“If you could dream into reality a health care system that would provide culturally safe and effective care for me and my family it would include…”

Together, our voices are stronger.

The Kootenay Boundary region is undergoing a primary health care transformation that will achieve increased attachments and access to health care services, wrap around team-based care and culturally safe and respectful care.  As part of this work an Aboriginal Community Health and Wellness needs assessment will be completed.

It is critically important to hear from First Nations, Métis, Inuit and mixed Indigenous ancestry people living in the region who are willing to share their stories and experiences about connecting with primary care and community service agencies.  There are two different ways that Indigenous people can connect to this work and offer their stories and experiences:

  1. Complete an online survey.  It will take people approximately 15 minutes to complete this survey. Click here to take the survey: https://surveys.divisionsbc.ca/Kootenay-Boundary-Aboriginal-Health-Survey.aspx
  2. Participate in a one-on-one conversation with an Indigenous service provider to share experiences and stories of connecting to both primary care and community-based supports.

To set up a conversation with a member of the research team 

Please contact Christy Anderson, Aboriginal Health Researcher, who can be reached at:  kb.ab.collaborative@gmail.com or by phone at:  250-687-1501.  She can then book a time at your convenience to host a one-on-one conversation and offer space for you to share your stories and/or personal experiences.

These conversations can be done by phone, using Zoom (or other video chat platforms) or in person, respecting physical distancing protocols during this pandemic time. If requested, an Elder, or other trusted support person can be present during or after the conversation, call or video chat to provide presence, prayer and support.  A wellness bundle will be offered to those individuals who share their stories and experiences as part of this work.

It is important for people to know that the reason for connecting and asking for their stories and experiences is to identify ways in which primary health care and other community services in the Kootenay Boundary region can be enhanced to be more culturally safe for Aboriginal people.  Your personal information is confidential and will not be attached to what you share.  The care that you receive will in no way be impacted by your participation in these conversations or by filling out the survey.

This work is supported by the Kootenay Boundary Aboriginal Services Collaborative.  The Collaborative has representatives of the Sinixt (Arrow Lakes), Syilx, Ktunaxa, Métis Nations along with the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS).