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

WINNIPEG – Conventional Treaty 1 Territory, MBAnd the November 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Community health and safety systems that reflect values ​​and respond to First Nations needs help improve outcomes and reduce disparities between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister for Indigenous Services, Senior Chair City the protector Manitoba Conservation Officer (MKO) and Dr. Barry LavalleeCEO, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM), announced federal funding to support First Nations community health and safety initiatives in the North ManitobaIncluding:

  • $23 million more than two years for MKO and KIM to support progress toward transforming health service design and delivery; And the,

  • more than $715,000 Over three years to strengthen the MEK’s lawmaking capacity of First Nations, through Canada’s Indigenous Services to Safe Indigenous Communities initiative

This health transition investment is part of the 2021 Budget, which supports First Nations across the country Canada In creating new models for providing health services that increase access to quality care. Earlier this year, Govt CanadaThe MEK and KIM have launched the process of transferring control of federal health programs, services, and functions to KIM, the recently founded First Nations-led health organization in northern Manitoba. Government Canada Committed to continuing to support the MEK and KIM as they work to bring about systemic changes to how Northern Manitoba First Nations access and receive health services.

Indigenous Services Canada and KIM are finalizing a preliminary agreement that will establish future working relationships and shared priorities, and which will guide the design and delivery of First Nations health care in the North. Manitoba. To this end, the Institute works to engage First Nations communities in defining, designing and structuring health priorities as a new First Nations health organization.

In addition, new federal investments in the Pathways to Safer Indigenous Communities initiative will support the MEK in strengthening its ability to make laws and ensure the safety and well-being of its First Peoples in northern Manitoba. This investment will allow the MEK to enhance recognition, respect, and enforcement of First Nation laws, regulations, and customary laws.

Increased self-determination and autonomy with regard to health and community safety will result in high quality, effective and culturally appropriate services tailored to the needs of First Nations communities.


“Manitoba’s Keewatinowi Okimakinak and Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoyawin Inc. Lead the Way in Indigenous Designed and Delivered Services. Today’s Announcement.” $23.7 million Supports their work to design and deliver health care and community safety programs for their communities. Self-determination is the path to better care and health of people and societies.”

The Honorable Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament
Minister of Indigenous Services

The vision of MKO First Nations is that our MKO First Nation communities are the healthiest and safest places for our citizens to live. Recognition, respect, enforcement, and adjudication of enforceable public health and safety standards and laws that reflect community priorities are an essential part of the path to the health, safety, and welfare of the MEK’s First Nations. MKO works in partnership with KIM and Canada To develop community safety and wellbeing plans that are centered around an Indigenous worldview and perspective and that are founded on Indigenous protocols, customary laws, and public safety, health, and wellness goals.

Grand Chef City the protector
Manitoba Keewatinowi Province

During the pandemic, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. Her ability and progressive leadership in the healthy transformation of the First Nations peoples of the North Manitoba. Our partnerships with First Nations communities are the foundation for a healthy transition. The Federal Government has provided strong support that will allow our team to continue building towards a new and innovative healthcare system for First Nations. Moving forward in our relationships with the federal government, other regional actors play an important role in transforming the health care system.

Dr. Barry Lavallee
CEO, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc.

quick Facts

  • In 2018, the federal government and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding toward the first country-led health care transformation in the MEK territory.

  • First Nations health transformation is a collaborative process between Canadaand First Nations, county and territory partners, as they develop new First Nations-led health organizations to take greater control over the design, management, administration and delivery of health services and programs that support community wellness and meet their health needs and priorities.

  • 2021 budget included $107 million Over 3 years of supporting First Nations health transformation with partners across the country.

  • Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM), which in Cree means “health of the northern peoples”, V.I January 2020.

  • KIM is a First Nations health organization representing 23 First Nations and has a mandate to ensure the existence of Northern First Nations populations Manitoba Access to relevant health services that reflect the needs and priorities of First Nations people.

  • Many KIM communities are located in rural and remote locations and do not have year-round road access, which has created additional challenges for providing affordable health, education, and social services.

  • The Pathways to Safer Indigenous Communities Initiative offers $103.8 million Over 5 years helping First Nations, Inuit and Colored communities and partners, both on and off reserves, to implement projects designed for Indigenous peoples to improve community safety and well-being. Funding provided by the ISC to enhance the lawmaking capacity of the MKO First Nations is part of this public investment.

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