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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.

Current activities include:

Technical support to MKO and the First Nations in advocating for needed resources and systems accountability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current activities include:

Actively campaigning to encourage the uptake of flu vaccinations.

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About KIM

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. was established in 2020 as a First Nations-led aggregate health transformation entity by the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Chiefs Task Force on Health. We will work together with First Nations to transform health and wellness services and improve health outcomes for First Nations people.

Transformation was set in motion in partnership with MKO and will be guided by a three-part governance structure that will include: the Keewatinohk Inniniw Okimowowin Council of First Nations elected leaders; six First Nations regional caucuses; and a highly qualified, culturally proficient, and caring board of directors.

Dr. Barry Lavallee, as Chief Executive Officer, will bring their transformative vision into focus with a strong executive team of experts and staff supports.

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.