Representative for Children and Youth

Assembly of First Nations


Foster Parent Support Line:

Foster Parent Support Line
Call toll-free 1-888-495-4440

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday - 4:00 pm - 12:45 am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends - 8:00 am - 12:45 am

Other Fostering related sites:

Health & Safety


Child & Youth Links


Links for Families


Language/Food- Nuu chah nulth

Nuu chah nulth Nations websites


Non-Insured Health Benefits: NTC website

Optical Program

Eyeglasses Replacement

  • Minimum change of .5 diopter to change eyeglasses
  • High index (thinner lenses) 7.00 diopters or more - The NTC CHS NIHB Program (cost may be lower than what is charged)
  • 24 months for 18 years and up
  • 12 months for 17 and under
  • Physiological change related to physical need

Eye Exam frequency and Care Card

  • Eye examinations limited to once every 24 months. The limit does not apply to persons under 19, over 65, or with a medical condition requiring more frequest examinations
  • The NTC CHS Program now pays a maximum of $46.17 for eye exams for persons between the age of 19 and 64. Eye specialists and Optometrists may charge a range of $90 to $120 per exam.

Contact Lenses

  • Hard Lens may be approved under the following criteria:
  • Aphakia (post cataract surgery)
  • Cornea Irregularities
  • Astigmatism (inadequately corrected by eyeglasses)

Contact Lens for cataract surgery falls under medical care plan and currently only approves the hard lens as a replacement. There is a new state-of-the-art soft acrylic lens with a current cost of $300 per eye.

For CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) contact Vancouver Island District at (250) 595-1100

Medical Patient Travel

Community Level Patient Travel has to be accessed through the Community where you are resident. Away from home travel is administered through through your current community and they will access re-imbursement through the NIHB Program at NTC.

The Pacific Regional Guidelines medical patient travel sets out minimum benefits that must be provided to all Nuu chah nulth and  members of other First Nations normally resident in their community.

The Medical Transportation Policy covers only "medically and legally" required travel expenses for the client and as medically required escorts.

The current minimum mileage is 25 cents per kilometre for unpaved roads and 20 cents per kilometre for paved roads.

Away from home travel requests administered through your community office will be reimbursements from NTC NIHB. Reimbursements will be strictly in accordance with the Pacific Region Regional Medical Patient Travel Guidelines.

Coordination of benefits is strongly enforced with other agencies, and only provided when a client signs a form assigning benefits to the First Nation in the amount of the assistance provided.

A client who feels the decision made within the Pacific Region medical patient travel guidelines are unjust to them have a right to appeal these decisions by going through the process in the policy and their community appeal panel. Contact your current community for further details.

Mental Health

Program under agreement with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

Medical Equipment and Supplies

  • Under administration and operation of FNIHB (1-800-317-7878)
  • Requires a medical prescription, and if required an assessment to be forwarded to the appropriate provider for onward transmission to FNIHB Vancouver Zone for predetermination.
  • Lifeline phone and monthly payment are not a benefit under NIHB Program


  • Under administration and operation of FNIHB (1-888-321-5003)
  • Does not cover for cosmetics
  • Assistance given for Dental Braces coverage up to a maximum of $5500 when approved, if cavity free for 6 months
  • Community prevention is strongly encouraged if there is a reasonable chance of transferring this program and staying within budget. A highly volatile and cost driven program


  • Under the administration and operation of FNIHB Vancouver Zone
  • The Prescription Drug Exception Centre is in Ottawa
  • When brand-name and generic versions of the same drug are available, the NIHB program will pay for whichever drug has the lowest price. Generic drugs contain the same main ingredient as the brand-name original. Hospitals know the value of generic drugs, they have been using them for years instead of the more expensive brand-name drugs
  • If a prescription is denied through the National NIHB Program you have the right to appeal this decision. the appeal begins with the Pharmacist advocating by sending an appeal electronically on a clients behalf to the Drug Exception Centre  (DEC) Ottawa. they will in turn decide if they will process it through the clients family doctor requesting justification for the prescription medicine. the doctor completes a specific form and returns it to DEC Ottawa for a final consideration, at which time they will inform your pharmacy of the decision

Care Card

Call 1-800-663-7100 or visit BC MSP Care Card web site.

Medic Alert - Membership Registration Application

Client gets an application from Band Office or their doctor's office and completes the form and forwards form direct to:

Canadian Medic Alert Foundation
2005 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B4


The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a voluntary, not for profit organization that provides services to anyone with a visual impairment, which cannot be corrected by ordinary lenses. CNIB is not a government agency. Thousands of people receive services from professional staff supported by volunteers within BC and the Yukon.

The CNIB Program offers the following services that are intended to minimize the effects of visual impairment and to learn from others who have had similar experiences:

  • Counseling and Referral (Adjustment to Vision Loss)
  • Rehabilitation Teaching (Enhancing Life and Skills)
  • Career and Employment Counseling (Find Work)
  • Orientation and Mobility (Learning Safe Travel)
  • Technical Aids Service (Simple Product Solutions
  • Library Services (Access to Information)
  • Public Education (Brochures and Videos)
  • Volunteer Services (Support and Assist)