143,000 First Nations to switch to tailored B.C. Pharmacare plan

Status First Nations people in B.C. will begin health coverage under a tailored version of the provincial pharmacare system on Sunday, marking the first time a province takes over health care coverage for that group. Since 1979, First Nations people in B.C. have been covered under Canada Health’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program, which provides coverage for prescription medications, dental and medical supplies. The FNHA version of Pharmacare, called

Hepatitis C documentary sheds light on best practices

VANCOUVER – To launch National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Month in May, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is proud to release, Promising Practices in Timiskaming First Nation, the second film in a series of documentaries which showcase community-led initiatives and the power of storytelling to improve health outcomes. This time the camera lens focuses on tackling Hepatitis C with culturally appropriate practices as Indigenous People in Canada are

Northern Health seeks to boost HIV, hepatitis C services

Northern Health is seeking proposals from community partners and First Nations health organizations to help enhance HIV and hepatitis C services in communities across Northern B.C. The health authority is committing $180,000 towards successful community-based projects. It’s looking for proposals that will prevent and reduce the risk of HIV and hepatitis C transmission, demonstrate partnerships that will enable quick and easy-to-access testing, and that wi

A better liver through chemistry: Pauktuutit takes aim at hepatitis C

National Inuit women's association develops partnerships, continues awareness campaign on viral infection Though it’s current prevalence within the Inuit population is still unclear, Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s association, wants to ensure that Inuit understand the risks posed by hepatitis C and how to protect themselves from it. To that end, Pauktuutit teamed up with their long-time partner, the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network, for an awar

First Nations communities complete hepatitis C training

Health staff from First Nations communities in the Cariboo Chilcotin have completed a basic training course to help educate community members about hepatitis C. Last Friday the staff, elders, doctors and presenters gathered for a workshop about the course at the Ramada Inn Convention Centre. “They’ve gone through the course to raise the general awareness level of Hep C knowledge,” said Dr. Alexandra King who travels to Williams Lake regularly to see he

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit

Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Aboriginal Communities of BC British Columbia's Aboriginal communities (both rural and urban) are at particular risk of viral hepatitis (B and C) for a variety of reasons, including a common practice of shared vaccination needles a few decades back, frequent "top-up" transfusions following childbirth, various Residential school practices, endemic hepatitis B in the far north, distrust of confidentiality in small local health

Pamphlets & Posters

Our pamphlets and posters about hepatitis B and C are aimed at various communities: General population and baby boomers Newcomer/immigrant communities (translations available) Aboriginal/northern/remote communities Prison and former prisoner communities IVDU and MSM communities All of the publications on this page can be downloaded (PDFs).  Click on the Thumbnails below to access the printable, high-resolution versions. All posters are

Dr. Evan Adams Gets Tested for Hepatitis C

FIRST NATIONS LEADER URGES BABY BOOMERS TO GET TESTED FOR HCVWhile standing behind Dr. Evan Adams (Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority) in a lunch line May 5th at the Gathering Wisdom Health Fair, HepCBC's President, Rosemary Plummer, decided to ask Dr. Adams if he would be willing to be publicly tested for hepatitis C. He surprised her with an enthusiastic "SURE!" And on July 10th he made good on that promise, even filming a "World