In the drive to improve the overall health status of the Metis people, more Metis health professionals are needed to serve our communities. Metis health professionals have a better rapport and more credibility with the Metis people. A career in the health profession will allow you to make a valuable contribution to improving the health of Metis in British Columbia.
The Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia works in partnership with Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSD) to administer the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement (AHRDA). HRSD implemented the Aboriginal Human Resource Strategy to improve opportunities and self-reliance for Aboriginal people. Through its seven regional offices, the MPCBC assists Metis citizens access short and long term training from recognized institutions and organizations.
To find a MHRDA office near you call: 1-800-940-1150
Scholarships and Bursaries
There are many different work settings within the health industry; however, the most typical are an office, home or hospital environment. Approximately 1.5 million Canadians work in the health industry. The most predominant and highest in demand are nurses - with 23,000 people occupying the profession.
The educational requirements vary depending on which health occupation you choose. Many options, such as Licenced Practical Nurse, require Grade 12 completion, a valid CPR certificate and a criminal records check. Contact the MPCBC Provincial Health Department or a career counsellor in your community to find out more about your chosen profession.
Your Community Needs You
Compared to the national average, the life expectancy of Aboriginal people is six years shorter, the infant mortality rate is double, HIV infections are substantially higher and the rates of developing adult diabetes are five times greater. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia want to improve these statistics by incorporating more Aboriginal people into health professions. Be a part of the solution by choosing a rewarding career in the health sector.