Engagement with First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples

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Establishing a Partnership

The Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the Central East LHIN have established a significant partnership that is benefiting the health, communities and the future of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples.

Through two advisory groups - the Central East First Nations Health Advisory Circle and the Central East LHIN Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples Health Advisory Circle, the Central East LHIN is receiving advice on a variety of topics reflecting on provincial and Central East LHIN priorities pertaining to the Indigenous communities represented.

A "Celebration of Partnership" event on September 30, 2010 saw representatives from the four First Nations, the Métis leadership and the Central East LHIN come together for a historic signing of the Terms of Reference for the two advisory groups. Our thanks to our media partners in Northumberland and Peterborough for attending this event and helping to spread the word about this achievement.

Please click on the links below to view a selection of photographs and a video courtesy of NorthumberlandView.ca.

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Working Together

The Central East LHIN estimates that the First Nation, Métis and Indigenous Peoples residing in the region represents about one percent of the total regional population. First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous People face a number of health issues and challenges and their health status is below that of the general population. First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous People have identified a number of barriers to receiving equitable access to health services including jurisdictional and funding issues, lack of sensitivity to their culture, and a lack of targeted programs that focus on their particular health needs.

One of the main goals of the Central East LHIN is to work with the First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples to improve their overall health status. The Central East LHIN is committed to working with all Indigenous communities to align health services with existing regional, provincial and federal health planning, health programming and service delivery systems to improve health outcomes.

Our Shared Story

The Central East LHIN First Nations Health Advisory Circle and the Central East LHIN Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples Health Advisory Circle have continued to meet on a quarterly basis since they were initiated.  From time to time, special meetings have been called to address specific issues such as mental health and addictions planning, working collaboratively with Central East Community Care Access Centre (CECCAC), and work plan development. Membership has steadily grown and through the respectful sharing of experiences and stories, closer relationships between the Central East LHIN and the Indigenous communities within its borders have developed. 

In accordance with the Terms of Reference, the Annual Joint Circle meetings have been held and well attended by both Circle and community members, LHIN staff and board members and health service partners and stakeholders.

Through this relationship, the LHIN has supported various projects and initiatives proposed by each of the planning circles such as the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CECCAC and the recruitment of an Aboriginal Navigator for the Central East Cancer Care Ontario site at Lakeridge Health. The LHIN also supported the provision of Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) equipment  to three of the four First Nations as part of Ontario’s Opiate Strategy in 2011/12.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the two advisory groups can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

For more information on the Central East First Nations Health Advisory Circle and the Central East LHIN Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples Health Advisory Circle, please contact Jai Mills at jai.mills@lhins.on.ca or call 1-866-804-5446.

For more information on the Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN) please click HERE.