Vancouver Native Health Society was established in 1991 to address the lack of healthcare for urban Indigenous people in Greater Vancouver, with a mission to improve and sustain the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of individuals. The philosophy of VNHS is founded on an Indigenous understanding of the deep connection between individual well-being and community.
Today, VNHS is delivering comprehensive medical, counseling and social services to meet the needs of a client base struggling with overlapping social challenges and con-current health issues such as substance abuse, mental health, chronic disease, homelessness and poverty.
Why Are We Here?
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides the foundation to change the framework of our health care system and the nature of Indigenous health service delivery.
We have nationally and internationally recognized rights to self-determination in health and governance and the right to strengthen our distinct social and cultural institutions – yet these continue to be systematically denied.
This conference is our opportunity for the creation of an Indigenous solution to the health crisis facing our people.
The time is right for radical solutions to create a paradigm shift in Indigenous healthcare systems in Canada.
We know that we continue to experience poorer health-outcomes than non-Indigenous people and that health-outcomes are intrinsically tied to social determinants of health. We know Indigenous health services are underfunded in Canada – particularly in urban areas and we know that more and more of our people are moving to cities.
To address these multi-faceted challenges, we need to hear from a cross-section of individuals and organizations, from local to international, involved in any aspect of Indigenous health and wellness. If you are committed to leadership in systems change for Indigenous health and wellness, this is your chance to energize our movement with people who share that dedication.
Vancouver Native Health Society invites you to join us at our first National Indigenous Health Conference on October 15th, 16th and 17th, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for an opportunity to generate revolutionary change in Indigenous healthcare and establish a cohesive national strategy for its realization.
We acknowledge with gratitude that our event takes place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
The National Indigenous Health Conference will be highly participatory and collaborative. The goal is to have energy and ideas moving from the ground up to ensure that the work is informed by those closest to the issues we seek to address with radical change to the healthcare Indigenous people are able to access.