• Governance project on health and social services
Aug 07, 2014

Wendake, July 28, 2014 – During a work day that took place last July 9th, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) engaged the community health and social services directors and representatives of the First Nations organisations of Quebec in a collective reflection focused on laying the groundwork for a governance project in the area of health and social services.

During a work day that took place last July 9th, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) engaged the community health and social services directors and representatives of the First Nations organisations of Quebec in a collective reflection focused on laying the groundwork for a governance project in the area of health and social services.

The participants spent an entire day working on a common understanding of the governance project on health and social services. The experience allowed them to express their views on the barriers and benefits associated with a renewed relationship in terms of responsibilities, powers and new opportunities.

In February 2014, the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) passed a motion ratifying the vision and principles of this project. This approach aims to increase the First Nations’ power to take action from a health and social services perspective.

This project stems from the 2007-2017 First Nations of Quebec Health and Social Services Blueprint, which was adopted by the Chiefs of the AFNQL, and is in line with the statements of self-determination according to the 26 principles of 1989. At the end of the process, the First Nations will have developed one or more governance models in the area of health and social services aiming to grant further powers and responsibilities, thereby constituting an exceptional opportunity for First Nations to:

 Exercise their sovereignty and autonomy;

 Take control of their future in the area of health and social services just like other First Nations across the country have successfully accomplished.

For more information, please visit the FNQLHSSC’s website at www.cssspnql.com.

About the FNQLHSSC

The FNQLHSSC’s mission is to promote and ensure the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities by facilitating access to comprehensive health and social services programs that are culturally-appropriate and designed by First Nations organisations that are recognised and sanctioned by the local authorities while respecting the culture and the local autonomy. It also helps communities that so desire to establish, develop and promote comprehensive programs and services in the area of health and social services that are adapted and designed by First Nations organisations.

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Source: Chantal Cleary

Communications officer - FNQLHSSC

Telephone: 418-842-1540

Email: chantal.cleary@cssspnql.com