Métis Nation BC 2006 Provincial Survey
In response to the Accord the Métis Nation BC established a planning process to address how the Métis Nation itself was going to make the Accord meaningful for Métis Citizens. As part of the process it was determined that the collection of data from Métis Citizens to provide baseline information for our objectives was necessary.
The Métis Nation BC 2006 Provincial Survey was a total of 129 questions, addressing areas such as health, culture, education, housing, employment, and was administered to over 1500 households. The health section of the MNBC 2006 Provincial Survey focused on the following eight (8) areas:
- Health Medical Services Plan and Health Insurance
- Accessing Health Care Services and Information
- Medical Conditions
- Mental Health
- Home Care
- Substance Use
- Traditional Healers
The top health issues, as reported in the Survey, were Arthritis, Lower Back Pain, Stomach and Digestive Problems and Diabetes. Métis Citizens top health concerns were affordable dental care, Elder care (long-term), mental health/addiction support, affordable prescription assistance and traditional healing alternatives.
The MNBC Ministry of Health developed a responsive Five-Year Plan based on the collected data. Further recommendations were provided by Métis Chartered Communities through community consultation processes which further addressed the need for promotion of Diabetes awareness, the development of a sustainable Métis Nation health program, the need for the Province to recognize the Citizenship card for things like health care, drug issues facing our youth and affordable or covered health benefits. The culturally relevant Five-Year Plan affirmed the MNBC Ministry of Health commitment to addressing the existing disparities and concerns of Métis Citizens in BC through a holistic approach. Highlights of the MNBC Ministry of Health Five-Year plan include:
- Collaboration with Community, Regional, Provincial and Federal partners, stakeholders and health service program providers to increase awareness and knowledge about Métis culture, health conditions, health status, and health service needs
- Health Promotion Programs and Services, delivered by Métis Chartered Communities (Métis Nation ActNow BC)
- Development of a Métis-Specific Healthcare Plan
- Reference list of Métis Healthcare Professionals
- Continued support for Métis students to pursue a career in the healthcare field
- Implementation of a health database program, collection and analysis of Métis Citizen health data
- Signed protocol agreements with the Ministry of Health Living and Sport, and Health Authorities
- Fully implemented Ministry of Health (Human Resources)
The Métis Nation BC will obtain measurable results through the Métis Nation BC 2012 Provincial Survey, measuring against the baseline data collected through the 2006 Provincial Survey.
The MNBC Ministry of Health will continue to work in partnership with the Province of BC to ensure equitable access for Métis Citizens to existing programs and services, as well as enhancing current services to become culturally appropriate.
ActNow BC Project
Making Strides To Better Health
ActNow BC is the health promotion platform that is helping British Columbians live healthier lives by being more physically active, eating better foods, living tobacco free and making healthy choices in pregnancy. The goal of this platform is to make BC the healthiest jurisdiction to ever host an Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games. The Minister of State for ActNow BC is the Honourable Minister Gordon Hogg.
Goals for ActNow BC include:
- To make British Columbia one of the healthiest jurisdictions to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games;
- To build community capacity to create healthier, more sustainable and economically viable communities;
- To improve the health of British Columbians by reducing tobacco use, eating healthy foods, being more active, and making healthy choices during pregnancy;
- To reduce demand on the health care system.
Targets for 2010 included:
- Tobacco Reduction: Reduce tobacco use by 10%
- Healthy Eating: Increase percentage of people who eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day by 20%
- Physical Activity: Increase percentage of people who are physically active by 20%
- Healthy Weights: Reduce percentage of BC adults who are overweight or obese by 20%
- Healthy Choices in Pregnancy: Increase number of women counselled about alcohol use during pregnancy by 50%
Success will require broad-based longterm changes in beliefs and behaviours; government can't do it alone and needs the participation of many partners from all sectors.
The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) is implementing the Aboriginal stream of the ActNow BC initiative. To support Métis participation in ActNow BC activities, the NCCAH has entered into an Agreement with Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). The Agreement is comprised of developing thirty-seven (37) Métis Chartered Community health promotion projects and two age and gender specific projects, one specific to the Métis Women's Secretariat - BC and one specific to the BC United Métis Youth Circle, for a total of thirty-nine (39) projects.
The MNBC will serve as the mechanism through to which to guide the development of projects that contribute to the achievement of the ActNow BC goals within Métis communities. Activities undertaken may be up to two years in length and are intended to contribute to the following key objectives:
- Promote wellness and support chronic disease prevention;
- Promote physical activity in communities;
- Promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in British Columbia;
- Increase the capacity of the Métis communities to create and sustain health promoting policies, environments, programs and services; and
- Enhance collaboration between Métis communities, government, non-government and private sector organizations.
Through its membership within the BC Healthy Living Alliance the MNBC has secured partnerships with national and provincial organizations with expertise in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation and prenatal health to support the development of the MNBC ActNow BC project(s). The partners to date include: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Health Aboriginal Tobacco Strategy and the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Getting Your Act Now Project Going
In order to receive Act Now funding communities must submit an Act Now Community Project Application form and remit to the MNBC Act Now Coordinator. Within sixty days following completion of the program, an Act Now Final Report form must be submitted. Both forms have been developed to ensure Act Now projects are developing in accordance with the grant guidelines. It is helpful to read both documents prior to developing your project. A sample workplan template has also been provided to assist communities in planning their program. It is not necessary to submit a workplan with your Act Now application. The workplan is intended to assist the program lead in developing the program and ensure activities are completed on time and as planned.The MNBC Act Now Coordinator is available to answer any questions you may have in developing your project or completing the application or final report; local Victoria number is 220-8450, outside the capital region, please call 1-866-293-1504 or contact the Ministry.