Health & Wellness

Crisis Lines & Support Resources  
Native Youth Crisis Hotline 1-877-209-1266
KUU-US Crisis Lines:
Adult Crisis Line: 250-723-4050
Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040
BC wide: 1-800-588-8717

Urban Indigenous Wellness Report: A BC Friendship Centre Perspective
Click here to read the report

In 2019-2020, the BCAAFC embarked on a mission to identify needs, priorities, gaps, promising practices, and recommendations related to the health and wellness of urban Indigenous peoples in BC. This work is a response to the pressing mental health and substance use issues – notably the opioid crisis BC has been facing since 2016 – that disproportionately affects Indigenous peoples living off-reserve and in urban areas.
The Urban Indigenous Wellness Report, informed by the collective experience and expertise of individuals within the BC Friendship Centre movement, lays the foundation and necessary groundwork for how we achieve transformational change that contributes to healthy and thriving Indigenous communities. In order to improve health outcomes of urban Indigenous peoples, it requires all partners and stakeholders to come to the table and work together.

Youth & COVID-19 (First Nations Health Authority)

  • Get Centred
  • Get Fit
  • Get Perspective
  • Get Rooted in Culture
  • Get Skills

Disability Resources

BC Aboriginal Network for Disabilities Society (BCANDS):
Disability services, Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS) program, health resources, support and information.
Indigenous Bridging the Gap Program (BC Wheelchair Sports)
Find support resources and access the equipment loan program.

Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC)
  • Community Sport Development
  • Performance Sport Programs
  • Healthy Living Activities
  • Grants & Recognition
  • Events

2SLGBTQQIA Resources (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual)

Trans Care BC: Local groups and initiatives, books, online resources, films and academic articles.

Cancer Care

BC Cancer: Improving cancer control for Indigenous people
Improving Indigenous Cancer Journeys in BC: A Road Map (2017)

Respecting Tobacco

Tobacco Timeout Challenge: Annual Challenge!
On February 2, quit commercial tobacco for 24 hours with hundreds of other people across BC. Enter online for the chance to win a prize for participating.

Counselling for MMIWG Impacted Individuals

Free counselling services in BC are available to survivors, family members and individuals affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. People of all genders are encouraged to connect to this counselling. Individuals do not need to have status and can live on or off reserve.
This counselling program is administered by FNHA through the Health Benefits team, and counselling is offered by providers who are registered with FNHA’s Mental Health Provider List. This list is updated regularly:
Individuals who would like to access counselling are encouraged to connect directly with a mental health provider from the above list to schedule an appointment. The provider directly bills FNHA, so there is no upfront cost to the individual to access counselling.
For more information about this program, visit:
Please feel welcome to contact the First Nations Health Benefits team with any questions that you might have at 1-877-477-0775.

Mental Wellness & Preventing Substance Abuse

A Path Forward: BC First Nations and Aboriginal People’s Mental Wellness and Substance Use Ten Year Plan (2013): Released by FNHA, BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, and the Métis Nation of BC to transform systems and improve their capacity to better meet the needs of First Nations and Aboriginal people.
First Nations Treatment Centres in BC: Haisla, Armstrong, Vanderhoof, Port Alberni, Alert Bay, Williams Lake, Dawson Creek, Lantzville, Agassiz, Kitwanga.

Suicide Awareness

Suicide is a leading cause of death among First Nation, Inuit, and Métis youth in Canada (BMC Public Health, 2018).
Indigenous Suicide Prevention Toolkit: Suicide awareness resource toolkit (Centre for Suicide Prevention, 2013).
Hope, Help and Healing: A planning toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal communities to prevent and respond to suicide (First Nations Health Authority, 2015).
Together to Live: A toolkit for addressing youth suicide in your community.