TREATY SIX TERRITORY, SK, Sept. 11, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working in partnership with the Saskatoon TribalCouncil (STC) to support First Nations-led health transformation and a community-led shift to prevention efforts in child and family services.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced two significant federal
The Community Well-being and Jurisdiction Initiative is a new funding stream from Indigenous Services Canada. This new funding stream is intended to allow communities to focus on prevention activities to help families stay together in their communities whenever possible, and ensure that First Nation communities have jurisdiction over child and family services to First Nation communities. All investments through the Community Well-being and Jurisdiction Initiative will continue to support First Nation community-led, culturally-appropriate services as a core element of funded initiatives.
The Mature Health Services Transformation Pilot will help transform the health services of STC and its member First Nations by informing leadership and health staff about the impacts of programming on overall community health status through measuring health outcomes against objectives. The results of this pilot will also allow First Nations communities to enhance and expand programs and service delivery that align with priorities of STC member First Nations.
This First Nation Tribal Council led initiative will contribute to:
"Today's funding announcements with the Saskatoon Tribal Council reflect the commitment by the federal government to support First Nations-led transformation in areas like health and community well-being. These investments are aimed at improving health outcomes, access to health services, and placing a greater focus on prevention activities to help families at risk stay together in their communities. I am eager to follow the progress of the Saskatoon Tribal Council in these endeavours, and to see the many benefits this will bring to many First Nation Communities in Saskatchewan."The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
"This is a critical moment for First Nations communities who continue to suffer the emotional and physical effects of residential schools, the 60's scoop and harmful child welfare policies. The need is real, and these agreements will allow us to initiate more focused, robust programming and much-needed prevention services to begin rebuilding communities and healing families. These agreements also signal federal recognition of the Treaty rights of First Nations to negotiate independent of the Province on issues relating to the health and welfare of our communities. The seven Chiefs of the Saskatoon Tribal Council are resolute in their commitment to fight for equitable health funding for First Nations communities, and to enhance services to increase the potential of our people.
We believe in a future with vibrant, strong First Nations children, youth and families, supported in their communities, with a strong sense of identity and culture and look forward to working with the Government of Canada to make this a reality."Tribal Chief Mark ArcandSaskatoon Tribal Council
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