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

Winnipeg – Conventional Pact 1 Region, MB, November 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Health and community protection systems that reflect the 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 of Indigenous Services, Grand Chief Garrison Setty Manitoba Kewetinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and Dr. barry lovelyKeewatinohk Inniv Minoyawin Inc. (KIM) CEO announced federal funding to support First Nations health and community safety initiatives in the Northern Territory. ManitobaIncluding:

  • $23 million for MKOs and KIMs over two years to support progress towards transforming the design and delivery of health services; And,

  • more than $715,000 Canada’s Ways to Safe Indigenous Communities initiative over three years to enhance MKO First Nations’ lawmaking capacity through Indigenous services

This health change is part of the Investment Budget 2021, which supports First Nations Canada Creating new models of healthcare delivery that will increase access to quality care. Earlier this year, the government of Canada, MKO and KIM began the process of transferring control of federal health programs, services and operations to KIM, a recently established Northern Manitoba First Nations-led health organization. government of Canada Committed to continuing to support MKO and KIM as they work towards systemic change in the way 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 working relationship and shared priorities that will guide the design and delivery of health care for First Nations in the North. Manitoba, To this end, KIM is engaging First Nations communities to identify priorities for health and design and structure it as a new First Nations health organization.

In addition, new federal investments in the Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative will help MKOs strengthen their lawmaking abilities and ensure the safety and well-being of their northern Manitoba First Nations. This investment will allow MKO to advance the recognition, respect and enforcement of First Nations laws, bylaws 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 the needs of First Nations communities.


“Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakinak and Keewatinohk Ininiv Minoyawin Inc. are pioneers in Indigenous design and led services. Announced today $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, healthier people and communities.”

Hon Patty Hajdu, PC, MP
indigenous service minister

,MKO First Nations has a vision that our MKO First Nations communities are the healthiest and safest places for our citizens to live. Recognition, respect, enforcement and adjudication of enforceable First Nation health and public safety standards and laws that reflect community priorities are an important part of the path towards the health, safety and well-being of MKO First Nations. MKO is working in partnership with Kim and Canada To develop community safety and welfare plans centered within an Indigenous world view and perspective and based on Indigenous protocols, customary laws and objectives of public safety, health and well-being.,

grand chief Garrison Setty
Manitoba Keewatinowie Okimakanak

,During the pandemic, Keewatinohk Inniv Minoyawin Inc. Has demonstrated potential and progressive leadership in health transformation for First Nations people in the Northern Territory. Manitoba, Our partnership with First Nations communities is the foundation of health transformation. The federal government has provided solid support that will allow our team to continue building a new and innovative healthcare system for First Nations. Building on our relationship with the federal government, other regional parties are playing a key role in transforming the healthcare system.,

Doctor. barry lovely
CEO, Keewatinohk Inniv Minoyawin Inc.

quick Facts

  • In 2018, the federal government and the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) signed a memorandum of understanding to work toward First Nations-led health care transformation in the MKO region.

  • First Nations health change is a collaborative process between CanadaFirst Nations partners, and provinces and territories, as they develop new First Nations-led health organizations to assume greater control over the design, administration, management and delivery of health services and programs that support community well-being and Addresses their health needs and preferences. ,

  • Budget 2021 included $107 million Over 3 years to support First Nations health transformation with partners across the country.

  • Keewatinohk Inniv Minoyawin Inc. (KIM), which means “welfare of the northern people” in Cree, was founded in January 2020,

  • KIM is a First Nations health organization that represents 23 First Nations and has a mandate to ensure that Northern First Nations people Manitoba Have access to health-related services that reflect the needs and preferences of First Nations people.

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

  • The Pathway to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative is providing $103.8 million For more than 5 years assisting First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and partners, both on and off reserves, to implement Indigenous-designed projects to improve community safety and well-being. The funding provided by the ISC is part of this overall investment in enhancing the legislative capacity of MKO First Nations.

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