Aboriginal Community Engagement
Through provincial legislation, (LHSIA, 2006), the LHINs have a mandate to engage with First Nation, Inuit and Metis peoples to provide direction and input on the development and the delivery of health care services. By building mutually respectful relationships and through direct engagement with local Aboriginal communities and leadership, LHINS are able to facilitate new partnerships, resulting in more opportunities to adapt, enhance or build new culturally appropriate services.
Many LHINs have partnered with Aboriginal stakeholders to develop local Aboriginal advisory structures including:
- Health Service Providers
- Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Métis Nation, Métis settlements and councils;
- First Nations.
These Aboriginal led advisory groups provide direct recommendations and guidance to the LHIN around appropriate, respectful engagement and inclusion of Aboriginal/ First Nations in healthcare decision making. These advisory circles, networks and committees establish an accountability between the healthcare system and the Aboriginal communities so that key strategies, plans, and services can be identified and designed “by me, and not for me”, respecting the principles of self-determination in health for Aboriginal peoples in any and all decisions regarding the development of or provision of services for Aboriginal peoples.