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Archive for October, 2017

Fall 2017 Regional Caucus

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The Fall 2017 Regional Caucus Sessions will begin next week. The upcoming Fall Caucuses are important forums for Leadership, Health Leads and Social Leads to contribute to discussions on social determinants of health and connect with federal/provincial partners. This is a unique opportunity to affect how programs and services are delivered to BC First Nations.

The regional caucuses will invite federal departments and provincial ministries to engage directly with First Nations on key issues that impact health, including:

  • Children and family reform (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Ministry of Children & Family Development)
  • Mental health and addictions (Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions)
  • Early years services on-reserve (Employment and Social Development Canada and MCFD)
  • Emergency management (Emergency Management BC, INAC, FNHA)

A concept paper on the social determinants of health will also be discussed at the 2017 Fall Caucuses.

This round of Caucuses is an opportunity for First Nations leaders to build on the work of previous events to chat a path forward for better health and wellness for their communities. We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration is still open for the below dates:

North – October 24-26 – Register here.

Interior – November 7-9 – Register here.

Fraser Salish – November 21-23 – Register here.

Vancouver Coastal – November 28-30 – Register here.

Vancouver Island –December 5-7 – Register here.

FNHC Discussion Paper: Ten-Year Social Determinants of Health Strategy

This discussion paper has been prepared by the FNHC to support discussions on the vision for a ten-year strategy to address the social determinants of health. This discussion paper is a summary of what has been heard in the past year and presents proposals for long-term change. As we look toward the Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey forum in May 2018, we want to spark discussion with Chiefs, Leaders and Health Leads on the future state of First Nation health and social governance in BC.

Read the discussion paper here.

Memorandum of Understanding Between Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council and FNHC

On Monday, September 25, 2017, the FNHC and the 14 Chiefs of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the NTC Annual General Meeting in Port Alberni, BC.

As per this mandate, the MoU sets out how the NTC and FNHC will work together in a good way (“isaakmis”) to advance their partnership and shared interest in health and wellness, health system transformation, and addressing social determinants. This MoU will help the FNHC to better support Nuu-chah-nulth to achieve its vision of change.

The MOU was signed in sacred ceremony and committed the NTC and the FNHC to develop, nurture and evolve a partnership that is enduring, productive and healthy.

Read more on this event here.

First Nations Health Council and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council sign MoU

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On Monday, September 25, 2017, the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) and the 14 Chiefs of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the NTC Annual General Meeting in Port Alberni, BC.

With this MoU, the FNHC  agrees to advocate for and support the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council to make progress on the NTC’s mandate; to seek funding for NTC and its member Nations; to improve program and service delivery; and to make progress on the social determinants of health, which are understood within the Nuu-chah-nulth concept of “hish-uk-ish-tsawalk”—everything is connected. This aligns with the FNHC’s long-term goal to support Nations to achieve their own vision of health and wellness, including those seeking Nation-to-Nation partnership models with BC and Canada.

The signing of this agreement supports one of the FNHC’s key directives: to foster meaningful collaboration and partnerships to achieve progress on the social determinants of health. In 2011, the FNHC was established by BC First Nations leadership as the political advocacy branch of the new health governance system. Resolution 2011-01, endorsed by Chiefs, mandates the FNHC to build relationships with other First Nations organizations, provincial and federal governments to progress work related to the social determinants of health.

As per this mandate, the MoU sets out how the NTC and FNHC will work together in a good way (“isaakmis”) to advance their partnership and shared interest in health and wellness, health system transformation, and addressing social determinants. This MoU will help the FNHC to better support Nuu-chah-nulth to achieve its vision of change.

In entering into this agreement, the FNHC recognizes and respects the autonomy of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations over their health-related structures and decision-making processes for the health, unity and self-determination of their people. In this way, the agreement supports a process that is truly Community-Driven and Nation-Based. This means that the process will be driven by the needs and priorities of NTC member Nations first and foremost.

This is a momentous milestone that recommits both parties to collaboration and sets the standard for how the FNHC works with and supports Nations as they pursue their own path of self-determination in health and beyond. It solidifies our common interest in advocating for First Nations health and wellness, supporting health system transformation and addressing the social determinants of health.

The MoU was signed in sacred ceremony and committed the NTC and the FNHC to develop, nurture and evolve a partnership that is enduring, productive and healthy.