Was influenced by the spirit name that was given to the entity Nanaandawegimig meaning “Healing Place”
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Based on Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ Chiefs in Assembly Resolution JUL-13.08 Re: Interim Manitoba First Nations Health Incorporated Entity to Pursue Tripartite Collaboration for a Unified Health System: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chiefs in Assembly approve the following interim corporate entity: Manitoba First Nations Interim Health Secretariat (with the Chiefs in Assembly as the membership of the Incorporated entity and the Chiefs Task Force on Health to be the Board of Directors).
The goal of the First Nations Health & Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) is for First Nations in Manitoba to have increased opportunities to participate in: the planning & development of a Unified Health System in Manitoba; the influence of regional and national health policy, health systems and program development in areas including, but not limited to, health consultation, maternal child health, e-Health/Panorama, youth suicide, mental health, inter-governmental health, health & social determinants of health, health research, web-based home & community care training, health governance, and infrastructure support.
The FNHSSM will work with the 60 AMC member First Nations, 7 tribal councils, and PTOs in Manitoba, and it is structured and mandated to pursue tripartite collaboration for a unified health system in Manitoba. The FNHSSM was created in 2014 and functions under the direction of the Chiefs-in-Assembly and a Board of Directors. It will provide regular updates to the AMC Executive Council of Chiefs (ECC).
The objectives of the FNHSSM are to carry out business in the areas of health and social development for First Nations in Manitoba that are founded in the Treaty and inherent right to health and that are culturally appropriate, holistic, and community-based. To these ends, it will:
The FNHSSM mission is to support MFNs in achieving & maintaining total well-being by:
Within the FNHSSM, all department managers will report to the Director of Health, who will report to the Board of Directors. The Chairperson will provide regular updates to the ECC and will report, at least annually, to the Chiefs in Assembly for guidance, support and direction. Externally, the Director of Health will report to all funding bodies as outlined in funding arrangements.
The First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba’s logo was influenced by the spirit name that was given to the entity Nanaandawewigamig meaning “Healing Place”.
Holistically the logo represents health, healing, learning, growth, sacredness.
The inner circle is made up of several smaller circles in the form of four people with arms embraced. This symbolizes the Grandmother and Children.
The Grandmother represents spiritual guidance and carrying on traditions within our community and work in the Health and Social system.
The Children symbolizes partnerships in the process of improving the health within our communities; learning; unity in our partnerships and communities; diversity and strength.
The Feathers represent the 4 directions our people come from; wholeness; success; renewal and action.
The Directions of the four eagle feathers are symbolized for action along with our 4 sacred medicines including: tobacco – our first medicine; sage – the woman’s medicine; and sweetgrass and cedar our supporting medicines. Ensuring we include the Elders, Spiritual Leaders and Grandmothers for guidance and advice as we move forward.
The Medicines symbolize the rich history of our people, health, and knowledge. The Four Colours represent the community as a whole working together to achieve goals and balance.
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Phone: (204) 942-9400
Fax: (204) 946-9768
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Manitoba First Nation’s Health and Wellness Strategy: a 10-Year Plan for Action (hereon referenced as the Manitoba First Nations Health Strategy [MFNHS]) is built upon several years of research, political deliberation and direction by the First Nation leadership, community service and program providers, and technical working groups. The Manitoba Chiefs in Assembly gave life to the MFNHS through Resolution #JAN-05.01, passed at the AMC Special Chiefs Assembly on Health and Housing held January 2005 in Long Plain First Nation.