Health Services Integration Fund

The Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF) is intended to better meet the health-care needs of First Nations. It is a continuation of the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF).

This initiative was developed by Health Canada to increase collaboration among federal, territorial, provincial and Aboriginal partners involved in the health field.

Funding through the HSIF was provided for projects across the country, including several projects in Quebec, two of which were submitted by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC): the Mental Health and Addictions Protocol Implementation Support Project, and the Quebec First Nations Health and Social Services Governance Project.

Mental Health and Addictions Protocol Implementation Support Project

The purpose of this project is to increase collaboration among health centres within First Nation communities and Health and Social Services Centres (HSSCs) located on their territory regarding mental health and addictions. This will be achieved by signing collaborative protocols.

How does it work?

A task force made up of the MSSS, Health Canada, and the FNQLHSSC, has developed a collaborative protocol template for mental health and addictions. All interested communities will be guided through their negotiation process with the HSSC of their territory and the implementation of their protocol.

Quebec First Nations Health and Social Services Governance Project

The purpose of this project is to increase the provision and access to local and regional health services by developing governance models that are appropriate to the needs and realities of Quebec’s First Nations.

How does it work?

In order to stimulate reflection within the communities on themes such as governance and self-determination, the FNQLHSSC conducts research and information-gathering activities on programs, services, initiatives and governance models among Aboriginal people.

The results of such research will allow the leaders to take part, in an informed manner, in the reflection process and construction of governance model options. In fact, consultations, joint actions, and experience-sharing which take place among Quebec’s First Nations will help develop governance model options that are tailored to their needs and realities.  

The proposed options will then be approved by the Chiefs’ Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) and, depending on the chosen models, the FNQLHSSC will engage in negotiations with governmental partners to implement those models at local and regional levels.

And finally, the FNQLHSSC will develop a strategic communication plan on the governance of health and social services. Monitoring of the project and its results will be overseen by the FNQLHSSC.

Regional Advisory Committees

Multiparty advisory committees will be formed in each province and territory. They will be planning health services integration enhancement measures to better meet the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  

Each committee will develop an integration plan, drawing on the lessons learned from the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund and other good practices in use elsewhere. The plan will identify which future sectors will be prioritized as regards the integration of health services within the province or territory. Moreover, the committees will supervise and evaluate the integration activities.

The Quebec Regional Advisory Committee has published its HSIF Integration Plan for the First Nations and Inuit of Quebec in October 2011.