Weaving traditional wellness into our health services
The Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society puts First Nations Health into First Nations hands. SSHS provides N’Quatqua, Samahquam, Skatin and Xa’xtsa with a variety of Stl’atl’imx-enhanced shared health and wellness services.
Administration deals with the day-to-day operations of the organization to ensure that SSHS is a responsive, responsible, and efficient organization with well-managed programs. Additionally, this department manages fleet vehicles.
Early Childhood Development
ECD programming helps ensure success for SSHS’s youngest members. Through being loved, valued, and encouraged, children gain the courage, strength, and wisdom to use the power of a good mind and spirit in all that they do.
The Health Program provides basic primary health care to SSHS members from birth to the Elder years. SSHS, through its partnerships with the First Nations Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health, is able to provide a wide range of services to the communities.
Jordan’s Principle works to ensure that health and wellness services are available to First Nations’ children when they need them, not when funding is available. The principle is that financial jurisdiction should not get in the way of children’s wellbeing.
Men’s Health, through its member-driven Men’s Group, offers traditional activities, such cabin-building, hunting and fishing, that build skills and self-esteem.
Mental Wellness helps members overcome obstacles to good emotional and mental health including substance misuse. The program emphasizes prevention and education, and provides activities to promote good mental health.
Child & Family Services
Nxwezil̓tems Child and Family Services supports SSHS families throughout difficult parts of their journey, helping members navigate health systems, educational systems, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Útszan ti Smáwal̓a Sexual Assault Response Program
Útszan ti Smáwal̓a supports survivors of sexual assault on their journeys back to wholeness. The program serves people of all ages and genders, helping them navigate medical and legal systems as needed. The program can also connect survivors with Traditional Healers.