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Policy HC-08 - First Nations or Inuit Traditional Healing

Effective Dates

July 1, 2011 and still in effect


Health Care Services

General Information

Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act, S.Y. 2008 (the "Act") specifies that Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) may provide payment for health care assistance. The Act further provides YWCHSB with the authority and discretion to determine the necessity, character and sufficiency of health care assistance.

Section 37 of the Act states that YWCHSB shall, when appropriate, promote mutual understanding, knowledge, and respect between the providers of health services under the health system and the providers of traditional First Nations or Inuit nutrition and healing.


This policy outlines how YWCHSB may facilitate injured workers’ requests for traditional healing. Traditional healing may be appropriate for some workers’ compensable injuries to assist in their recovery, functional restoration or return to work in a safe and timely manner.