The NCCAH is making significant strides in support of a renewed public health system that is inclusive and respectful of diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Our collaborations in knowledge sharing extend beyond traditional boundaries – institutional, jurisdictional, geographical and professional – to address the multi-faceted and structural issues underpinning Aboriginal health. We continue to strengthen the links between evidence, knowledge, practice and policy in support of the public health goals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Established in 2005 by the Government of Canada, and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada, the NCCAH is one of six centres in the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health program, each focusing on a different aspect of public health. Together, the centres help improve response to chronic disease and injury, infectious diseases, environmental health and health disparities.
Our Host: University of Northern British Columbia
When the National Collaborating Centre program was first initiated in 2005, the University of Northern B.C.
in Prince George, British Columbia, offered to host the Centre as part
of its dedication to First Nations and Aboriginal programming. The
university serves a region rich in cultural diversity, including 17
First Nations groups with more than 27 distinct languages and dialects.
Looking to the Future
UNBC brings a strong focus to research relevant to people living in
rural and northern communities, to Aboriginal peoples, and to the
determinants of health. For its part, the NCCAH has drawn funding to the
university from multiple sources to support a variety of Aboriginal
health initiatives. These include the province-wide, multi-year health
promotion strategy, Aboriginal ActNow B.C., and the national First Nations Environmental Health Innovation Network (FNEHIN), linking First
Nations communities and researchers.
The NCCAH is building upon a strong foundation in its key program areas of the social determinants of Aboriginal health, and child and youth health. Our innovative partnerships have helped garner national and international public attention for Aboriginal child health issues, facilitated Indigenous voice in global initiatives on a social determinants approach to health, and ensured broad reach among medical professionals, educators, communities and a wide variety of organizations. As we look ahead, we are responding to new and emerging priorities, with a growing emphasis on Aboriginal environmental health issues of significant concern to communities.
Our community-centered, holistic and strength-based approaches to health are critical to upholding the credibility the Centre has established with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, with the public health system, among educational institutions, with government stakeholders and more. The NCCAH is committed to moving the agenda forward in support of the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.