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

Sep. 19, 2018

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

Signing from IHA was, 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 Dr. Trevor Corneil, Vice President of Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer. In this role, he provides leadership in the areas of public health, health promotion and prevention, health protection, and IHA’s Aboriginal Health strategy.

Signing on behalf of MNBC was President Clara Morin-Dal Col, Métis National Council- Minister for Health and Métis Nation British Columbia President, and witnessed by Susie Hooper Minister of Health with MNBC.

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 Métis Chartered communities with Interior Health Authority:

  • 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 LOU between Métis Nation British Columbia and the Interior Health Authority is the longest standing letter of Understanding 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 planning and decision making processes that affect health and wellness of Métis peoples within the Health Authority

A primary focus of the LOU is to acknowledge Métis heritage, create common goal in health practices, and partnership in improved 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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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.


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