• Health and social services governance process: Start of phase 2
Oct 28, 2016

The work on Phase 2 of the governance process is now well underway. At the pre-AGA of the FNQLHSSC held this past July 13, the communities’ representatives discussed the integration of the new governance model into the culture of each community. The participants reiterated the important role that culture should play as part of the new governance. It must indeed provide the very basis of a form of governance established by and for the First Nations. The 2016 pre-AGA was also the opportunity to initiate reflections on information governance and management. The participants brought up the need to obtain further powers and capacities for purposes of protecting information having to do with the First Nations. It is important that the communities and regional organizations have access to more information allowing them to ensure better planning of their services and to track the results of their actions, thereby allowing them to implement effective health and social services governance. The development of a regional information governance and management framework is one option to be considered.



An important part of the work under Phase 2 involves acquiring better knowledge of the responsibilities and functions currently held by the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This knowledge is essential for allowing the First Nations to determine the powers and responsibilities they want to have transferred to them. To obtain this portrait, the FNQLHSSC team responsible for coordinating the process at the regional level met, no more than a few weeks ago, with their counterparts from each of the above-mentioned government organizations. The next regional meetings will also permit the sharing of this knowledge. The meeting set for this coming November 9-10 will thus involve addressing with the communities a first major responsibility, namely the issue of planning. It will allow the communities to give their ideas and opinions, particularly concerning the community health planning process that is currently headed by FNIHB. Accountability and funding will be addressed at the next meetings.



The FNQLHSSC team will continue to be supported during Phase 2 by the Chiefs’ advisory committee and the committee of partners, which is made up of representatives from the First Nations and various federal and provincial government departments. The latter committee will also have the mandate to work towards resolving jurisdictional conflicts affecting the First Nations.



New documents will be available in the coming weeks. We invite you to visit the governance process website to stay informed: