FNHMA and FNWACCB sign Memorandum of Understanding


FNHMA and FNWACCB sign Memorandum of Understanding

Vancouver, BC (September 25, 2014) – Today, the First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) and the First Nations Wellness/Addiction Counsellor Certification Board (FNWACCB) sign a Memorandum of Understanding / Partnership Agreement (MOU) that commits to undertake joint efforts in the development of strategies and initiatives intended to advance and improve First Nations’ health status.  The ororganizations will worktogether to advance and improve capacity development and education services available to First Nations executives, administrators, and managers.

The associations will address opportunities to collaborate and cooperate in three key areas:

  • Strategic Alliance Initiatives to advocate for the investment in human resources development and related training, accreditation and development for those employed or aspiring for management positions within wellness/addictions organizations.
  • Partnerships Initiatives to develop and deliver information, knowledge, training and development services that will benefit the members of both associations
  • Shared Services Initiatives to make best use of available resources between the parties to reduce duplications and generate economies of scale.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is a commitment to professional development and to contributing to capacity building in all areas of health.  We support training, certification, accreditation and professional development opportunities for not only health managers in health centres, but those in the addictions field or treatment centre environment as well. We look forwardto collaborating with likeminded organizations such as the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellors Certification Board that share our interests.”   -David McLaren, CFNHM, President FNHMA.

FNHMA is a national voluntary not-for-profit professional association that provides leadership in health management activities by developing and promoting quality standards, practice, research, certification and professional development to expand capacity for members and First Nations.

The FNWACCB was first created to meet and exceed existing competitive professional certification standards, as well as to satisfy the increasing accountability required by the federal government. In July 2010, Health Canada selected the FNWACCB as the national body which grants certification and ensures the maintenance of specific competencies among the First Nations Wellness and Addictions workforce in Canada. FNWACCB adheres to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which supports the Board’s core principle: that it is crucial that standards for certification of the Indigenous workforce be established by Indigenous peoples, for Indigenous peoples.


For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Marion Crowe, CFNHM, CAFM, FNHMAExecutive Director.

Contact: Marion Crowe, Executive Director
Cell: (613) 697-9690
Email: marion@fnhma.ca

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