Free Seminar — First Nations Health Sovereignty

Honouring First Nations Health Service Sovereignty

A Free Seminar on Engagement, Facilitation and Planning Skills for Health System Change Leaders

Calling healthcare professionals and administrators!

UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and BC's First Nations Health Authority are offering a free 6-hour online seminar to enhance your planning and facilitation skills to better support respectful and safe engagement with Indigenous communities and Nations involved in primary care service design and delivery.

Seminar event date (via Zoom): 
Thursday May 26th from 9:00am - 12:00pm and Friday May 27th from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Please note you need to be available for both days. 

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In this seminar you'll gain:

  • Knowledge of the current and future state of the primary health care system in BC, with a focus on First Nations led health care initiatives
  • Applied learning about culturally safe engagement and partnership development practices that honour First Nations sovereignty over health services as well as Nation-specific ways of knowing and being
  • Applied skills to help plan and design effective primary care service and network planning workshops and facilitate complex multi-partner dialogue and deliberation
  • Applied skills in co-developing protocol agreements (e.g. Memorandum of Collaboration and Shared Protocols) to define how physicians and other regulated health professionals will work with First Nations to facilitate mutual respect, cultural safety, and a commitment to uphold First Nations health sovereignty and decision making in health and wellness transformation work

This event will take place via Zoom, across two dates. Please note you need to attend both days. 


  • Thursday May 26th from 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • and Friday May 27th from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Intended Learners

This seminar will primarily be relevant for non-Indigenous practicing physicians and nurse practitioners, medical trainees, recent medical graduates, health administrators and other health authority leadership working in communities and engaged in primary care service design and delivery with First Nations communities. However, Indigenous practitioners are welcome.


Pre-readings/recordings will be assigned to foster shared understanding and language among participants before the seminar. Participants will need 1-2 hours outside of the seminar hours between the Thursday May 26th session and the Friday May 27th session to work on their deliverables. 

We ask that participants come with an understanding of the consequences of the past and ongoing colonization of Indigenous people in Canada, particularly as it relates to the Canadian health care system. Previous cultural safety training is also an asset. 


The seminar development team is committed to making this event as accessible as possible. We invite you to read our accessibility statement to see what we are doing to proactively support your participation and to share any additional needs via the registration survey. If you require ASL interpretation please let Melissa know via email at by Thursday May 12th. 

The seminar will be hosted by Jessie Hemphill, Senior Planner and Partner at Alderhill Planning and Assistant Professor of Teaching at the School of Community and Regional Planning. The seminar was designed and is being delivered through a strong partnership between the First Nations Health Authority, UBC Faculty of Medicine and UBC School of Community and Regional Planning.

"The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Primary Care Department is thrilled to partner with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and School of Community and Regional Planning to offer this skill-building seminar for health care professionals and administrators. Participants will learn and build trauma-informed engagement, facilitation and planning skills through this online seminar. The aim of the course is to promote respectful, meaningful and safe engagement with Indigenous people, communities, and Nations involved in primary care service design and delivery across the province. We encourage health care professionals who are committed to Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act to sign up for this transformative seminar opportunity.”

~ Richard Jock, FNHA CEO, and Colleen Erickson, FNHA Board Chair

We look forward to sharing this space of learning and skill-building with you!

Questions? Please email Melissa at

Secure your spot by registering today!

Thursday, May 26, 2022