Métis Nation BC and Northern Health Sign Letter of Understanding Solidifying Commitment to Better Health Outcomes for Métis people
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (Surrey, BC) – On Monday, June 8, 2020, by virtual ceremony, Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) President Clara Morin Dal Col, and Northern Health Authority (NH) Board Chair Colleen Nyce, signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU). MNBC Minister of Health, Susie Hooper, and Northern Health President & CEO Cathy Ulrich were the official witnesses of the signing.
The opening prayer was conducted by MNBC Region 3 Director, Daniel Pitman, and the ceremony was attended by members and staff of NHA and MNBC.
The LOU outlines a commitment to work together and ensure Métis Nation’s influence and advice in decision making, and Métis specific approaches within the health care setting.
MNBC President Morin Dal Col commented: “As Métis National Council’s Minister for Health, and the President of Métis Nation British Columbia, I am excited to sign off on our Letter of Understanding between MNBC and Northern Health today. We look forward to the collective work ahead of us as we come together to ensure that the planning and delivery of health programs and services to Métis individuals, families and communities within the Northern Health region are accessible and culturally appropriate.”
“Northern Health is committed to partnering with Indigenous people and communities to build a health system that provides culturally safe services,” said Colleen Nyce, NHA Board Chair. “This Letter of Understanding acknowledges our partnership with the Metis Nation to support the health and wellness of Metis people across the northern region.”
The signing of this LOU solidifies the commitment and positive growing relationship between Northern Health and Métis Nation British Columbia. This commitment will work to improve health outcomes and better health services for Métis families of the ten (10) MNBC Chartered Communities served by Northern Health.
Northern Health serves the following Metis Communities:
- Métis Nation New Caledonia Society – Vanderhoof
- North Cariboo Métis Association – Quesnel
- Prince George Métis Community – Prince George
- Northwest BC Métis Association – Terrace
- Prince Rupert & District Métis Society – Prince Rupert
- Tri-River Métis Association – Smithers
- Ft St John Métis Society – Ft St John
- Moccasin Flat’s Métis Society – Chetwynd
- North East Métis Association – Dawson Creek
- River of the Peace Métis Society – Hudson Hope
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in BC. To date, over 20,500 Métis Citizens are provincially registered with MNBC. The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognize Métis Nation British Columbia as the Governing Nation for Métis in BC.
Northern Health provides health services to 300,000 people over an area of 600,000 square kilometres in the northern part of British Columbia, Canada. Our purpose: Through the efforts of our dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations, we provide exceptional health services for Northerners.
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Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation BC
Northern Health Communications – Media Line