Mandate: The Health Division works with the members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation to assist, advice, advocate and provide access to health. To ensure that First Nation living in remote, rural communities receive quality health care.
Mission: The mission of Athabasca Tribal Council is, “To enhance and promote the general well-being of our people by providing programs, services and opportunities.” The Athabasca Tribal Council Health Division will assist First Nation in accessing health services gain knowledge and new skills for healthy living. Health living is “feeling vital; having a good social relationship and feeling in control of one’s life; being able to do the things which one enjoys; having a sense of connection to a community and its members. Being healthy depends on determinates of Health and it encompasses the total environment of good education, housing, justice, and level of income and health services.
Objective: To establish a network of systems of partnership and linkages; promote health awareness; health prevention; promote training and support services; develop and implement innovative strategies; ensure accountability of resources by continued utilization and improvement of standards and practices.
Programs: The Athabasca Tribal Council Health Division works with First Nation members in the following health programs: Medical Transportation, Aboriginal Interpreting /Liaison, Indian Residential School Support, Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Programs and General Health services.
General Health Services: The Athabasca Tribal Council works across jurisdictions with the Federal, Provincial Government and other Stakeholders to provide other health services for the First Nations in the region.
(a) Work with First Nation Inuit Health in the delivery of: (1) Non-Insured Health Benefits Program, (2) Influenza Pandemic Planning, (3) Review of Health Policy (4) and a variety of other health programs.
(b) Work closely with Treaty 8 First Nation of Alberta and Health Canada: Under a special Co-Management Agreement through the Health Commission. – Health is a Treaty Right!
Contact Athabasca Tribal Council Health Division:
Director of Health
Phone: 780-791-6538 –Ext: 222
Medical Transportation Program:
This is a federally funded program to provide assistance to First Nation members living in the ATC Region, by administering health services through the Medical Referral Services which are provided to Status Indians by providing meals, accommodation and transportation for patients arriving from the outlying communities and in the City of Fort McMurray. Medical Transportation personnel deals with the logistics involved in getting First Nation members to hospitals via air transportation, ground transportation. Basically the staff work with the clientele to ensure health services is complete through to discharge from the hospital.
For Medical Transportation Program, contact:
Phone: 780-791-6538 – Ext. 238
Phone: 780-791-6538 Ext. 236
EDMONTON REFERRAL 1-800-514-7106
Aboriginal Interpreting/Liaison Program
This program is funded through an agreement between the Federal, Provincial Governments and is responsible for providing interpreting/liaison services at Northern Lights Health Region. Athabasca Tribal Council in partnership with the Government administers the program to protect the health and safety of the First Nation patient by ensuring that the highest quality of services is provided in timely, reliable, professional and confidential manner to provide comfort to the patient. Furthering assistance is given in case conferencing with hospital staff by accompanying medical team on rounds, interpret cultural and language difference. Discharge planning to include travel arrangements, prescription understanding, return appointments and referral patients to appropriate services is closely monitored by the worker in collaboration with the Athabasca Tribal Council Transportation program personnel.
For Aboriginal Interpreting/Liaison Program, contact:
Indian Residential School Support Program
This program is provided by First Nation Inuit Health which offers support program to First Nation former students of Indian Residential School which is administered by the Athabasca Tribal Council Health Division. The program provides counseling, emotional support and cultural support and will also assist in completing Common Experience Payment forms and the Independent Assessment Forms.
If you attended an Indian Residential School and you and your family may be eligible to receive health support services. The worker can refer you to seek former counseling either from a therapist or through traditional healing methods by a recognized Elder in your area or within Alberta. The program offers emotional support as well as interpreter services as required during court hearings. We will assist you in completing the Common Experience Payment (CEP) (IAP) forms.
If you experienced extreme physical or sexual abuse while attending and Indian Residential School and that it has affected your livelihood and feel that you qualify for further compensation, then we encourage you to contact a lawyer. We will refer you to a lawyer to assist you in completing the or Independent Assessment process (IAP) form. The IAP secretariat will review your claim along with an adjudicator to determine the severity of the abuse followed by a hearing. The compensation is determined by a payment grid.
If you want to share your story, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established in June 2008, has a mandate to document stories from ‘survivors’ and legacy that has affected First Nation communities throughout Canada.
For Indian residential School, please Contact:
Phone: 780-791-6538 Ext: 222
Aboriginal Health Transition Fund
This program is federally funded to enhance Primary Health Services, is a two-year initiative from (2008 to 2010). This program seeks to improve health programs and services to serve the needs of Aboriginal peoples in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health programs and services.
The Athabasca Tribal Council Health Division work closely with each community on the following initiatives:
Increased training of First Nation – health related positions: – Increased access to distance education, career health fairs, information sessions, videoconferencing with health professionals.
Enhanced telehealth equipment and capabilities: – Making sure all telehealth equipment is up and running in each Community.
Increased clinical telehealth programming: – Based on community needs, different programming will become available through Telehealth.
Increased primary health prevention and promotion services, including increased human resource capacity: – Provide health information specific to each community such as nutrition and the use of video conferencing to create awareness on health programs.
Increase access to mental health services – to identify ways to increase mental health services to the communities, through videoconferencing and or on-site professional service.
Increased access to dental services: – Establish ongoing access to dentist in the First Nation communities and work to increase the scope of the existing dental prevention program.
Increased access to Nurses positions, and Nurse Practitioner services: – Increase recruitment activity for a nurse practitioner and plan for an intergrated program with Federal and Provincial government.
Increased access to physician services: – Establish ongoing physician access to First Nation communities.
Other project components: The project will also include the following aspects:
Continued development and facilitation of partnership with stakeholders.
Continued community consultation and participation in the planning and delivery of appropriate primary health services.
Implement change management.
Evaluation of the program.
For Aboriginal Health Transition Fund, please contact:
Training & Development Coordinator
Phone: 780-791-6538 Ext: 243