Cook’s Ferry Indian Band realizes the importance of the health and wellness of the community – and the importance to community members to maintain cultural and traditional ways of being healthy. The Nlaka’pamux Child and Family Services, based out of Lytton serving six Bands, oversees Nlaka’pamux children in care to help keep them connected to their families and culture.
Heskw’en’scutxe Health Services Society (HHSS) serves Cook’s Ferry and Siska Bands and provides health related programs to members living on-reserve. Through the use of traditional and modern medicines/methods, HHSS works to end people’s dependencies and empower individuals towards rebuilding healthy families. HHSS provides home visits and home care for elders.
During CCP Phase 1 community engagement, 59 percent of participants said that it is very important to them to be able to harvest, preserve and maintain knowledge of traditional foods.
Chief and Council want to ensure that information regarding the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is available to membership. More and more the health services provided to First Nations are being cut back. It is important that our membership is aware of what is available to them with this ever changing service. For more information about the health and wellness services provided through FNHA, click here [provide link to FNHA].
In summary, Cook’s Ferry health and wellness initiatives include:
- Currently a member of Heskw'en'scutxe Health Services Society which serves individuals on reserve
- Member of Nlaka'pamux Child & Family Services
- Member of Han Knakst Tsitxw Society
Ceweta Seeds (wild celery)
Skupen (bitter root)