The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) are excited to invite Angela Paul, Executive Director for the Sts’ailes Community Care Campus (SCCC), to talk about how this Indigenous-led health centre in the Fraser Valley, will incorporate Indigenous teachings and medicine while restoring and recognizing traditional wellness practices from before colonization.
The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) have prioritized partnering with Indigenous communities and is committed to walking with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples on our collective journey to ensure Indigenous patients have access to culturally safe health care in BC.
In an effort to align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and British Columbia’s In Plain Sight Report, we ground our journey in the meaningful relationships with continue to build with Indigenous communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, the Ministry of Health, and the First Nation Health Authority and BC’s other health authorities.
There is no simple fix for the systemic racism that exists in health care but we are committed to adopting a process of constant learning, educating, and evolving.
Angela Paul (formerly George) carries the ancestral name, qʷənat. Angela’s late mother is from Sḵwxwú7mesh and her late father is from Sts’ailes. Angela is the proud mother of 5 children and grandmother of 3, heavily engaged in the Sts’ailes and larger Coast Salish community on many levels. Angela is the Executive Director for the Sts’ailes Community Care Campus (SCCC), a First Nations-led Primary Health Care Clinic in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. She has an extensive background in First Nations social and cultural development, community engagement, education and health planning, program development and implementation.
This Coast Salish weaver has dedicated her career to the betterment of First Nations people and communities. Traditionally groomed, she has a strong understanding of her culture and spiritual teachings and the impacts of colonization and barriers that plague First Nations communities. She has a strong passion for traditional canoe racing, weaving and cultural singing and dancing and believes that reviving and practicing traditions and having a strong sense of identity and connection to our ancestors is vital to community wellness, development and sustainability.
Angela is working on her PhD in Arts Education and has completed her MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership at SFU. She designed and created a 10’ Weaving Governance panel for her final MBA Capstone Project, researching traditional laws of the land, to help re-instate the value of Coast Salish weavings as Holders of Knowledge and living and guiding documents. Angela is humbled by the gift of traditional weaving—she holds this connection to her late mother and Sḵwxwú7mesh ancestry and Sts’ailes and Coast Salish connections dearly and carries the gift of weaving with integrity and responsibility to share in a way that helps to create awareness, stewardship and harmony within our communities. Angela is now Weaving Wellness, championing the SCCC initiative to transform health by weaving together the best of traditional and western health and wellness methods.