representatives from each BC First Nation community in BC. This includes:

  1. Political Lead (e.g. Chief or Proxy)
  2. Health Lead (e.g. Health Director, Community Health Representative, or Health Portfolio Holder on Council)
  3. Social Lead (e.g. Social Development Director, Social Development Worker, or Children and Family Worker)

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, we are pleased to invite one (1) representative from the following:

  • Delegated Aboriginal Agency
  • First Nation Umbrella Health Provider

What is the ‘social lead’ category on registration?

As the discussion on the social determinants of health is broader than health services, we want to include representatives that have responsibility for health and social services in their community. A ‘social lead’ may include, but is not limited to, a band manager, social development director, social development worker, social worker, or children and family worker. These are examples – each community should select the most appropriate representative to attend for their community.

Will there be a regional procession?

Yes. We encourage all attendees to bring your drums and regalia to participate in the regional procession on the first day.

How do I register?

To register, visit here: https://www.regonline.ca/gatheringwisdomIX

Ensure to register by the deadline of Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:59pm to guarantee your seat and that a hotel room is available. After this date, registration cannot be guaranteed.

How does my community get reimbursed for travel and accommodation costs?

Travel expense reimbursement forms can be downloaded from multiple locations during the online registration process. In addition, hard copy forms will be supplied onsite at the Forum near registration.

Will there be other activities throughout the three day forum?

Yes. There will be a variety of Wellness Services open to all invited delegates to access. Potential services include traditional and cultural practices such as cedar brushing and smudging. In addition, a limited number of Artisan Vendors will be onsite offering products for sale.

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