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Participant, Indigenous Inclusion Working Group

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Open to Patient partners across the province located in Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island Health Regions

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First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) are looking for Indigenous feedback on the Patient Voices Network (PVN) sign up process and revised International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of Engagement. If you live in Fraser, Vancouver Coastal or Vancouver Island communities, self identify as Indigenous and are interested in helping us make sure this is culturally safe, please read on.

Open to: Patient partners across the province located in Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island Health Regions

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC), in partnership with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)


• To demonstrate authentic engagement in developing enhancements to the PVN process that ensures our processes and services are accessible and safe for Indigenous patient partners to share their experiences. • Patient partners will review current tools and practices, reflecting on relevancy and safety. You may also be asked to share your own experience in connecting with PVN and engagements you have participated in.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations. BCPSQC has established a decision-making process that supports the on-going work of PVN. You can find it here.


• Fraser, Vancouver and Vancouver Island communities • Lived experience as an Indigenous person interacting with the health care system and currently a PVN Patient Partner • Interest in improving and strengthening Indigenous participation across the Network • Access to a computer and reliable internet connection is an asset Please note: Patient partners might be asked to review the sign-up process and documents outside of meeting hours


• Vacancies: 3 • Date and time: Two-hour meetings monthly for three months • Location: Teleconference, webinar • Commitment: one week to six months


No expenses are anticipated.


BCPSQC Patient and Public Engagement team staff members administer the Patient Voices Network. BCPSQCC and FNHA have partnered to enhance the availability and participation of Indigenous perspectives in the PVN. A key step in this process is to ensure PVN is inviting these perspectives in respectful ways and offering culturally safe opportunities. It's important to hear and work with existing Indigenous PVN members as part of an overall reflection prior to a broader promotion of PVN.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region

From Our Community

Pamela Jessen

Patient Partner, Langford

Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!