Sometimes, it seems like the health department is the quietest place at Carrier Sekani Family Services. That's because many of our fifty staff are out of the office! They are on the road, working hard to bring health care to our member nations.
Some of those nations are close to small towns like Vanderhoof or Burns Lake. Others are far from the highway; rough logging roads or ferries are the only way in. No matter how close or how distant the community, our health workers are there providing these services:
- Travelling Nurses - at least once a week, our nurses can be seen at any one of our ten Carrier health centres or resource centres. They care for sick people, talk about health, and prevent illness.
- Home Nursing Care - every day, our care aids visit sick or disabled Carrier people in their homes. They help with tasks like eating and bathing.
- Travelling Diabetes Clinic - all year long, this mobile clinic visits First Nations in Northern BC. It offers health check-ups, vision testing, and testing for people with diabetes.
- Mental Health Care - every week, our trained therapists support 8 of our member nations. They support healing from things like grief, worry, stress, or anger and show ways to build up self-esteem.
- HIV & AIDS Awareness - all year long, this team works to slow the spread of HIV and AIDS among aboriginals. They teach how it spreads and talk about ways to prevent it. This team also meets with communities to plan ways to slow the spread of HIV / AIDS.
- Addiction Recovery - in the summer, Ormond Lake Healing Camp helps people who want to leave addiction behind. In the winter, our staff visit communities and provide workshops about additions, suicide, residential school syndrome, and more.
- In-Hospital Support - every week, our patient liaison meets with First Nations patients staying at the hospital in Prince George. She makes their stay less stressful by helping them with services they may need.
- Child Enrichment - all year long, our child workers visit daycares, schools, and homes to see which kids need extra help. They offer programs that boost learning and growth.
- Medical Travel Benefits - every day, our clerks arrange medical travel for First Nations going to out-of-town doctor's appointments. These benefits help pay for hotels, transport, and food.
Carrier Sekani Family Services is proud to offer health care that is a blend of western and traditional medicine. We look forward to the day when we can replace all of BC's health programs that our people currently use with our very own, built on Carrier wisdom and culture.