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B.C. providing temporary housing in Prince George, easier access to healthcare facilities for Indigenous peoples

Location and number of units to be decided in coming months
The Northern Health Unit in Prince George near UHNBC. (via Hanna Petersen).

Indigenous peoples in Prince George will soon have better access to healthcare they need. 

The province announced today (Jan. 21) they have partnered with the First Nations Health Authority (FHNA) to help Indigenous peoples in the north be closer to the medical attention they need by providing temporary housing in Prince George and Fort St. John. 

"Many Indigenous communities in remote northern communities aren't located close to health care, and people may have to travel a long way to access health care, including women travelling to give birth," Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson said in a news release.

"This partnership will make it much easier and more affordable for FHNA clients to attend their medical appointments, especially for long-term medical stays."

The temporary housing will be reserved in existing BC Housing buildings that are close to medical centres in both communities.

The government adds more locations could possibly be added in the future. 

All clients that are in the units will also have access to FHNA's Medical Transporation Program, which helps moving people to and from their community. 

"We are all looking forward to supporting families to have healthy and supportive stays when travelling far from home to access health care," said Interim CEO of FNHA Richard Jock.

"The First Nations Health Authority is looking constantly for creative ways to address access to needed medical care in ways that are culturally relevant."

The government says in the next few months, exact locations and the number of units reserved for FHNA's use will be identified by both parties. 




Jess Fedigan

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