Federal investments supporting First Nations-led health services and community safety in northern Manitoba

Winnipeg – Traditional Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba – Indigenous Services Canada

Health and community safety systems that reflect the values ​​and respond to the needs of First Nations help to improve outcomes and reduce disparities between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, Grand Chief Garrison Settee of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and Dr. Barry Lavallee, CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM), announced federal funding to support First Nations health and community safety initiatives in northern Manitoba, including:

  • $23 million over two years for MKO and KIM to support progress towards transforming the design and delivery of health services; and,
  • More than $715,000 over three years to enhance the law-making capacity of MKO First Nations, through Canada’s Indigenous Services Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative

This health transformation investment is part of Budget 2021, which supports First Nations across Canada in creating new models of health service delivery that will increase access to quality care. Earlier this year, the Government of Canada, MKO and KIM launched the process to transfer control of federal health programs, services and functions to KIM, the recently established northern Manitoba First Nations-led health organization. The Government of Canada is committed to continuing to support MKO and KIM as they work towards systemic changes to how northern Manitoba First Nations access and receive health services.

Indigenous Services Canada and KIM are working to finalize an Agreement in Principle that will establish their future work relationships and shared priorities, which will guide the design and delivery of health care for First Nations in northern Manitoba. To this end, KIM is engaging First Nations communities to identify priorities for health and its design and structure as a new First Nations health organization.

Additionally, new federal investments in the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative will support MKO in strengthening their lawmaking capacity and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of their northern Manitoba First Nations. This investment will allow MKO to advance recognition, respect, and enforcement of First Nation laws, by-laws and customary laws.

Greater self-determination and autonomy over health and community safety will result in high-quality, effective and culturally appropriate services that are tailored to First Nations communities needs.

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