Celebrating the Transfer of Environmental Public Health Services to Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services

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FORT FRENCHTREATY TERRITORY 3, ON, June 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services mark Environment Week by celebrating Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services taking control of the delivery Environmental Public Health Services (EPHS) in the communities they serve.

The transfer of EPHS puts decision-making power in the hands of Indigenous governments and organizations, who can then make their own choices about how to deliver programs and services in their communities. Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services assumed responsibility for food safety, clean water, healthy housing, public facility inspections, waste and sewage management, disease control diseases and emergency preparedness and response for the following communities:

  • Mishkosiminziibiing First Nation
  • Couchiching First Nation
  • Chima’aganing First Nation
  • Mitaanjigamiing First Nation
  • Zhingwaako Zaaga’ Igan First Nation
  • Naicatchewenin First Nation
  • Ojibway of Onigaming First Nation
  • Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
  • Manidoo Baa Witi Gong First Nation
  • Naongashiing Anishinaabeg

ISC supports capacity development programs to enable communities to adapt plans to their culture and traditions. ISC core funding will continue to be provided through ISC Health Protection Programs to Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services to support the ongoing costs of providing services to First Nations while maintaining public health support as needed.

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“This transfer of environmental public health services gives Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services the ability to set program priorities based on their seven core values ​​for Mino ayawin (good health) in all ten First Nations communities. that they support. controlling services is essential to creating better outcomes for First Nations communities, and this transfer of services is a leading example that others can now follow. »

The Honorable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Environmental health plays an important role in all aspects of well-being. We have long recognized the connections between the health of the environment and the health of our people, which is strongly rooted in Anishinaabe traditions and cultural practices, as well as the responsibilities and relationships with the guidance and partnership of our Anishinaabe Nations. and Indigenous Services Canada, we are committed to an Indigenous-led environmental public health program under Southern Treaty 3 that meets the unique needs of each community and contributes to our vision. of Mino ayawin for life.”

Kayla Caul Chartier
Chief executive officer
Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services

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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada

For further information: Media may contact: Tarra Peterson, Executive Assistant, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, [email protected]; Alison Murphy, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, [email protected]; Media Relations, Indigenous Services Canada, 819-953-1160, [email protected]

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