Kootenay Knowledge Exchange

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Surrey, BC [Oct 26, 2016] - Knowledge Exchange - Oct 22nd 2016 with Ktunaxa Nation Council, Interior Health Authority and Metis Nation British Columbia Kootenay

MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col and Regional Director Marilynn Taylor welcomed all participants to the Knowledge Exchange at St Eugene’s Resort in Cranbrook BC. 

President Morin Dal Col said that we are “thankful for the opportunity to work with the Ktunaxa Nation to identify ways to work together for the health of our people. We will work together to increase the participation of all Aboriginal people, Status First Nations, non Status First Nations and Metis people in planning of health services”.

Presentations were made by Interior Health, Ktunaxa Nation Council and Metis Nation British Columbia to the 30 participants from all over the Kootenay region. Allowing participants to be aware of the services funded and / or delivered by Interior Health Authority (IHA) to Aboriginal people that reside within Ktunaxa Traditional Territory. This event spoke to the commitment of our MNBC and Ktunaxa Health Protocol as a first step in ensuring that the planning and the provision of health services will be inclusive all Aboriginal people. Lively entertainment was provided on the break by the School District #5 Jiggers and all in attendance were gifted sweetgrass.

A commitment was made in our Interior Health Authority Letter of Understanding that Metis people and Interior Health have common goals of equitable access to health services and improved health and wellness outcomes. The Knowledge Exchange was a great opportunity that provided Metis and Urban Aboriginal people the ability to learn more about the services available to them in the Kootenays from Ktunaxa Nation and Interior Health.

Special thanks to Shannon Girling-Hebert from Ktunaxa Nation Council and Brad Anderson and Darcy Doberstein from Interior Health Authority for assisting with the planning of this event.

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For more on this please contact:

Tracey Thornhill

Executive Assistant and Communications Officer

Métis Nation British Columbia


Photo: MNBC President with Region 4 Kootenay Regional Director Marilynn Taylor (2nd to right of photo) Kootenay Métis Chartered Community Leadership, Women's Regional Representative Jean Sulzer (took photo) and Veterans Representative Gordon McGregor (left of photo).


Photo's: Cranbrook SD #5 Jiggers (School district).