Indigenous Nurse Practitioners

Indigenous Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) deliver a range of health care services to First Nations individuals, families and communities.

Nurse Practitioners are nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to:

  • Diagnose and treat diseases, disorders and chronic conditions
  • Order diagnostic interventions, laboratory tests and medications
  • Manage medical conditions
  • Refer patients to specialists
  • Act as health advocates for Indigenous members

Working with the interdisciplinary teams and physicians in each community, Nurse Practitioners also assist with health promotion, illness prevention and treatment, health education, awareness, counselling and education to reduce some of the more chronic health concerns facing community members such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, addictions and mental health issues.

Nurse practitioners working in Indigenous health centres are mindful of cultural practices, approaches and traditional medicines that support holistic care and services.


Locations

South Island - Victoria 

We contract with the Victoria Cool Aid Society and work in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) to support and provide space for an Indigenous Doctor and Nurse Practitioners.  This is a free confidential service for Indigenous people who do not have a doctor.

The Nurse Practitioners here can provide specific advice on health concerns including:

  • Women's health 
  • Youth health 
  • Illness prevention
  • Heart disease
  • Addictions
  • Mental health and wellness 
  • Other health issues

Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC)
231 Regina Avenue 
Victoria, BC  V8Z-1J6

Françoise Juneau, Nurse Practitioner
Email: francoise.juneau@viha.ca

Danielle Linton, Nurse Practitioner
Email: danielle.linton@viha.ca

Regular Clinic Hours 

Mondays: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Tuesdays: 10:00 am to 4:30 
Fridays: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

To book an appointment, call 250-384-3211 or go to: www.vnfc.ca


South Island - Saanich
W’SÁNÉC First Nations

  • Pauquachin Band Office- North Saanich
  • Tsartlip Health Office- Brentwood Bay 
  • Tsawout Health Department- Saanichton
  • Tseycum Band Office- North Saanich

Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M-2C3
Fax: 778-351-0311

Tseycum First Nation
1210 Totem Lane
North Saanich, BC
V8L-5S4
Fax: 778-351-0311

Kelly Sharp, Nurse Practitioner
Email: kelly.sharp@viha.ca
For appointments contact: Pauline Thorne:  250-652-1149, Ext. 207

OR

Pauquhachin First Nation Band Office
9010 W Saanich Rd
North Saanich, BC
V8L-5W4
Fax: 250-652-8395

Tsartlip Health Centre
#3 Boatramp Rd
Brentwood Bay, BC
V8M-1N9
Fax: 250-652-8395

Katie Cox, Nurse Practitioner
Email: Katie.cox@viha.ca
For appointments contact:  Alena Peters: 250-652-4473 


Central Island 

  • Cowichan Tribes- Tw'ewultun Health Centre- Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic
  • Halalt Health Unit
  • Penelekut Health Centre

Cowichan Tribes - Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre - Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic 
5768 Allenby Rd
Duncan, BC  V9L-5J1
Phone: 250-715-3322
Cell: 250-510-4759
Fax: 250-715-3321 

Valerie Jefferd, Nurse Practitioner 
Email: vallerie.jefferd@viha.ca

Location & Hours

Tuesday - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Penelekut Health Centre
Phone: 250-246-9885
Fax: 250-246-4663

Wednesday - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Halalt Health Unit/ Lyackson
Phone: 250-246-2127
Fax: 250-246-8990

Thu - Fri - 8:30 am -6:30 pm
Cowichan Tribes - Ts’ewultun Health Centre - Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic
Phone: 250-715-3322
Fax: 250-715-3321


North Island - Mt. Waddington

  • Kwakiutl Health Centre
  • Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw Health Centre
  • Port Hardy Medical Clinic
  • Quatsino Health Centre

The nurse practitioner can provide a wide range of health services and support (including diagnosis and treatment) of:

  • Chronic diseases like COPD, diabetes, and high blood pressure
  • Elder's health
  • Women’s health
  • Prenatal care
  • Child and youth health
  • Mental health and wellness

Lisa Greer, Nurse Practitioner - Family
Phone: 250-230-1100
Fax: 250-902-6009 
Email: lisa.greer@viha.ca

Location & Hours

Monday   
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Port Hardy Primary Health Care Centre
Phone: 250-902-6008 
Fax: 250-902-6009

Tuesday  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Quatsino Health Centre 
Phone: 250-949-7161

Wednesday  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw Health Centre  
Phone: 250-949-8131

Thursday  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kwakiutl Health Centre  
Phone: 250-949-6625

General Information on Indigenous Nurse Practitioners

Referral Required?
Not required

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