The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to achieve better health outcomes for residents in Northwest Saskatchewan.
At a ceremony today at the MLTC Chief’s Chambers, senior representatives from SHA and MLTC signed a formal agreement establishing a framework in which the two sides will work collaboratively to maximize efforts to improve the health of First Nation’s people through diverse and targeted initiatives. This includes health promotion, tracking the determinants of health, and supporting efforts to access funds for new programs, services, and research.
Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) Chief Richard Ben (right) watches as
Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) CEO Scott Livingstone takes his turn signing a formal agreement between the SHA and MLTC during a ceremony in Meadow Lake September 23.
“We are committed to working with our partners to improve health outcomes for First Nations and Métis people,” CEO Scott Livingstone said. “Our organization understands that by working together through a path of mutual respect, we can move forward on our commitment to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation report.”
MLTC Tribal Chief Richard Ben signed on behalf of the nine First Nations that make up the Meadow Lake Tribal Council.
“MLTC is a willing partner in advancing the health care of our First Nation community members through this MOU, based on a respectful working relationship, responsive collaboration in our health systems, the results will be improvements in health status for our partnership community.”
The memorandum will provide a platform to address identified gaps in services, improve the health of First Nations citizens accessing health services and reducing systemic barriers impacting First Nations specific health.
Saskatchewan Health Authority members Beth Vachon, Vice President of Quality, Safety and Strategy; Gabe Lafond, Executive Director of First Nations and Metis Health; and Scott Livingstone, CEO, with a quilt made by one of the members of a Meadow Lake Tribal Council member bands to commemorate the MOU signing.