KIM is working towards an agreement in principle with the federal and provincial governments to take on the design and delivery of certain aspects of the health care system in the north. The agreement in principle will be followed by a legally binding framework agreement which will formalize a new arrangement for transforming healthcare and the transfer of some of the functions of FNIHB MB on behalf of 23 northern First Nations. KIM will continue to influence change within Manitoba’s provincial health care system and its regional health authorities, as a new First Nations led health entity modelled on other regional entities such as the BC First Nations Health Authority and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority in Ontario.
The timeframe for these agreements is from now to the end of March 2024, extending into the
years beyond for the more detailed implementation agreements.
From Government of Canada regarding HSIF (click for additional details):
The Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF) is an initiative supporting collaborative planning and multi-year projects aimed at better meeting and health-care needs of First Nations and Inuit.
Through HSIF, Indigenous Services Canada is working with other provincial, territorial and First Nations and Inuit organizations to:
- Improve First Nations and Inuit access to health services through cross-jurisdictional collaborative initiatives
- Improve the service-level integration of federally, provincially, and territorially funded health programs and services for First Nations and Inuit
- Adapt the respective territorial or provincial governments’ health programs and services to better serve First Nations and Inuit
- Integrate traditional First Nations and Inuit healing methods and cultural practices into the health system
- Support the collaboration of First Nations and Inuit with partners in the planning, delivery and management of health programs and services
- Build the capacity of Indigenous peoples to control the design, delivery and management of health programs and services