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Northern Peoples' Wellness

Established in January 2020 by the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Chiefs Task Force on Health to achieve health and wellness services that are reflective of the needs and priorities of First Nations people in Manitoba’s north.

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM) has created the following animated public service announcement to encourage First Nations to connect with their local healthcare providers to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, how to access them, and to make informed decisions based on facts from trusted health experts.

We are here for all people.

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. was funded in its formation by the federal government (FNIHB/ISC) beginning in 2017 and framed as MKO’s Clinical Care Transformation initiative. Since that time, and via partnerships, we have increased diagnostic care physician and specialist services; pediatrician and clinical psychology services to children via Jordan’s Principle, and mental wellness services. There is much more to be done including the scoping work to determine the depth and breadth of health and wellness transformation – and how far we must go together to ensure equitable and safe care for all First Nations people.

This week, the Northern Chiefs have made history. We are optimistic about the possibilities for real health transformation with the creation of the Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. We will develop the necessary partnerships and we will improve services and access to health services while continuing to hold the federal and provincial health systems and other systems to account.”

Grand Chief Garrison Settee

Respect for All People.