OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is
pleased to announce that Sagkeeng First Nation of Manitoba is
supporting the Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in
Canada, now endorsed by 133 organizations across the country.
The principles were developed in 2011 by the CMA and the Canadian Nurses
Association to guide the transformation of the health care system in
Canada. The goal is for Canada's public health care system to provide
quality care and to be sustainable, equitable, accountable and
patient-centred, with a greater emphasis on prevention. (Click here to see the principles.)
Sagkeeng is the second First Nation to endorse the principles this year.
The Dene Nation of the Northwest Territories signed on August 15.
"Quality of health care for First Nations should be paramount for all
stakeholders with the ability to make positive change,'' said Sagkeeng
Chief Donovan Fontaine. "We believe First Nations can achieve this
through collaboration and partnerships with health care professionals
CMA president Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti added: "All physicians know
that social determinants like poor housing and poor nutrition affect
people's health. We also know that First Nations and far too many
others do not receive the health care services they are entitled to
under the current framework."
"This is why these principles are so important. The CMA and now 133
other organizations believe countrywide support for the Principles to
Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada will establish the critical
mass needed to create the patient-centred health care system Canadians
In a report released in July, the CMA found that a comprehensive
strategy and supporting investments by the federal government are
needed urgently to improve the health of native Canadians in
partnership with non-government organizations and indigenous
"The struggle to achieve quality health care is vitally important not
just for First Nations but the entire country,'' said Chief Fontaine.
"And I urge other First Nation leaders to get on board and together we
can have a greater impact for positive results.''
Dr. Francescutti said the CMA and the other supporting organizations are
eager to welcome the support of more First Nations. "Their support is
critical to the transformation of the health care system.''
The Sagkeeng First Nation is an Anishinaabe First Nation which holds
territory east of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Sagkeeng, which
was once called Fort Alexander, has an on-reserve population of
approximately 3,000 people. Ojibwe is the name of the tribe that lives
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional
organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and
comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51
national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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