Government, Indigenous leaders herald health agreement that will dismantle ‘colonial’ system –

Canada’s health minister, the province of Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation have signed a deal on health care, a “landmark” agreement they say will begin the process of decolonizing the provision of care in the province’s north.

The three governments agreed to a series of principles that any First Nation-led health-care system must adhere to, while vowing to pool money to better address poor health outcomes in Ontario’s northern and remote reserves.

It is the first step in a longer process of turning over health care in northern Ontario to First Nations themselves, and allowing them to decide how best to spend money, staff nursing stations and provide care for people in need, the health ministers said Monday. Currently, the delivery of health care for status Indians is largely the responsibility of the federal government.

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