A number of common themes were evident after four community visits by members of the SLFNHA Public Health Project.
The visits were part of the ongoing process to develop a Public Health Framework for First Nations in the Sioux Lookout area. As members of the public health project visited the communities, health workers from each community shared their perspectives and thoughts on what the framework could look like.
While views varied between each community, some commonalities were shared. Workers said that a public health framework should be wholistic in nature, be tailored to community health needs, and be mindful of the culture, traditions and practices of each community.
There was also strong support for integrating land -based practices and language into any public health system. Lastly, any approach taken on First Nations must be collaborative and inclusive.
One more community visit is planned for the Public Health Project in mid-July.
For more information about the project, please visit our Public Health page.