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Rising Sun |  October 2018
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Ndio!

With the first signs of autumn on our doorstep, everything around us is in motion. The end of the summer holidays is giving way to the start of the school year and the realization of many community projects!
At its Annual General Assembly, the FNQLHSSC presented its annual report as well as the priority projects for 2018-2019. This also provided an opportunity to officially launch the results of the Regional Health Survey. As you will see, data is an important tool to assist you in monitoring the health status of the population you serve.

In this newsletter, you will also find the results of the survey conducted among First Nations communities and organizations in order to develop a profile of the research priorities. This profile will serve to direct future work and guide researchers who show an interest in collaborating with the First Nations in Quebec.
In addition, I encourage you to read the articles focused on children and youth such as the customary adoption guide, the evaluation on the projects carried out with the funding provided by Avenir d’enfants, the highlights of the National Jordan's Principle Summit and the first gathering of youth and seniors. Make sure you also check out the advertisements for the third edition of Early Childhood Week that will be held on November 18-24, 2018. Many activities are planned, including an increased participation of First Nations and Inuit in The Grand Rally for the Little Ones that will be held on November 20 and 21 in Québec City, during which the Declaration of the Rights of First Nations Children will be presented by the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.

The month of October also marks the coming into force of the Cannabis Act across Canada. Despite the concerns that remain, we must nonetheless ensure access to tools and training to accompany stakeholders in their support and service offers. To this end, the regional working group on addiction is actively working on the development of an information package that will soon be available.
On behalf of the entire team, I wish you a wonderful fall season with quality time spent with your families during the cultural weeks!

Önenh!


Marjolaine Siouï, Executive Director

QUEBEC FIRST NATIONS' HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES GOVERNANCE PROCESS

The governance model is being finalized and work continues

 Since the validation of the health and social services governance model by the First Nations communities and organizations in November 2017, the third phase of the governance process has been underway. The purpose of this phase is to finalize the model, which will, among other things, make it possible to clarify the roles, responsibilities and functioning of each of its components in order to make it operational. Phase 3 will result in a concrete model that will be validated by the health and social services directors and then submitted to the Chiefs-in-Assembly for adoption in 2020. (Contd)

The health and social services governance process is part of an approach aimed at strengthening First Nations self-governance.

The communities have found that the current model of First Nations health and social services governance does not meet the needs of First Nations in Quebec. Therefore, the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador entrusted the FNQLHSSC with the mandate to coordinate the development of a governance model that is adapted to the needs and context of First Nations in Quebec and that fosters self-determination. It is referred to as the health and social services governance process.

The process is guided by the vision adopted by the Chiefs of the AFNQL in 2014:
Through our self-determination, a global and concerted approach, individual and collective commitment, we will be healthy people connected to Mother Earth and our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being will be balanced.

For more information, please consult the
website.
A WEALTH OF INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY DECISION-MAKERS

The FNQLHSSC took advantage of its last Annual General Assembly, held last July, to launch the results of Phase 3 of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS). This survey is the result of collaborative work between the FNQLHSSC and First Nations in Quebec. Nearly 3,000 respondents from 21 First Nations communities participated in this Survey. (Contd)

The Research Sector offers a series of columns on themes that are at the heart of First Nations. Their purpose is to inform you and present to you the results of the population surveys conducted by the FNQLHSSC, in close collaboration with the First Nations communities in Quebec.
 
EDUCATION: AN IMPORTANT DETERMINANT OF HEALTH

There are many ways to measure and discuss education. For example, here is what is presented in the RHS education booklet – Phase 3: school attendance, school path, education, learning problems, employment, income and health. These measurable characteristics are interrelated, which makes it possible to compile a complete portrait of the educational situation of First Nations. (Contd)
THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS COMES INTO EFFECT IN OCTOBER

Starting October 17, 2018, cannabis will be officially legal in Canada.

To help the communities prepare for this new reality, the FNQLHSSC and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) have held several regional meetings and consultations, the last of which was the regional meeting on cannabis, held on May 14 and 15, 2018. (Contd)

HOW CAN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES GET READY?

In May 2018, more than 80 interveners and representatives from 25 First Nations communities and several organizations (the Youth Network, the Institut Tshakapesh, Quebec Native Women, treatment centres, Native Friendship Centres, etc.) took part in a regional meeting entitled Cannabis: A Topic that Concerns Us All. During this meeting, participants voiced their concerns about the legalization of cannabis and identified avenues for education and prevention efforts for First Nations. Participants emphasized the importance of involving all stakeholders and working with leaders, band administrators, elders and youth, schools, the police forces, interveners and all the communities’ members. (Contd)

QUEBEC FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT FACULTIES OF MEDICINE PROGRAM
REGIONAL MEDICAL STAFFING PLAN (PREM) FOR PHYSICIANS IN QUEBEC

The Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program (QFNIFMP) was created in 2008. Since then, 44 students have been admitted to this program and received training in one of the four faculties of medicine in Quebec. (Contd)

TO ADD TO YOUR AGENDA
THE 3rd EDITION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD WEEK

From November 18 to 24, 2018, Early Childhood Week will be in full swing throughout Quebec for the third year in a row. Early Childhood Week, which involves many partners who work with children and families, aims to engage the entire population around early childhood to make it a priority. (Contd)

A NEW VERSION OF THE BOYS - THE GIRLS BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE

The FNQLHSSC is pleased to announce the publication of the new version of the pamphlet titled The Boys – The Girls. The contents, which have been updated and enhanced, will appeal to young people, their parents and community stakeholders.

You will find a wealth of information on the physical and psychological changes that occur during adolescence. In addition, we have created a central section addressing themes that affect both boys and girls, including sexual diversity, first sexual relations and the prevention of STBBIs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to order copies of the pamphlet!

GUIDE FOR INDIGENOUS DEFENDANTS

A new French-language resource is available to answer your questions on the Quebec judicial system: guide d’information juridique d’Éducaloi sur les droits des personnes autochtones accusées (Éducaloi’s new legal information guide on the rights of Indigenous defendants).

Designed to answer defendants’ questions, this guide was written as questions and answers about various real-life situations that someone may come up against in the judicial process.

You might also use certain of the guide’s chapters for group activities (e.g. a breakfast seminar about one’s rights when dealing with the police). (Contd)

CALL FOR INTEREST
 

Replacement of Indigenous Services Canada’s Electronic Service Delivery Reporting Template (e-SDRT) application with the information management system I-CLSC in the non-agreement First Nations communities of Quebec

Under First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)’s First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care program (FNIHCCP), communities are required to fulfill mandatory reporting requirements.

 

To do so, they are collecting and uploading client service information to the Electronic Service Delivery Reporting Template (e-SDRT) database. (Contd)

THE AGIR TÔT WEBSITE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
 

The Agir tôt website is now available in English
The place for sharing concerted early childhood action—www.agirtot.org—now contains English-language content. Developed by Avenir d’enfants, this website contains information and tools on the importance of: prevention, child development, the ecosystemic partnership approach, protection factors, the work with parents, the Perspectives parents initiative and early childhood community projects in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal settings. Part of the content has been translated into English. To find out more, go to www.agirtot.org/english.
For French-language content, please visit: www.agirtot.org.
 

 

A GREAT GET-TOGETHER FOR CULINARY CHEFS IN QUÉBEC CITY AND FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT REPRESENTATIVES
 

Last August, the FNQLHSSC was pleased to take part in the second edition of the gastronomic event “À la rencontre des grands chefs,” organized by Québec Aboriginal Tourism at the Château Frontenac.

Quebec’s 11 First Nations were represented and were teamed up with some of the National Capital’s top chefs. They joined their efforts to create an appetizer respectful of the traditions of the different nations showcasing local products. (Contd)

 

 

 

REPORT ENTITLED SUMMARY, IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE AGREEMENT  BETWEEN FNQLHSSC AND AVENIR D'ENFANTS

In september 2018, the FNQLHSSC published the report entitled Summary, Impact Assessment of the Agreement between FNQLHSSC and Avenir d’enfants.

Over the last few years, the Agreement has allowed us to support the implementation of many community projects for the overall development of children ages 0–5 and their families. In all, 25 First Nations communities benefited from support and funding under this partnership. (Contd)




 

WHAT IS JORDAN'S PRINCIPLE?

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan died at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in his family home because the province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his at-home care.

On January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to cease all discrimination against First Nations children and required it to implement Jordan’s Principle within the full scope of its definition.(Contd)

Although the proportion of smokers in the First Nations communities decreased by one-third between 2008 and 2015, according to data from the First Nations Regional Health Survey (booklet on smoking), more than one-third of the population over 12 years old still smokes. Therefore, there is still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness regarding the devastating effects of smoking and to support those who smoke in their quest for change leading to smoking cessation. (Cont)
2020 NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENEOUS GAMES (NAIG) IN HALIFAX

IT'S ALREADY TIME TO RECRUIT COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES AND TEAM MANAGERS

The last NAIG were held in Toronto, in the summer of 2017, where team Eastern Door and the North (EDN) shined through its medals, performances, sustained efforts and team spirit! a delegation of 292 athletes ages 12 to 19 from 28 First Nations communities in Quebec participated in the most prestigious athletic and cultural competition in North America. Team EDN enjoyed an impressive performance with a total of 77 medals allowing it to finish fourth in the medal standings behind British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. (Contd)

SOME GOOD NEWS!
ACCESS TO CERTAIN MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL EQUPMENT THROUGHT THE NIHB PROGRAM HAS BEEN IMPROVED!

Withdrawal of prior authorization for certain items for mobility and personal care

The following items no longer require prior approval when they are provided within Program price and frequency guidelines:

• Bath chair

• Commode, standard

• Elevated raised toilet seat with arms (Contd)

RECOGNITION OF CUSTOMARY ADOPTION AND TUTORSHIP

TOOLS TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES

 Since June 16, 2018, the effects of customary adoption and tutorship have been recognized by the Quebec government. In June, the FNQLHSSC distributed a reference guide among the communities. The purpose of this guide is to support the communities in setting up the competent authority and explain the different components and the procedures to follow to ensure recognition for customary adoption and tutorship. The reference guide is available on the FNQLHSSC’s website. (Contd)

REGIONAL PORTRAIT OF RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR FIRST NATIONS IN QUEBEC

From April 3 to May 22, 2018, the FNQLHSSC conducted an online consultation with the communities, Native Friendship Centres and First Nations organizations. Its aim was to target on the regional level the activity areas, focuses and research subjects that are priorities for First Nations in Quebec. (Contd)

The mission The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services
Commission (FNQLHSSC) is to improve the health and wellness of First Nations in Quebec through sustainable partnerships, while supporting the development of culturally appropriate governance models. The FNQLHSSC receives mandates from its annual general assembly, its Board of Directors and the AFNQL. (Contd.)
A FIRST SUMMIT ON JORDAN'S PRINCIPLE (Read the text)

BREAKING ISOLATION, SHARING MEMORIES AND CONTRIBUTING TO EVERYONE'S WELLNESS 
THE FNQLHSSC WAS PRESENT AT THE GATHERING OF INNU AND NASKAPI ELDERS FROM QUEBEC AND LABRADOR
(Read the text)

THE CENTRE MIHAWOSO PROJECT IN MANAWAN MUST BE APPROUVED - DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHILDREN'S FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS MUST BE STOPPED (Read the FNQLHSSC 's news release)

CALL FOR PROJECTS ON CULTURE AND INCLUSION PROGRAM (More information)

NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL COLLABORATING CENTERS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH  (Website)

Since August, CATHERINE LAVERGNE, RD, has served as Nutrition Advisor in the health team. She holds a bachelor’s in nutrition from the Université de Moncton. She worked in pediatric rehab at the IRDPQ in Québec City and at the Centre de Réadaptation Interval in Trois-Rivières. In January 2018, she started a master’s in health service administration at the Université Laval. (Contd)


Did you know that the FNQLHSSC has a virtual documentation centre? (Contd.)

Visit your documentation centre now and discover more than 1,500 titles dealing with various topics affecting First Nations.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
OCTOBER 16 and 17, 2018
Parent support in prenatal and postnatal period and pregnancy monitoring  

OCTOBER 23 to 252018
Nishkat meeting network

OCTOBER 24 and 252018
Regional meeting - First Nations sport and physical activity

NOMERBER 6 to 82018
First Nations child and family services regional round table
 
NOVEMBER 20 to 222018
Regional working group of First Nations treatment centers directors (RWGFNTCD)

NOVEMBER 20 and 212018
Board meeting

DECEMBER 5 and 62018
Regional meeting on governance project

JANUARY 22 to 242018
Health dierctors' network meeting
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD WEEK
NOVEMBER 18 to 242018
TO BE AWARE OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES ORGANIZED BY THE FNQLHSSC
consult the event calendar.

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