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Welcome to the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice

The Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice represents family physicians in Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, McBride, Mackenzie, Quesnel, Valemount, Vanderhoof, and the following Indigenous Communities:

Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Lake Babine Nation serving the communities of; Woyenne, Tachet, Fort Babine, Donald’s Landing, Old Fort (Nedo’ats), Nee-Tahi-Buhn, Skin Tyee, Tsil Kaz Koh / aka Burns Lake Band, Wet’suwet’en, Nak’azdli, Tl’azt’en serving the communities of; Tache, Middle River (Dzitl’lainli), K’uzche, Binche, Tache, Takla Lake 1st Nation – Takla Lake, Nadleh Whut’en, Stellat’en, Kwadacha, McLeod Lake, Tsay Keh Dene, ?Esdilagh, Lhoosk’uz Dene, Lhtako Dene, Nazko and Saik’uz.

Together, the members work to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy, and provide professional support for physicians. The Division gives local physicians an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Northern Health Authority, the First Nations Health Authority, the GPSC, and the Ministry of Health to identify health care needs in the local community and develop solutions to meet those needs.


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ZOOM Toolkit

Upcoming Event: Saturday 4th April at 10:00 am
The Basics of Zoom and Virtual Clinics - Tutorial and Q&A for NIRD Physicians
Contact Candice.Smit@divisionsbc.ca for more information 

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Message from the NIRD Executive Director:


As the weeks wear on so does the toll on our membership.  Time on calls supporting colleagues, fielding enquires from the various reporting agencies, and staying current within this swiftly moving environment that has become known simply as COVID-19 has extended already busy lives, compromising both families and any opportunities for self-care. 

With yet the worst still to come and the likelihood of increasing numbers of cases in Canada in the coming weeks and months, coupled with the advice against non-essential travel, and the importance of “social distancing” in slowing the spread of this infection it is doubly important for all members to take care of themselves. 

Most importantly, we want to minimize any possible exposure to our family physicians or their support staff to the potential risks of exposure and the resultant self-quarantine that inevitably follows.  

Times like these put communities to the test. Vulnerable populations typically feel the weight and negative social impacts most acutely. As pillars in your communities, thank you for all that you do to bring out the best in people and for championing compassion and resilience in these uncertain times.

On behalf of the Staff, Directors and Representative Assembly, we wish you and all those within your community good health throughout the weeks and months to come.

Your contributions have not gone unnoticed.

Stay well


Errol Winter