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Community Engagement

First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) - Nanaandawewigamig, with support from Health Canada – First Nation Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) have commenced a 3-year First Nations Community Engagement Initiative, entitled First Nations Coming Together: A Community Engagement Framework, with First Nation communities, Provincial Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Tribal Councils (TC) in Manitoba. 

The goal for the community engagement is to inform three key areas that will shape our organizational structures, functions, and priorities:

  • Supporting First Nations to determine their own knowledge processes to lead improvements in health

  • Defining the structures and processes of FNHSSM to ensure that the regional organization functions to influence positive developments and opportunities at the community level

  • Determining the goals and objectives for engagement with the Province of Manitoba and Federal government as it relates to collaboration and tripartite actions that will support First Nation governance and funding requirements for the delivery of health and wellness services to First Nations.



  • Obtained 29 Band Council Resolutions/Letters of Support and engaged with 57/63 First Nations in Manitoba with Community engagement sessions, forums, and/or gatherings.

  • Southern Forums: Brandon & Winnipeg Engagement Forum – February and March 2017

  • Manitoba First Nations Health Directors Gatherings – October 2016 and April 2016

  • Northern Forums: Thompson & Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas) Engagement Forum – March 2018

  • Manitoba First Nations Health Directors Gathering – March 2018

  • Presented to various tables, including the Manitoba First Nations Health Technical Network

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Overview of Dialogue with First Nations community members, Health Directors, leadership and partners, which will result in a paper. 


The three themes that have been identified to focus the paper on are:

  • Health Governance and Unity Dialogue

  • Primary, Public and Traditional Health Care

  • Understanding Processes and Navigating through the Health Care system. 


Other chapter topics in the discussion paper will include:

  • Understanding Health and Wellness of First Nations in Manitoba

  • Health Laws, Policies, Legislations, Acts, Resolutions, and Legal Documents

  • Other FN Models in Canada:

    • British Columbia  – First Nations Health Authority

    • First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission Health and Social Services Governance Process,

    • Ontario - Sioux Lookout – Mino Ya Win Health Centre and Sioux Lookout Health Authority

    • Alberta – Health Co-Management Framework

    • Saskatchewan - Fort Qu’Appelle – All Nations Healing Hospital and File Hills Qu’Appelle Health Services


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Amanda Meawasige,

Director Engagement and Ingergovernmental Relations

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Vanessa Tait

Policy Analyst / Researcher

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Erin Egachie

Administrative Assistant

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