Indigenous Health Initiative Plan (IHIP)

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The Indigenous Health Initiative Program (IHIP) supports community-based projects in Indigenous communities by administering funds through the Indigenous Health Program of Island Health.

All funding is applied for through the request for proposals (RFP), which is mailed to First Nations, Metis Organizations and Friendship Centres on Vancouver Island. These IHIP funds may be accessed for projects that support the following six strategic themes:

  • Enhance relationships and collaboration
  • Enhance access and capacity
  • Strengthen Cultural Safety and Humility
  • Be innovative
  • Be accountable
  • Work with others to address the social determinants of health

2023/2024 Indigenous Health Initiative Request for Proposal submission is now closed and the next Request for Proposal will be for the 2024-2025 in the Fall of 2023. 

Final Project Reports are due by Monday, May 1.  

Please submit correspondence and mid/final reports to

IHIP Documents

Indigenous Health Initiative 2023-2024 Introduction Letter

Writing a Successful AHIP Project Proposal

IHIP Mid-Term Report 2021-2022 (Word document)

IHIP Final Report (Word document)

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