RHS Regional Partners
The RHS Regional Partners are an essential and valued part of the FNIGC survey process. The following organizations and individuals are responsible for the administration of the RHS in their respective regions.
Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (Alberta)
The Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC) is the regional centre in Alberta for the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC). The AFNIGC was established by the Alberta First Nations of Treaty No. 6, Treaty No. 7 and Treaty No. 8 to meet Alberta First Nations Information Governance needs, with accountability back to leadership. The AFNIGC promotes, protects and advances the First Nations Principles of OCAP™, the inherent right to self-determination, and jurisdiction in research and information management.
First Nations Health Authority (British Columbia)
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada. In 2013, the FNHA assumed the programs, services, and responsibilities formerly handled by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region. Our vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC's First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.
Maya Nakajima, RHS Regional Coordinator (Interim)
First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba
The First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (or Nanaandawegimig, which mean “Healing Place”) was created in 2014 and functions under the direction of the Chiefs-in-Assembly and a Board of Directors. It works with the 60 Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs member First Nations, seven tribal councils, and PTOs in Manitoba and is structured and mandated to pursue tripartite collaboration for a unified health system in Manitoba. 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.
Chiefs of Ontario
The Chiefs of Ontario is a coordinating body for 134 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario. The purpose of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to enable the political leadership to discuss regional, provincial and national priorities affecting First Nation people in Ontario and to provide a unified voice on these issues. The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting the First Nations of Ontario. The Chiefs of Ontario office has become a vehicle to facilitate discussions between the Ontario government and First Nation people of Ontario.
Union of New Brunswick Indians (New Brunswick)
The objectives of the Union of New Brunswick Indians (UNBI) includes fostering and promoting self-determination of the Indian People of New Brunswick in the presence of all of their Aboriginal, treaty, and residual rights.
Hazel Atwin, RHS Regional Coordinator
Dene Nation, Denendeh National Office (Northwest Territories)
Formerly the Indian Brotherhood of the NWT, the purpose of the Dene Nation is to retain sovereignty of the Dene Nation by strengthening the Dene and Dene spiritual beliefs. The organization was formed in 1970 to address concerns about Treaties 8 and 11. It continues to negotiate with the federal government on behalf of the Dene Nation.
Union of Nova Scotia Indians (Nova Scotia)
The Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI) is a tribal organization that provides political leadership and a unified voice for the Mi'kmaq Naiton of Nova Scotia. The Union works to improve the welfare and well being, and economic and social conditions of Nova Scotia Indians. UNSI promotes the rights and interests of Indian People, and initiates programs for their advancement.
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Service Commission (Quebec and Labrador)
In the context of a holistic approach, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Service Commission (FNQLHSSC) promotes, supports and ensures (assists) First Nations and Inuit communities in the improvement of our global health and well-being, to live our lives to the fullest in positive and creative lifestyles. Its mission is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being of First Nation and Inuit individuals, families and communities in respect of their local autonomy and culture. By helping the communities that wish to initiate, develop and promote comprehensive health & social programs and services as designed by First Nations and Inuit organizations recognized by our First Nations and Inuit.
Jonathan LeClerc, RHS Regional Coordinator
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (Saskatchewan)
The mandate of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) includes: the protection of Treaties and Treaty Rights; fostering progress in the economic, education and social endeavors of First Nation People; co-operation with civil and religious authorities; the adherence to democratic procedure; and the promotion of respect and tolerance for all people. The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan and is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
Council of Yukon First Nations (Yukon)
The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) is the central political organization of the First Nations of the Yukon. It houses a number of departments, programs and Councils, including the Health and Social Development Department, which coordinates all issues and activities pertaining to health development within CYFN.
Bonnee Bingham, RHS Regional Coordinator