The term of the MOU is for up to five years, after which it will be re-evaluated by all parties
Alberta’s government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Siksika Nation that supports work to improve health outcomes and services for Nation members.
Under the agreement, Siksika Nation and Alberta Health have committed to work together to address and respond to gaps and issues with current health services.
“Alberta’s government is deeply committed to upholding the expectation that Alberta’s health-care system treats all patients with dignity and respect. By creating meaningful relationships and listening to our Indigenous partners, I am confident we can work collaboratively with Siksika Nation to ensure community members can access culturally appropriate health services where and when they need them, both on and off-reserve,"
- Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health for Alberta.
The MOU allows Siksika Nation to have increased control and access to quality health services, and an opportunity for the government to explore innovative health services with a First Nation partner.
“A tremendous strength of Siksika Nation is its extensive and effective range of health services. This relationship agreement with Alberta Health will further empower Siksika Nation to deliver comprehensive programming and services that are holistic, community-based, and put the health and wellness needs of Siksikawa first. Today’s signing represents an important step forward in Siksika Nation’s relationship with Alberta Health as we endeavour together towards equitable health outcomes."
- Nioksskaistamik, Chief Ouray Crowfoot of Siksika Nation.
The MOU is the first agreement in Alberta to include the use of the Blackfoot language. The agreement also acknowledges Siksika Nation Elder’s Guiding Principles and seeks to combat racism, and bring about positive and transformative change in health care for Siksika Nation.
Minister of Health Tyler Shandro also received the Blackfoot name Ksiistsikomipi’kssii meaning "Thunderbird" from Elder Clement Leather.