Thursday, September 18, 2014
Text Size

Funding helps equip and train nurse practitioners

by Tamara Cunningham - Nanaimo News Bulletin

A funding injection from the First Nations Health Authority will help equip and train nurse practitioners, according to Island Health.


The First Nations Health Authority, in charge of administering federal health programs and services for First Nations in B.C., has given Island Health $145,000 to support hiring nurse practitioners and the start-up of their practices. Dollars could help provide examination tables, clinical and diagnostic equipment.

According to Ian Knipe, Island Health's director of aboriginal health, both organizations see the need to prioritize access to primary care for First Nations people, who can be challenged to get to services because of geographical barriers or past experiences. The overall goal is to boost the number of nurse practitioners on Vancouver Island, who can provide primary care to FIrst Nation communities, like diagnosis of disease, medication prescriptions and specialist referrals. But Knipe said the latest funding will be focused more on providing resources for the health professionals.

“It will not increase the number of nurse practitioners, but it will give them the additional equipment and resources to provide services and part of the funds will be going to support the nurse practitioners to take cultural safety training,” he said.

While Snaw-Naw-As First Nation Chief David Bob is waiting to see how the funding is administered, he says expanding and supporting nurse practitioners is good, especially for rural and isolated areas. He is also interested in seeing one of the health professionals at his community's new health centre. People on the reserve can already access a community health nurse, mental health services and maternal and wellness programs. A nurse practitioner would make it easier for people to get services and save them from having to travel to their physicians, according to Bob, who says one of the community's main issues is transportation. He is currently in talks with Oceanside Health Centre about enhancing services.

A representative from the First Nations Health Authority was unavailable for comment before press time.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Education & Training

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


First Nations Cultural Interpreter PM – 02 Riding Mountain National Park Seasonal Indeterminate

(May to October) From $54,543 to $58,764

Closing Sept. 19, 2014

Read More

Regional Media Officer– Temp (Until Nov 2015) –F/T Position

Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition / NDP Research Office

Location:131 Queen Street, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON


Communicate regularly with regional media outlets (community newspapers, radio stations, student media, ethnic media, etc.) to propose ideas for interviews and opinion content Read more...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Workforce Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlights initiatives to improve the workforce participation of Aboriginal peoples. 

Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce (December 2013)  

click image to download report

Tue Sep 23 @ 3:00PM - 04:15PM
FNHMA National Conference 2014
Sun Oct 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
INIHKD & Manitoba NEAHR Conference 2014


September 2014
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday


Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins