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Health Development Project Initiatives

Non Insured Health Benefits for Non-status

Non-status income assistance recipient’s resident on-reserve with Medical Service Plan (MSP) and Fair PharmaCare coverage may be eligible for the health benefits that are outlined in Chapter 10, Non-Status Health Benefits of the Social Development Policy and Procedure Manual. 

For more information on MSP or Fair Pharmacare, visit the Health Insurance BC web site at or call toll free at 1-800-663-7100.

Status Indians receive health benefits through the Medical Services Branch of Health Canada.  These benefits include dental care, prescriptions, glasses, medical supplies and more.  For more information, visit the Health Canada web site at or call 1-800-317-7878.

National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program

Provides Prevention, Intervention and After Care and Follow-up services to both on and off reserve Members and on-reserve community members.

The purpose is to support the First Nations to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other substance abuse.  Furthermore, the NNADAP program is intended to increase awareness and understanding concerning alcohol, substance abuse and alternative healthier lifestyles, for example traditional family values, and individual and family wellness values.

Intervention strategies provide assessments and referrals to treatment centres and the preparation of clients for entry into residential treatment, or other rehabilitation treatment programs. Strategies also include the provision of short-term counseling in crisis situations and out-patient counseling services.

After care and follow-up services also provide support to clients returning home to their community from a treatment centre.  These services ensure that clients maintain a connection to treatment centres and receive ongoing client care.

  • Clerical/Administration—Management and Support
  • Non-Insured Health Benefits/Medical Transport
  • CHR/Nurse

Home and Community Care

The objectives for the First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program are:

  • To build the capacity within First Nations and Inuit to develop and deliver comprehensive, culturally sensitive, accessible and effective home care services at a pace acceptable to the community.
  • To assist First Nations and Inuit living with chronic and acute illness in maintaining optimum health, well-being and independence in their homes and communities.
  • To facilitate the effective use of home care resources through a structured, culturally defined and sensitive assessment process to determine service needs of clients and the development of a care plan.
  • To ensure that all clients, with an assessed need for home care services, have access to a comprehensive continuum of services within the community, where possible.
  • To assist clients and their families in participating in the development and implementation of the client’s care plan to the fullest extent and to utilize available community support services where available and appropriate in the care of clients.

Health Protection and Public Health  

Health Canada works with the Province and First Nations communities to support a public Health system on reserve that includes basic services such as: infectious disease control and surveillance; prenatal education; immunization; environmental health services (drinking water testing, health inspections, etc.).

Communicable Disease Control

  • Includes TB control to support Health care workers and communities in the prevention and control of TB infections at the community level, by supporting awareness activities, and promoting understanding of TB.

  • Includes education and support regarding:
    • Blood borne diseases and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS
    • 4 Women recently trained to educate Women/Girls through Cheemamuk-B.C. Centre for Disease Control
  • Includes Vaccine Preventable Diseases-Immunization

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

The goal of the ADI is to reduce type 2 diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting health promotion and primary activities and services delivered by trained community diabetes workers and health service providers.

The objectives of ADI include:

  • Creating supportive environments and increasing the practice of healthy behaviors through improved access to healthy food and promotion of healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy body weights;
  • Increasing awareness of diabetes, diabetes risk factors and complications, and approaches to prevent diabetes and associated complications among all Aboriginal people;
  • Increasing the early detection and screening for complications of diabetes in First Nations and Inuit communities;
  • Increasing community ownership of diabetes programs and capacity to prevent, delay and manage diabetes;
  • Increasing knowledge development and information sharing to inform community-led, evidence-based activities in Aboriginal communities; and
  • Developing partnerships to maximize the reach and impact of primary prevention and health promotion activities