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Salish Sea Sentinel | June 21, 2021

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Health at the heart of renewed accord

Health at the heart of renewed accord

A renewed Vancouver Island partnership accord – focused on better health services and outcomes for First Nations families – was signed in December.

First Nations from throughout the Island participated in the ceremonies.

Chiefs, elders and community members from nations joined representatives from First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Island Health and First Nations Health Directors to celebrate the signing.

The first accord was signed in 2012 and the renewal builds upon lessons learned since then about all aspects of health and wellness.

“This accord illustrates just how far we have come,” said Joe Gallagher, the chief executive officer of the FNHA who is from Tla’amin First Nation.

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationships and health services in support of healthy, self-determining and vibrant BC First Nations children, families and communities.”