Better at Home Aboriginal Engagement Strategy

Better at Home strives to ensure services are available to a diverse range of seniors and Elders in BC, and diversity requires us to think about cultural inclusion and safety. Recognizing the importance of self-determination and the value of self-governance, BH programs built on reserve empower communities to respond to the needs of their Elders, to develop and build internal capacity, and to provide opportunities to partner with external allies. Currently, BH serves Elders on reserve in the Cowichan Tribes, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Stolo Territory and the Gitxsan First Nation.

The Better at Home Aboriginal Engagement Strategy will develop an approach for delivering non-medical home supports to First Nations Elders in a way that work best for their unique circumstances, and in their own communities.  Using an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach and methodology, the strategy will be asking about the best experiences people have had within the Better at Home program, and to envision the best case scenario for the services they need.

Deliverables in the strategy include:

  • Voices of the Elders Project and Community Visits
  • Literature Review of Best/Promising Practices in FN/Aboriginal Elder Care
  • First Nations Cultural Humility Training Module
  • Better at Home On-Reserve Evaluation
  • OCAP Principled Evaluation

For more information about the Better at Home Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, please contact:

Jody Olsson
Community Impact Planner
jodyo@uwlm.ca