Representation from Grand Council Treaty #3 has met with representatives of Ontario’s Premier’s Council, to provide input and recommendations to improve health-care in the region. The parties met in Toronto on Monday.

The Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine was convened on October 3, 2018 for a three-year term. It aims to identify strategic priorities and actions that will lead to an overall improved health care system in the province, on behalf of Premier Doug Ford and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Across the Treaty #3 territory, Grand Council Treaty #3 has reported lower-than-average infant mortality rates, high levels of diabetes, high levels of cancer, high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, high levels of childhood obesity, low birth weights, among others.

“I believe that we are moving in the right direction in terms of providing valuable input and recommendations to the provincial and federal government from our experienced people sitting on the Keewatin Table,” said Dr. Alex Petiquan, who is a member of the Health Experts Advisory, which provide guidance, expertise and support to the Keewatin Table.

One of the main issues discussed at the meeting included whether First Nations, and particularly remote First Nations statistics, were being addressed accurately in the report. Issues such as alleged racism in the health-care sector, and the use of cultural practices were discussed, as was the lack of infrastructure in First Nation communities and the importance of heli-pads for quicker access to health centres.

Grand Council Treaty #3 also presented an update on the first phase of their GIS mapping system, that tracks such data as proximity to nearest healthcare centres and long-term care homes, emergency wait times and other vital health services that will be accessed by users.

Regional Health organizations such as the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, Fort Frances Area Tribal Health Services, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig, Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council and Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre also provided updates from their regions. They included priorities as physician recruitment, primary care and community care initiatives

Next steps for the Premier’s Council include engaging with key stakeholders on the findings of the first interim report, including challenges and emerging themes to support the development of solutions in their second report.

For more information:
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Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain - Report

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