3.10.69 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [b]olster Indigenous health system navigators so they can provide dedicated support to Indigenous people and their families to specifically help them navigate services related to long-term and continuing care”
This new Mi’kmaw Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program is based on an agreement between Ottawa and the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. Through this program, the government is encouraging the emergence of Aboriginal “navigators” within the health care system.
“Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health Centre are introducing a new program that seeks to improve health care for Indigenous patients across the province. // The Mi’kmaw Indigenous Patient Navigator program is hiring eight navigators in regions throughout Nova Scotia. // The navigators will act as liaisons and support staff, helping to co-ordinate patient care for Indigenous peoples in the province, according to Aaron Prosper “
“The federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq chiefs on the transfer of federal health services. // Friday’s agreement with the 13 chiefs continues a process that will ultimately transform the design and delivery of health services for Mi’kmaq throughout the province. // “This is about making sure there is support from the province and the federal government to transform health-care delivery and reinstate self-determination in the delivery of health care to Mi’kmaq,” “
“In addition, the government will work with Indigenous partners to provide additional support for Indigenous health priorities: $2 billion over 10 years to address the unique challenges Indigenous Peoples face when it comes to fair and equitable access to quality and culturally safe health care services. […] These investments, on top of already significant funding, will help build a health care system that includes: access to high-quality family health services when they need them, including in rural and remote areas, and for underserved communities; a resilient and supported health care workforce that provides high-quality, effective, and safe health care services; […] access to home care and safe long-term care so Canadians can age safely and live in dignity”
“The Navigators are active in the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal regions. The team is currently comprised of one male and two female navigators. // Doctors of the World’s team of indigenous navigators is available by phone for mobile clinic partners and indigenous community members to: // Accompany Indigenous people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness who need to access services offered in the public health system ; // Provide support to teams from partner community organizations and medical teams in the public health system ; // To provide referrals or guidance. “
“Aboriginal navigators are people of Aboriginal descent who, while not health professionals, are responsible for accompanying people from Aboriginal communities experiencing homelessness. They facilitate their access to care by helping them navigate the complexity of the system to ensure quality care.” (Traduction”
“Indigenous Navigators provide support and advocacy for First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous patients and families by: facilitating and coordinating access to cancer services for palliative and supportive care addressing cultural and spiritual needs networking with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to make the cancer journey a culturally safe experience”