‘What Do We Need to Be Well?’ A First Nation Provides Its Own Answer – TheTyee.ca

The Haíɫzaqv have built a stunning new health and wellness centre near Bella Bella.

Just a boat’s row away from Waglisla, or Bella Bella, lies the First Nations reserve of Kunsoot. Waglisla is itself a reserve and home to about 1,300 Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) people on the central coast of British Columbia. Kunsoot is a place where Haíɫzaqv families used to travel in summer to catch salmon and otherwise practice their culture.

Soon, the site will once again open to Haíɫzaqv families, only this time as a $2-million-plus health and wellness centre — conceived of, designed and built mostly by the Haíɫzaqv themselves.

Kunsoot rises 72 years after the World Health Organization adopted a constitution that said, in part, “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

“Health is a fundamental human right,” as WHO’s director general reaffirmed in a speech in 2017. “No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/06/10/What-First-Nation-Needs-To-Be-Well/

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