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Syilx health and well-being in palliative care Alexis, Carmella


This thesis examines stories shared by Syilx community members in accessing primary healthcare and palliative care within rural and remote hospital systems in the North Okanagan. This thesis reviews the literature on Aboriginal palliative care delivery in addition to analyzing individual interviews with Syilx community members and review of traditional Syilx story. The purpose of examining these stories is to identify gaps within current systems of care that Aboriginal peoples navigate.This research discovered that Aboriginal palliative care models in British Columbia are limited for the diverse Aboriginal communities. This research also notes that Syilx communities want to engage healthcare providers in meaningful conversations to help advance understanding of traditions and cultural practices that facilitate health and wellness for Syilx communities.

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