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

2024-2025 Request for Proposals is Open and Due by November 3 2023.

Mid-term reports are due by November 1 2023. 

Final project reports are due by May 1 2024.

Please submit correspondence and mid/final reports to

IHIP Documents

Indigenous Health Initiative 2024-2025 Introduction Letter

Indigenous Health Initiative request for proposal (RFP) template

Writing a Successful AHIP Project Proposal

IHIP Mid-Term Report 

IHIP Final Report

News & Events

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Island Health introducing voluntary Indigenous self-identification program at all care facilities

As part of our commitment to providing safe, culturally appropriate care that is free of racism and discrimination for all patients, Island Health is implementing a voluntary Indigenous-self identification program (ISI) at all care facilities where patients are registered to receive services.

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Celebrating Island Health’s Indigenous Nurses

On April 10, Island Health is delighted to be celebrating BC Indigenous Nurses Day, in honour of Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, the first Indigenous person in Canada to become a registered nurse.

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Resilience and safety grant recipients

People and organizations in communities across the Island Health region will benefit from almost $1.2 million awarded through 29 resilience and safety grants.  

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