The purpose of this framework document is to act as a resource and guide to assist with the planning and implementation of diversity-related policies, procedures and initiatives within the Vancouver/Richmond health region.
This document is intended to provide regional stakeholders with an overview of the concepts and strategies that inform this work, and to facilitate the communication and exchange of information that is vital to the success of stakeholder planning processes.
Handbook covers: Basic information and demographic data on the Aboriginal people of B.C. ; A description of curent health status and critical health problems facing the Aboriginal people of B.C. ; An overview of the history that has produced the burden of ill health among Aboriginal people ; A description of the historic and current roles and responsibilities of federal, provincial and Aboriginal health agencies ; Consideration of treaty making and self-government initiatives and their implications for health authorities ; An exploration of visions, models and concepts ; Questions and factors to be considered in the development of strategies for change to close the gaps in health status between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal British Columbians.