The Métis Nation Health Policy Session in Ottawa August 20-21, 2018, concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Canada for the development of a 10-year Accord that will identify the health needs of Métis people and ways in which the Government of Canada can support the Métis Nation in improving health outcomes for its citizens.
The 10-year Accord will address the following themes:
- Métis capacity to participate effectively in health care systems;
- Métis Nation research, surveillance, knowledge and evaluation;
- Métis Nation supplementary health benefits;
- Métis Nation participation in primary health and specialist care;
- Métis Nation home, community, long-term and palliative care models;
- Métis community and wellness hubs (i.e. Métis service/wellness access centres);
- Métis people within the health human resources sector;
- Healthy living and disease prevention and health promotion capacity;
- Cultural competency of the health care system;
- Intergovernmental coordination to adapt and to improve health care systems that reflect expanded roles of the Métis Nation;
- Climate change related health effects and risks mitigation, and associated data management; and
- Access to mental health supports.