Honouring Community

The Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, unceded and unoccupied territory of the henqeminem speaking xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. The Centre would like to take this space to thank our elders, partners and those who have come before us in our community as their knowledge of traditions and practices have been the foundations and pillars for the Center of Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH).

After an extensive one-year consultation process with Aboriginal communities, the First Nations Health Authority, educational partners, government and non-profit groups, the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health was formally established at UBC on January 1st, 2014.

The Centre is a single coordinating point for Indigenous health initiatives within UBC and acts as a contact for communities and organizations external to UBC. The Centre is dedicated to advancing Indigenous people’s health through education, innovative thinking, research, and traditional practice. It will work to improve wellness, health care and patient outcomes, and promote self-determination that includes increasing Indigenous leadership in all aspects of health and health care.