The newly unveiled Pays Plat First Nation flag. - Photo courtesy of Jesse Achneepineskum
TO: Ontario First Nations Leadership
From: Ontario Regional Chief Beardy
Date: December 19, 2012
Resolution 11/38, passed at the AOCC in June 2011 directed the Ontario Chiefs’ Committee on Health (OCCOH) to establish the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee with the provincial and federal governments. The mandate of resolution 11/38 continues to be upheld as the direction from the Chiefs in Assembly, and is without prejudice to the Inherent and Aboriginal Treaty rights of First Nations in Ontario. This Trilateral Committee is an interim step in the process of developing a full working relationship with the Province (formal Health Accord).
The Trilateral Committee includes opportunities for all three levels of government (First Nations – Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health, ADM of Health Canada, and ADM of Ontario Ministry of Health) to work together on collaboration in shared activities. A priority mandate of this committee has been the development of a process for respectful, transparent and accountable communications and discussions through a positive joint working relationship. At this time the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee has been focused on strategic administrative arrangements to maximize resources for improved service delivery to all First Nations communities in Ontario. The four priority areas identified by Chiefs include Mental Health and Addictions, Public Health, Data Management, and Diabetes Treatment and Management. Based on the identified crisis of Prescription Drug Abuse this has been the focus in the first year. The work on the other priority issues of the Chiefs in Assembly, continue to be developed through a coordinated approach. We have, and will continue to provide you with updates at our assemblies and through our committee processes as per the mandate of Resolution 11/38.
I hope that if you have questions that you will contact your representatives on the Chiefs Committee on Health, the Health Coordination Unit, or any of the established working groups. As mentioned this process is one that relies on everyone’s contribution and has been open to all options tabled in any of the committee processes. First Nation Leadership through their involvement on this Senior Level Committee has an opportunity to drive change for their communities leading to healthier outcomes for their members. The accompanying pages outline some of the key accomplishments of the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee to date and community-based solutions which are being implemented.
TFNHSOC Accomplishments to Date:
Mental Health Addictions-Working Group:
The MHA-WG was the first to be formed and began July 2011.
The primary objective of this working group is to address prescription narcotics abuse among First Nations living on reserve from a holistic perspective via a series of concrete activities. The MHA Working Group includes representatives from the Chiefs of Ontario, the provincial and federal governments, and First Nations service providers. The priority is enhancing addictions services and the continuum of care for First Nations communities will be the initial focus. The MHA-WG work plan was presented and approved by TFNHSOC on March 7, 2012.
Additionally, Health Canada has contributed over $2 million this year to address PDA through Community – based initiatives. This fund is intended to support the community-based solutions identified as a result of the community’s work with the CWDT.
The MHA working group also has advocated and made recommendations for a First Nations distinct approach to the province in implementation of initiatives under their Comprehensive Mental Health Strategy such as MCYS funding of Mental Health Workers, and expansion and enhancement of Telemedicine services for Mental Health. However, the decisions on implementation of those initiatives remain at the discretion of the province.
Public Health Working Group:
The work plan was approved by TFNHSOC on March 7, 2012 and includes five key activities (inclusive of all geographic areas)
A Project Charter for the Public Health Working Group was signed and endorsed by all three governments (Sept 2012).This project charter outlines key relationship principles by which all three parties agree to do business.
Data Management Working Group and Diabetes Prevention and Management Working Group
Scoping Documents have been completed for the Data Management-Working Group and the Diabetes Prevention and Management-Working Group. Inaugural meeting for the Data Management-working group planned for Jan./2013
As a goal for next year we will continue to move the mandate of the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee forward. We will continue to update the Chiefs in Assembly on all activities of this committee including all community based solutions being developed through the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee.
Public Health Working Group (TFNHSOC)
Tracy Antone (COO) email@example.com
Linda Ogilvie (COO) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruby Miller email@example.com
Laurie McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Lemieux email@example.com
Julia Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloria Daybutch email@example.com
Brigitte Blazina Brigitte.Blazina@akwesasne.ca
Caroline Lidstone-Jones (Caroline.LidstoneJones@weeneebaykohealth.ca)
Janet Gordon Janet.Gordon@slfnha.com
Mental Health Working Group (TFNHSOC)
Kevin Berube Kevin.Berube@slfnha.com
Dr Brenda Restoule firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Doxtator email@example.com
Crystal Burning firstname.lastname@example.org
David Pierce email@example.com
Laurie McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Ogilvie email@example.com
Rolanda Manitowabi RManitowabi@ngwaagan.ca
Tracy Antone firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernadette deGonzague(COO) email@example.com
(As of December 1, 2012)
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