Health & Social Secretariats 2017-01-09T18:21:39+00:00

Dene Health Mission Statement

“We, as First Nations accept full responsibility as keepers of Mother Earth to achieve the best quality of life and health for future generations based on our traditions, values, cultures and this will be achieved through the development of a health system model, research policy analysis, communication, and development of national strategies for health promotion, prevention, intervention and aftercare.”

The objectives of the Dene Nation’s Health Department is to inform and educate on health and social issues through prevention, promotion and cooperation with communities and government agencies, both territorial and federal.

Regional objectives continue to be established through the ongoing regional consultation process. This process is in accordance with regional goals and is coordinated through the Dene National Office.

The Dene Nation collaborates with the Denendeh Health Committee, Assembly of First Nations, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Health-Northern Region and the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Health and Social Services.

Coordination between regions, governments and communities is required to establish an effective integrated health model.  Community commitment along with funding commitments from governments will increase stability of programs and services and the ability to respond to health concerns.

Project geared at research on Aboriginal Health Careers in the NWT. This project will provide community members with an enhanced level of health support that is culturally appropriate within our communities. Promoting a higher interest and enrollment in health studies as career choices for Dene youth.
Has opened its doors in Ottawa and will be the permanent home of the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS). The centre will provide information, research, training, data collection, analysis and dissemination services to First Nations at the community, regional and national levels. Next step for FNIGC’s Regional Health Survey coming in spring 2014. The new website is
The First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey will be given to 250 First Nations communities across Canada. The field data collection will take approximately one year to complete with preliminary results from the survey ready in 2015. The training of community field workers will be the next step.
Non Insured Health Benefits Regional Round table will occur on February 13, 2014.The goal of these roundtables is to obtain regional input about the challenges with Non Insured Health Benefits, but most importantly, obtain regionally inclusive solutions and options on how we can implement these solutions.The AFN has by, direction of the National First Nations technician Network, the Chiefs Committee on Health, decided to undertake a renewed campaign to demand fundamental changes to the NIHB program and focus on creating a concrete plan of action in March 2014. Input and solutions derived from the ten regional Roundtables will feed into a policy position document/directional concrete action plan that can be used by communities, regions, leadership and others to take action on addressing disparities associated with NIHB.The action plan will also include the development of a legislative/legal strategy and a communications strategy utilizing both traditional and new media tools, and will explore partnerships with national associations and organizations to generate increased political pressure to move the plan forward.
The AFN 2013-2014 workplan includes identifying new cancer control resources needed at a national level.In an effort to identify priorities. The CPAC First nations Cancer Control in Canada Baseline report was released in 2013 and divided into categories:

  • Cancer Organizations and Strategies
  • Prevention and Education
  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Treatment and Palliation
  • Systems and Data Collection

The next step involves each region reviewing the document to see if there are additional programs and services that are not included in this chart.Once this is complete, this may help frame and further identify regional priorities and gaps.

To date a significant amount of work has been undertaken.In early October, 2013 a federal discussion took place that brought together close to 50 participants, including:members of the Advisory Committee, federal departments, such as:Health Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada,Justice Canada,Public Safety Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat and Employment and Social Development Canada.Participants came together to learn about the findings from regional discussion sessions and the national gathering and to talk about how federal departments can better work together and individually to support the implementation of the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.This draft framework was reviewed in November. After this Validation and Implementation meeting, the framework will be revised and on going validation will take place through regional networks, the AFN and with provinces and territories and other stakeholders in the process.The final document will be presented to the AFN Annual General Assembly in July 2014 for endorsement.
A one day workshop named “Knowledge Is Power” was held in Yellowknife on November 19th. The theme was focused on violence. Various agencies participated and shared information on combating violence. Dene Leadership Meeting on October 28th to October 31st –Community concerns regarding Health were brought forward. Presentations were presented by both Health Canada and NWT Health and Social Services. Given the community health issues they will be followed up in our next meeting.
The GNWT has developed an Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework outline involving 5 key Pillars and related goals to address poverty reduction. Priorities for action includes;Children and Family Support, Healthy Living and Reaching our Potential, Safe & Affordable Housing,Sustainable Communities and Integrated Continuum of Services.
A 2014 Symposium is taking place March 3rd and 4th in Yellowknife. This symposium is geared for health practioners that work with FAS individuals.