The FNHA Releases Paddling Together, the 2024/25 Summary Service Plan

Press Release

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is pleased to share the 2024/2025 Summary Service Plan: Paddling Together: First Nations Health Authority Health and Wellness Plan, which will map the next phase of our shared journey towards our collective vision of “Healthy, Self-Determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities.”

How we refreshed our Plan

The Plan builds on what the FNHA learned and heard through engagements with First Nations across British Columbia (BC) and through ongoing review of priorities, including community and regional health and wellness plans and evaluation findings. The Plan refresh also took into account new and emerging trends impacting health and wellness services, First Nations health outcomes and the FNHA’s operating environment.

Recent years were marked by two significant public health emergencies: the toxic drug crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, both of which continue to have far-reaching effects on the health and wellness of First Nations in BC. We are also now transitioning to support communities to living with endemic COVID-19. There are heightened and likely long-term challenges related to changing climate conditions, including floods, wildfires and extreme temperatures. Systemic Indigenous-specific racism in health care is ongoing, amplifying the importance of addressing the root causes of trauma through healing.

Grounded in its 7 Directives and Shared Values and guided by its Shared Vision, the Plan contains five goals:

  1. Drive transformation through the BC First Nations Health Governance Structure and partnerships
  2. Enhance access to quality health and wellness services
  3. Enhance culturally safe mental health and wellness approaches
  4. Advance First Nations approaches to addressing anti-Indigenous racism in health
  5. Drive health and wellness innovation together with First Nations and other partners

These goals are tied to each FNHA Region’s health and wellness plans. The Plan also contains strategies which outline the work to be carried out in each of our goal areas and performance measures to monitor our Plan’s performance.

To direct our future work, the FNHA is also informed by five guideposts that keep us grounded as we work to implement our Plan:

  • First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness
  • Quality
  • Culture and Decolonization
  • Urban and Away from Home
  • Innovation

Learn more

To learn more about Paddling Together, please visit the FNHA Multi-Year Health Plan Webpage. If you have any questions, email Planningandperformance​​


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