MNBC and Interior Health Authority commitment to the betterment of health services for Métis

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Métis Nation British Columbia’s (MNBC) Ministry of Health is pleased to announce the historical signing of our second concurrent Letter of Understanding with the Interior Health Authority (IHA).

The Letter of Understanding was signed by IHA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Provincial Patient Safety and Quality officer of the BC Patient and Safety and Quality Council, Dr. Doug Cochrane, and Vice-President of Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Trevor Corneil.

President, Clara Morin-Dal Col signed on behalf of MNBC and as the Métis National Council Minister for Health and witnessed by MNBC, Minister of Health, Susie Hooper.

The signing of this Letter of Understanding demonstrates the commitment of both parties to work towards the betterment of the health services available to the sixteen (16) Métis Chartered communities within the Interior Health Authority region:

  • Salmon Arm Métis Association
  • South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association
  • Kelowna Métis Association
  • Ashcroft and District Métis Association
  • Nicola Valley and District Métis Society
  • Boundary Local Métis Community Association
  • Two Rivers Métis Society
  • Vernon & District Métis Association
  • Vermillion Forks Métis Association
  • Métis Nation Columbia River Society
  • Nelson and Area Métis Society
  • Elk Valley Métis Association
  • Columbia Valley Métis Association
  • Rocky Mountain Métis Association
  • Kootenay South Métis Association
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Métis Association

 

The Letter of Understanding between Métis Nation British Columbia and the Interior Health Authority is the longest standing among any of the Health Authorities in the Province.

This Letter of Understanding opens doors for MNBC to continue engaging with IHA and play an active role in the planning and decision making processes that affect the health and wellness of Métis peoples within the Health Authority.

A primary focus of the Letter of Understanding is to acknowledge Métis heritage, create common goals in health practices, and partner to improve health and wellness outcomes. This LOU provides an opportunity to advise and influence the delivery of Aboriginal specific health care for Métis peoples within the Interior Health Authority region.

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Media Contact:

Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation BC
6040-557-5851 / 1-800-940-1150

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Background:

The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, nearly 18,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC.  The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.