Health & Wellness
Yúustway exists to provide quality holistic care in a respectful, safe manner to ensure the health and wellness of all people by empowering our community and offering the tools for living in health from birth to end of life. Respect does not stop within Yúustway, but is a way to interact with the other departments, other associations, and the outside community at large.
Office and Mailing Address: Unit 9A, 380 Welch Street, West Vancouver, BC V7P 0A7
Director: Glenda Gibbon
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Name: Yúustway
“Yúustway” means to take care of one another/each other.
Programs & Services
Community Health & Wellness
The Community Health and Wellness division provides Members with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support and health services. These include conventional mental health & addictions counselling, community nursing and a doctor’s clinic, as well as traditional, alternative, and naturopathic healing and wellness. The division provides:
- Alternative Healing & Wellness Services
- Mental Health Intake Services
- Addiction Services
Our team provides coordination of various alternative healing and wellness services. Services include:
- Development of personal wellness plans
- Referral to alternative healing practitioners
- Coordination of various alternative healing and wellness activities in Squamish communities
Intake Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mental Health Intake Worker provides initial response, support and referral to short-term counselling in North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley. Services include short-term crisis counselling referral to individual/couples/group counselling and referrals to alternative healing and planning support in regards to mental health issues.
Our goal is to ensure client safety and fair and equitable access to various programs and services.
Intake Email: email@example.com
Our Addictions Counsellors provide services to Members in North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley. Services include:
- One-to-one counselling
- Support completing treatment assessment/referral/application forms
- Support coordinating travel to and from treatment
- Development of wellness plans including pre- and post-treatment care
- Prevention and awareness information
- Support and coordination of community-based services (such as talking circles)
Intake Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Benefits Advocacy & Promotion
The Health Benefits Advocacy & Promotion team provides advocacy and support to community members accessing health benefits programs and services administered through the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).
The team works to identify and build community specific health promotion and disease prevention programs and resources, provide advocacy and support to community members seeking to access health services, and advocate for national level policy change to improve overall health and access to funding for First Nations Peoples.
- Provision of health prevention and awareness
- Provision of contact and program information related to First Nations Health Authority Non-Insured Health Benefits
- Support to complete First Nations Health Authority forms and applications
- Advocacy and support to follow up on various applications to First Nations Health Authority
- Management and administration of the Squamish Nation Emergency Health Benefits Project
- Support and coordination of Medical Transportation funding as per First Nations Health Authority policy and procedures
- Support and referral to other health services related to the provincial government, Vancouver Coastal Health and other organizations
The SNEHB program is an annual proposal-driven program supported by the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). The Health Benefits Advocacy & Promotion team administers the distribution of funds to support health related goods and services not covered by First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Health Benefits Program or other extended health benefits. This includes administering the Medical Patient Transportation benefits on behalf of FNHA for our on-reserve population.
For more information or to complete intake, contact the Advocacy Officer or Administrative Coordinator.
From time-to-time Nation home owners request inspections of their homes for various reasons, including air quality, contaminants, pest control, water supply, solid and liquid waste disposal, general safety, structural concerns and overcrowding.
The Health Benefits Advocacy & Promotion team of Yúustway will receive requests for home inspection, coordinate home inspection with the FNHA Environmental Health Office (EHO), Community Operations and liaise with community members when formal reports have been received.
Water monitoring is a high priority to ensure safe drinking water for the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw communities.
Anyone who collects, tests, and ships water samples are trained from the FNHA Environmental Health Office on how to gather and test samples correctly. The designated water monitor will collect and test weekly water samples from rotating locations on-reserve. The designated water monitor will collect, package and send water samples to BC Centre for Disease Control center (BCCDC) on a monthly basis for further testing.
Home & Community Care
The Home & Community Care division assists clients with activities of daily life including personal care tasks and homemaking. The division also ensures that advanced medical/nursing care is provided by hospitals/long term care facilities as required. The goal of the division is to promote maximum independence and enhanced quality of life for care recipients by providing service that supplements and complements (but that does not replace) the care provided by families, friends and the community.
This dedicated team provides holistic personal care and homemaking services to on-reserve clients in their homes in Nation communities.
- Assessing and monitoring health status
- Foot care
- Light homemaking
The Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation Better at Home Program services Elders in both communities who are 65+ through United Way. The program assists with simple day-to-day tasks, thereby helping Elders maintain independence at home while staying connected with their community. Better At Home services are non-medical in nature and offer the following: light housekeeping, grocery shopping, light yard work, friendly visits, and transportation. Its unique “seniors planning for seniors” approach means Elders contribute to the design, operation and evaluation of the program.
For more information please visit betterathome.ca/better-home-program or contact the Better at Home Program Coordinator.
Kal’númet Primary Care Clinic
The Primary Care team includes Physicians, Naturopathic Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Community Health Nurses, Medical Office Assistant(s), and a Primary Care Manager. Physicians and Nurse Practitioners provide general medical care, assessments, physical examinations, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescribing, referral, health information, education, and advice. They can refer to traditional healers, massage therapists, reiki, and other alternative services.
Medical Office Assistants are able to book appointments and answer any non-clinical or non-medical queries including accessing information to pharmacy, dental and optometry supports. The team also has Public Health Nurses (PHN) providing community-based health services and information.
PHNs provide community-based health services and information/education, with the focus on disease prevention and health promotion.
- Pre- and post-natal education and care
- Child health clinics and immunization
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention and health information
- Pregnancy testing
- Contraception and information
- Flu vaccine clinics
- Communicable disease control (including TB skin tests and adult immunizations)
- Diabetes awareness and prevention
- School and childcare facilities support and education
- Advocacy, referrals and liaison services for community members and families.
Recreation (Chief Joe Mathias Centre)
Yúustway understands the valuable role leisure, sports and recreation play in enhancing the lives of Squamish Nation Members. The Recreation team strives to offer a variety of recreation programs and events that meet the needs and interests of our Members of all ages. All of the department’s activities are designed to benefit community members physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
- Sport, recreation, fitness, youth, and outdoor programming.
- Creating recreation opportunities through building relationships with other Bands, organizations, and sport bodies.
- Supporting community events that bring our community members together.
- Supporting the culture and language of the Squamish people through recreation.