• Regional meeting on the health and social services governance process on April 3-4, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

This year, the health and social services governance process, which began five years ago, is entering a pivotal period. In the coming year, proposals for concrete models of effective governance will have to be developed in order to be presented to the Chiefs of the AFNQL in March 2020. To achieve this goal, each component of the model must be concrete.

At the meeting on April 3 and 4, 2019, a complete update of the governance process will be presented to the participants. It will also provide an opportunity to continue reflections on different aspects of the model: roles, responsibilities and relationships of the different First Nations communities and organizations.

A collective process

Since the beginning, the governance process has been based on a co-construction approach, where ideas and reflections come from representatives of the First Nations communities and organizations. The FNQLHSSC, which facilitates and supports the process, will continue organizing regional meetings over the next year in order to create opportunities for sharing and collective reflection. The health and social services governance process will also be at the heart of the regional engagement discussions on the issues and governance associated with the federal transformation (reforms), an activity being organized by the AFNQL for May 7-9, 2019. In addition, the FNQLHSSC's team remains available to meet with any community wishing to learn more about the ongoing process and to actively contribute to it.

In addition to organizing and facilitating work meetings with the communities, the FNQLHSSC will conduct financial analyses to clearly identify the advantages and issues related to the models that will be developed.

Financial analyses

To support the reflections surrounding the development of model proposals, financial analyses in two components will be carried out in the coming months:

  • Component 1: Analysis of the regional and local funding – a detailed study of the operating budget of Indigenous Services Canada, the amounts allocated to the communities and the operating costs of a health centre or nursing station;
  • Component 2: Projection of the health and wellness needs and costs – identification of the financial resources needed to meet the needs associated with demographic changes and the evolution of the health and social issues in the coming years.

The financial analyses will provide communities with a better understanding of current health and social services costs and allows them to be better prepared to anticipate the short-, medium- and long-term budget increases needed to ensure quality care for all their members.