The Saskatchewan government has plans to merge 12 health regions into a single provincial health authority, but the Federation of Soverign Indigenous Nations wants to create their own health system.
Vice Chief Bob Merasty says the current health care system was not designed for the Indigenous population. He says it has “overwhelmingly failed our people”, and says the FSIN wants to create an Indigenous health system by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people.
The FSIN believes the province’s changes are primarily motivated by fiscal reasons and will lower the standard of care for everyone in the province.
Merasty says they want to see changes in on-reserve health care service, and says his people are given secondary treatment at community health clinics.
He also adds First Nations in BC and Ontario have been able to establish their own health care systems, and wants to see provincial or federal funding to create the system in Saskatchewan.