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A Path Forward: BC First Nations and Aboriginal People's Mental Wellness and Substance Use Ten Year Plan

First Nations Health Authority; Ministry of Health Canada; Government of British Columbia Country Resources Mental Health Strategies and Plans, Substance Abuse Strategies and Plans British Columbia 2013 Policy document mental health care, mental health promotion, mental health system, substance use

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The First Nations Health Authority, BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, and Metis Nation of BC are pleased to announce the release of A Path Forward: BC First Nations and Aboriginal People's Mental Wellness and Substance Use Ten Year Plan.

This approach is the first of its kind designed in the province of BC to transform systems and improve capacity to better meet the needs of First Nations and Aboriginal infants, children, youth, adults and Elders. It was developed to address the need for a concentrated and coordinated effort in mobilizing resources, policy development, and the use of best practices to ensure First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC are served by effective, efficient, and empathic systems that honour the diversity of their customs, values, and beliefs.

This community-driven information provides a vision, guiding values, goals, and principles to support strategic directions and offers actions to guide planners over the next ten years. It aims to complement existing and enable new actions within mental wellness and substance use initiatives that are already functioning as 'promising practices' within each respective region, First Nation, Aboriginal community or health authority.


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