AFN National Chief Congratulates FSIN and Governments for MOU on Health



    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Phil Fontaine congratulated the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
(FSIN) and the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada on the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve First Nations health in
Saskatchewan.
    "I am very pleased with the approach the three governments have
demonstrated in dealing with the issue of health in Saskatchewan. FSIN has
played a key role in bringing forward the concerns and issues of First Nations
in that province. This MOU will help close the gap in health care for First
Nations, give more control to First Nations while recognizing the treaty
relationship and will also promote the participation of First Nations in the
health care profession," National Chief Phil Fontaine noted. "Health care is a
significant concern for First Nation citizens and this type of agreement will
hopefully address some of the outstanding concerns about health programs and
services as well as emphasize the importance of the use of traditional
medicines for First Nations."
    The MOU was signed on August 19th in Fort Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan and
will establish a formal partnership of the three parties.
    This approach to partnership is what was envisioned in the AFN - Health
Canada Tripartite Policy Framework which noted the importance of planning,
partnership and support of First Nations in the design and delivery of
programs and services to First Nation communities.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Joan McEwen, Director of Communications, (613)
241-6789 ext. 242, cell (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca


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