PRE-FORUM FIELD TRIP: Ushering in a New Age of Culturally Safe & Integrated Primary Care

Tuesday, February 25
0900 – 1600

In-Province: $175 +GST | Out-of-Province: $250 +GST | Full-Time Student: $125 +GST

A Visit to Lu’ma Medical Centre
In partnership with First Nations Health Authority & Lu’ma Native Housing Society

British Columbia is pursuing new models of care delivery to better support the health and wellness goals of the people we serve now and into the future. The development of an integrated system of primary and community care through Primary Care Networks (PCNs) offers an innovative approach to delivering care aimed at advancing the quality of services. Within the PCN context, there are numerous models of care delivery, including First Nations-led Primary Care Centres (FNPCC). These centres provide a vital means for translating reconciliation into action and advancing cultural safety and humility throughout the province. Join us for a special opportunity to learn from one shining example of First Nations-led primary care. The day will involve a tour of the Lu’ma Medical Centre – a one-stop, integrated support for Indigenous people and families that is part of a primary care network serving the urban Vancouver community – and a deep dive into the strategies and partnerships at the root of its development and ongoing operations.


The objectives of this pre-Forum field trip are for participants to:

  • Deepen their knowledge of colonial histories and current realities of Indigenous peoples;
  • Consider how they may apply the principles highlighted through the experience of Lu’ma Medical Centre within their own primary care setting; and
  • Create connections and build relationships with others committed to understanding and advancing culturally safe and accessible care.

Lu’ma Medical Centre provides integrated primary health care that is culturally safe and accessible for individuals and families. It offers the conditions that urban Indigenous peoples need to improve their health and wellness. An interconnected team of medical practitioners, Elders and traditional healers, counsellors, social navigators and administrators contribute to a holistic healing journey. The medical centre is a part of the Lu’ma Native Housing Society which provides a broad range of services that improve social determinants of health for Indigenous people living in the Vancouver area.