Native chiefs to delay reforms, ask for debate
BILL CURRY - March 29, 2006
Ottawa -- Final sign-off from native chiefs on reforms such as an aboriginal auditor-general and a one-person-one-vote system for electing the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will have to wait until at least July, as chiefs opted to strike a new panel to hammer out the details.
Chiefs from across the country wrapped up a three-day meeting in Gatineau a day early by giving full consensus to a general motion stating that the details of the proposals should be debated in the regions before a possible decision at the next meeting of chiefs in Vancouver in July.
National Telehealth Working Group Meets to Discuss Telehealth Strategy
The Assembly of First Nations have identified Telehealth as a tool that can be utilized to address quality of life issues for First Nations people.
At the National Telehealth Strategy meeting held in Ottawa March 22 and 23, First Nations involved in Telehealth programs from across the country met to discuss how to support the AFN in delivering this message to governments and communities.
The importance of validating Telehealth's health benefits is required to ensure long term funding and sustainability of Telehealth programs. Priorites identified for research include: How is Telehealth impacting wait times? How is Telehealth impacting social outcomes and determinants of health issues? Quality of life issues as well as access and equity were discussed as health needs that are directly addressed through community based, First Nations directed Telehealth Programs.
KOTH presented an overview of the communtiy based model and told the stories of how the region is utilizing Telehealth to address disparities in health access for First Nations communities.
Future Initiatives include:
The parents of Max Kakegamic, who was killed on the streets of Kenora more than five years ago, are appealing to the chief coroner’s office for an inquest.
By Mike Aiken
Miner and News
Thursday March 30, 2006