3 First Nations sue Ottawa to save Vancouver Island’s Inter Tribal Health Authority – CBC

B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority ended funding agreements with ITHA in January

Feb 04, 2019

Three First Nations chiefs in British Columbia have taken Canada to court to stop a celebrated First Nations health agency from wiping out a smaller counterpart serving 29 First Nations on Vancouver Island.

The lawsuit is the latest battle between the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), which took over health funding and service delivery from Health Canada in 2013, and the Inter Tribal Health Authority (ITHA).

The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 in Victoria by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations Chief Paddy Walkus, Tseycum Chief Tanya Jimmy and the ITHA against Canada and the FNHA. The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation has also joined the lawsuit.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/bc-fnha-lawsuit-itha-health-authority-1.5003119

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