The Atlantic First Nations Health Partnership exists to improve the health and wellbeing of Atlantic First Nations through participation of First Nations in the planning, management and delivery of programs and services funded or delivered by FNIHB Atlantic. Health Partnership Timeline (2019-2020)
The Atlantic First Nations Regional Health Directors Meetings are essential to ensure that Health Directors have an opportunity to share, collaborate and strategize on issues. Health Director meetings are an integral part of the Atlantic First Nations Health Partnership. Health Directors receive regular updates on the progress made by the Health Partnership, in turn, the Health Directors provide valuable insight, feedback, and recommendations to inform the planning, management and delivery of health activities.
The First Nations Control Models Working Group was established in 2015 and reports to the Atlantic First Nations Health Partnership. The role of the Working Group is to determine the interests of Atlantic First Nations for increased First Nations control over federal health resources, and the preferred model(s) to do so. The APC Health Project Manager, assists the Working Group in their support of Atlantic First Nations to influence, manage, and/or control health programs and services that affect them.
The Mi’kmaq Maliseet Atlantic Youth Council (MMAYC) provides Atlantic First Nations youth with practical goals and solutions to enhance mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. MMAYC will strengthen and advance youths’ responsibilities and goals, resulting in greater self-identity and independence through a strategy that incorporates traditional and modern-day practices.
The Elder Care Working Group aspires to engage First Nations Elders in dialogue to properly ascertain their needs and the challenges that they face; and, discuss innovative solutions.
The Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP) provides access to an appropriate level of mental wellness support services to Indian Residential School (IRS) survivors and their family members(s). It ensures that eligible former IRS students can safely address a broad spectrum of wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuse(s).
The Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator (NIHB) is available to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information on NIHB and help guide individuals through all the bureaucratic layers to access medically necessary health benefits. The NIHB Navigator provides information to individuals but understands that the position exists to offer emotional support and, where appropriate, advocate for individuals. The NIHB Navigator is well versed in the appeal process of decisions that the NIHB program makes on an individual’s file, and is more than willing to help First Nations with their NIHB claim.
The Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative (AHHRI) seeks to ensure that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis have access to health providers they need both now and in the future. AHHRI supports this in two ways.
One, providing financial support for scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary health education. This is administered through Indspire: www.indspire.ca
Two, supporting both health managers and community-based workers. For health managers, it is to support them in achieving their First Nations Health Managers Certification offered by the First Nations Health Managers Association. For community-based workers, it is to help them acquire the skills to more effectively meet Aboriginal communities’ health care needs. APC issues an annual Call for Applications to financially support health managers and community-based workers.
The Atlantic First Nations Annual Health Conference is an excellent networking opportunity for the entire Atlantic region. Health professionals create linkages and opportunities for collaboration, participate in training opportunities, and increase their awareness of about regional issues. A highlight of the conference each year is the "Honour Our People Awards."
When engaging and working with First Nations people, cultural safety must always be taken into consideration.
Should you or your organization wish to work with and or learn more on First Nations culture in the Atlantic region, please contact Jarvis Googoo, APC Director of Health, who can provide you with contact information on various people or organizations in the Atlantic region.