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.