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      From: Tash Cote [mailto:TCote@...]
      Sent: October-02-13 12:52 PM
      Subject: Assembly of First Nations Congratulates the B.C. First Nations Health Authority on its Historic First Day

      October 2, 2013

      Assembly of First Nations Congratulates the B.C. First Nations Health Authority on its Historic First Day

      (Ottawa, ON) � Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and BC Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould congratulated the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) who assumed authority yesterday on the management of health services to all First Nations citizens living on reserve in British Columbia.

      �The First Nations Health Authority is a great example of First Nations taking control and designing and implementing our own health plans and services,� said National Chief Atleo. �Health care for all First Nations continues to be a complex and diverse issue. The constitutional responsibility and Treaty obligation for First Nations health still resides with the federal government, but provinces and territories play an integral role in the health outcomes of First Nations people both on and off reserve. This is an approach that respects those relationships, brings together all jurisdictions and results in First Nations control and delivery of health services. I extend personal congratulations to all members of the First Nations Health Council and to FNHC Chair Grand Chief Doug Kelly for this remarkable achievement.�

      The FNHA is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada. Today, the FNHA assumes the programs, services, and responsibilities currently handled by Health Canada�s First Nations Inuit Health Branch � Pacific Region. The FNHA�s vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC�s First Nations and Indigenous people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.

      BC Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould stated, �October 1st marked an historic milestone for healthcare delivery in British Columbia with our Nations having embarked upon the most ambitious Aboriginal health transfer initiative in the country. While there has never been any doubt that we have the potential to deliver a more efficient and culturally appropriate service than Health Canada, we now have the responsibility to ensure that the resources are in place to provide the programs and services that our citizens expect and deserve. These are, nevertheless, decisions and challenges that our Nations, through the work of the FNHA, are best suited to make and take on as we chart a course for a better future for our citizens.�

      The First Nations Health Authority will plan, design, manage, and fund the delivery of First Nations health programs and services in BC. These community-based services are largely focused on health promotion and disease prevention, including:

      * Primary Care Services,
      * Mental Health and Addictions Programming,
      * Health Infrastructure,
      * Environmental Health and Research, and
      * Non-Insured Health Benefits.

      First Nations leaders have been calling for a more comprehensive approach to health service delivery that is driven and controlled by First Nations. This movement to the FNHA is significant and historic because it symbolizes an approach that is open to First Nations ownership and control of resources to better meet the needs of First Nations.

      The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.


      Contact information:

      Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communication Officer
      613-241-6789 ext. 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or e-mail agaron@...<mailto:agaron@...>

      Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer
      613-241-6789, ext. 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or jyoung@...<mailto:jyoung@...>

      Le 2 octobre 2013

      L�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations f�licite l�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations de la Colombie-Britannique � l�occasion de cette premi�re journ�e historique

      (Ottawa, Ont.) � Le Chef national de l�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, et la Chef r�gionale de la Colombie-Britannique, Jody Wilson-Raybould, ont f�licit� l�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations qui a commenc� � assumer hier la gestion des services de sant� de tous les citoyens des Premi�res Nations vivant dans des r�serves en Colombie-Britannique.

      � L�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations constitue un exemple car elle illustre la volont� des Premi�res Nations de contr�ler, concevoir et mettre en �uvre leurs propres plans et services de sant� �, a d�clar� le Chef national Atleo. � Les soins de sant� destin�s � toutes les communaut�s des Premi�res Nations demeurent une question complexe � multiples volets. La responsabilit� constitutionnelle et l�obligation issue de trait�s concernant la sant� des Premi�res Nations incombent toujours au gouvernement f�d�ral, mais les provinces et les territoires jouent un r�le � part enti�re dans les r�sultats en mati�re de sant� des Premi�res Nations, tant � l�int�rieur qu�� l�ext�rieur des r�serves. Il s�agit d�une approche qui respecte ces relations, met � contribution toutes les comp�tences et aboutit au contr�le et � la prestation des services de sant� par les Premi�res Nations. Je tiens aussi � f�liciter tous les membres du Conseil de la sant� des Premi�res Nations ainsi que son pr�sident, le Grand Chef Doug Kelly, pour cette r�alisation remarquable. �

      L�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations (ASPN) est la premi�re autorit� d�envergure provinciale de ce genre au Canada. Aujourd�hui, elle prend en charge les programmes, les services et les responsabilit�s qui d�pendent actuellement de la Direction g�n�rale de la sant� des Premi�res nations et des Inuits de Sant� Canada � R�gion du Pacifique. L�ASPN a pour vision de transformer la sant� et le bien-�tre des Premi�res Nations et des citoyens autochtones de la Colombie-Britannique en modifiant radicalement les soins de sant� en vue de les optimiser.

      Ainsi que l�a d�clar� la Chef r�gionale de la Colombie-Britannique, Jody Wilson-Raybould : � Cette date du 1er octobre constitue une �tape historique dans la prestation des soins de sant� en Colombie-Britannique, car nos nations se sont lanc�es dans l�initiative de transfert des services de sant� autochtones la plus ambitieuse au pays. Bien que nous n�ayons jamais dout� de notre capacit� de fournir un service plus efficace et mieux adapt� sur le plan culturel que Sant� Canada, nous avons maintenant comme responsabilit� de veiller � ce que les ressources n�cessaires soient en place pour dispenser les programmes et services que m�ritent et auxquels s�attendent nos citoyens. Nos nations, par l�interm�diaire du travail de l�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations, sont toutefois les mieux plac�es pour prendre les d�cisions et relever les d�fis inh�rents � cette initiative, que nous avons lanc�e pour assurer un avenir meilleur � nos citoyens. �

      L�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations planifiera, �laborera, administrera et financera les services et programmes de sant� destin�s aux Premi�res Nations en Colombie-Britannique. Ces services communautaires sont principalement ax�s sur la promotion de la sant� et la pr�vention des maladies et couvrent notamment les domaines suivants :

      * Services de soins primaires,
      * Programmes ax�s sur la sant� mentale et la lutte contre les toxicomanies,
      * Infrastructure de la sant�,
      * Sant� environnementale et recherche,
      * Services de sant� Non assur�s.

      Les dirigeants des Premi�res Nations ont r�clam� une approche plus globale en ce qui a trait � des services de sant� dirig�s et contr�l�s par les Premi�res Nations. La mise sur pied de l�Autorit� sanitaire des Premi�res Nations est significative et historique car elle symbolise une ouverture � la propri�t� et au contr�le des ressources par les Premi�res Nations en vue de mieux r�pondre � leurs besoins.

      L�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations est l�organisation nationale qui repr�sente les citoyens des Premi�res Nations au Canada. Suivez l�APN sur Twitter : @AFN_Comms et @AFN_Updates.


      Renseignements :

      Alain Garon, agent des communications bilingue de l�APN,
      613-241-6789, poste 382, 613-292-0857 ou agaron@...<mailto:agaron@...>.

      Jenna Young, agente des communications de l�APN,
      613-241-6789, poste 401, 613-314-8157 ou jyoung@...<mailto:jyoung@...>

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