According to Global News, there is a several year agreement for funding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, or the STC, in order to improve the services for the Indigenous peoples “in and around the city.

The reportage stated, “Provincial government officials said Monday the these programs provide education, supplies, and supports to people who use drugs, reducing the spread of blood-borne infections, and other health-related harms.”

These remain significant and, potentially, growing problems throughout the country. The introduction of improved harm reduction measures will, as per the robust empirical and peer-reviewed evidence, make the health and wellness outcomes of the nation better in these areas as well.

The STC will also hire casual staff for needle exchanges, 2 outreach workers, one immunization/administrative co-ordinator, and 1 health centre director.

The STC Chief, Mark Arcand, stated, “We look forward to ensuring preventative harm reduction measures that are delivered in a culturally safe and respectful manner… We and our partners agree that a collaborative approach is necessary if we are to reduce the rates of HIV and hepatitis C in Saskatchewan. Together we can and will affect real change which enriches people’s quality of life.”

In addition to this, the Minister of Indigenous Servces, Jane Philpott, noted 30 First Nations communities now provide various harm reduction services. This is particularly heartwarming and important as most of the ill-health impacts of the country disproportionately negatively impact the Indigenous communities and peoples throughout the nation.

Philpott, in a press release, stated, “We know that First Nations-led and delivered programming and services can have the biggest impact on improving health outcomes for Indigenous peoples… This new funding agreement will allow for expanded access to more First Nations people in Saskatoon and surrounding communities, and will support a full range of harm reduction and HIV/AIDS care services.”

Now, the Indigenous Services Canada will give $0.825 million from October, 2018 to April, 2024; same with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Then the STC will contiute $50,000 for 2018/19 and $100,000 per annum until March, 2024.

Indigenous Services Canada and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health will each contribute $825,000 between October 2018 and April 2024 to STC’s program, plus an additional $180,000 this fiscal year for STC. STC will provide in-kind contributions of $50,000 for 2018-19 and $100,000 annually to March 2024.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is also providing $180,000 this fiscal year toward STC’s program.

References

Piller, T. (2018, December 3). Saskatoon Tribal Council improving harm reduction services. Retrieved from https://globalnews.ca/news/4723106/saskatoon-tribal-council-improving-harm-reduction-services/.

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Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

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(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

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