Grand Council Treaty #3 enables the 28 member communities to discuss and decide on regional, federal and national priorities affecting First Nations health, and to provide a unified voice on health issues affecting its citizens.

Mandate - Health Law Record of Decision

The National Assembly hereby direct the Ogichidaa and Social Sustainability Chiefs to:

  1. To consult with the Communities of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3 – Elders of the Nation, Regional Health Organizations, community health technicians and the treaty 3 health council to begin the process of developing a written health law that is consistent with traditional law and the spirit and intent of the Treaty signed October 3, 1873 at Northwest Angle
  2. To Obtain resources for this undertaking from all governments

The Treaty #3 Health Council will:

  • Provide a forum in which information, knowledge and technical expertise can be shared;
  • Support informed planning and decision-making by individual health programs and organizations, as well as local and regional leadership;
  • Promote a culture of proactive health policy development and program management;
  • Function within and support the context of government to government relationships; and
  • Enable leadership and communities to maximize currently available resources.

The Treaty #3 Health Council engages with communities, Tribal Councils, and organizations that are delivering programs to improve the health of First Nations citizens, coordinates health information and resources, and facilitates communication and consultation throughout the region.

Regularly scheduled meetings are held to share information and promote dialogue between Treaty #3 health staff, community-based personal and health technicians. Working groups or subcommittees will also be established as necessary to work on priority issues. The Health Council meets quarterly with the Chiefs Committee on Social Sustainability to provide information and recommendations to be brought forward to the Chiefs Assemblies. The Health Council’s outcomes will be measured by more programs and funding at the community level, and more involvement at the federal, provincial and regional level.

As an advocacy group, the Health Council keeps members advised about policies and changes to services that are initiated from the Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The goal is to provide a dialogue between health directors and Ministry personnel involving funding issues, denial of services, or the de-listing of covered services.

Grand Council Treaty #3 recognizes that there is a lack of healthcare professionals available to service local institutions, and advocate for the needs of Treaty #3 communities.

The Health Council faces challenges with providing updated healthcare information because the capabilities of the communities to receive information are so varied. There are also challenges surrounding access to healthcare due to distance and isolation. At times, emergency healthcare can be hours away. The Health Council provides advocacy for these border communities without access.

Download the Treaty 3 Mental Health Services Directory

First Nations Cancer Surveillance Project

The Health Council updates members on new reports and information from Cancer Care Ontario. The most recent initiative is the First Nations Cancer Surveillance Project – a collaborative initiative with Cancer Care Ontario.

Download the report here.