The Health and Social Development Department coordinates and addresses issues and activities pertaining to health and social development within CYFN. The Department facilitates coordination and/or acts as a liaison and/or an advocate on health and social issues nationally, regionally and locally that affect Yukon First Nation’s health and well being. When appropriate, the department assists/guides Yukon First Nations to develop, implement and evaluate the delivery of health and social programs in their community. The Department also identifies needs and workable alternatives for health and social service delivery in conjunction with the First Nations Health and Social Development Commission, the Grand Chief and the Leadership Board.
The following are some of the projects and services – past and present – that the Health and Social Development Department delivers. If you would like more information on any of these projects, please contact Cheryl Scherman at 867-393-9240 or by email at Cheryl.Scherman@nullcyfn.net.
Resolution Health Support Workers Program and Cultural Support Program
This program is to assist former Indian Residential School students in the Independent Assessment Hearing Process. They provide emotional support before, during and after the hearing process. We have 3.5 RHSW’s to assist. We also bring together Health Canada, lawyers and other RHSW’s to increase communication and collaboration to improve services regularly.
Personal Education Credits:
Personal Education Credits for those who attended Indian Residential School:
The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement stipulates that once all Common Experience Payments (CEP) have been made, if more than $40 million remains in the Trust Fund, the funds are to be made available to CEP Recipients, upon application, in the form of non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000 each for educational purposes.
- CEP Recipients will be able to choose to transfer their Personal Credits to certain Family Members as defined in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Terms and Conditions;
- Terms and Conditions for Personal Credits have been developed by Canada and the Assembly of First Nations and by Canada and Inuit Representatives to determine which Education Entities and Groups and which Educational Programs and Services are eligible;
- Once the Personal Credits have been distributed, any amount remaining in the Trust Fund is to be paid to the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation to be used for educational programs.
CYFN Resolution Health Support Workers are available to provide emotional support. Please call 867-393.9216
Yukon First Nations Cancer Care Initiative
Cancer has been a priority for Yukon First Nations since 2007, when The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) helped facilitate discussions about cancer and how it affects First Nations people in the Yukon Territory. The Conversations on Cancer Parts 1, 2 and 3; and the Walk a Mile in My Moccasins documents were created as a result of these discussions and are being used to guide this project.
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has enabled CYFN to embark on a First Nations driven cancer care project. This endeavour will include many project partners that will help guide the process: the Yukon Government, Yukon Hospital Corporation, BC Cancer Agency, Saint Elizabeth FNIM Cancer Care Program, Yukon Métis Nation, a cancer survivor and a First Nations Elder representative.
Through this project, CYFN will work to make the cancer journey easier to navigate for First Nations people within Yukon, specifically in relation to diagnosis delivery and discharge planning. The work for this project will be focused upon until February 2017, aiming to advance the following outcomes:
- Education and training for more informed First Nation, and Métis patients
- Education and training for health care providers within Yukon to support better continuity of care from diagnosis to discharge
- Consistency in practices around diagnosis delivery and discharge planning
- Implementing a culturally meaningful way of supporting patients through diagnosis to discharge
- Development of a patient identification strategy.
The Yukon government in partnership with Canada Health Infoway is investing over $10 million dollars to improve health services for the citizens of the Yukon. Work has begun to develop a Yukon-orientated solution to implement the following three digital domains:
- Client Registry
- Drug Information System
- Laboratory Information System Connect
The eHealth project was officially launched in January of 2015 and since then, the domain-specific working groups have been focussed on defining the clinical specifications for the systems, connecting with the key stakeholders and ensuring that the systems that are implemented best meet the needs of patient care.
eHealth Summer 2015 newsletter e-Health Yukon newsletter, Summer 15
This person can assist individuals with difficulties going through the Non-Insured Health Benefits process. You can reach her at 867-393-9205 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working on Wellness
For more information on Working on Wellness (WoW), please click here.
On the WoW pages you will find a calendar complete with activities and accompanying resources about workplace wellness.
Aboriginal Health Human Resource Initiative
In 2008, the Health and Social Development Commission identified initiatives to be funded under the Aboriginal Health Human Resource Initiative (AHHRI). They were:
- Science Camp
- Cultural Orientation and Protocols Toolkit (later funded through the Health Service Integration Fund)
- Community Based Workers Training (CBW)
- First Nation Health Managers Training
- Situational Analysis of Health and Social Department Workplace Realities
- Promoting Health Careers through attending Health Fairs and community gatherings
- First Nation Health Career Role Model Advertisement Campaign (posters, radio ads, bus ads)
- Traveling Health Career Road Show (2009)
AHHRI ended in March 2014, but many resources and tools are still available through the CYFN Health and Social Department. The Community Based Worker Training program is continuing until March 31, 2015. The courses are : Mental Health First Aid for Northern Peoples, Trauma Training and Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support and will be offered at Yukon College through the fall and winter. For information on the CBW courses or any of the AHHRI projects, please contact Cheryl Scherman at 393-9240. NISJ Trauma Aware Practice Training Program Description June 2014
Aboriginal Health Transition Fund and Health Services Integration Fund Projects
In 2008, the Yukon First Nation Health and Social Development Commission (HSDC) identified six initiatives to be funded under the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund:
- Mental Wellness
- Injury Prevention
- Improving Access to Health Services
- Emergency Preparedness and Pandemic Planning
- Health Summit
- Community Health Scan
The Health Services Integration Fund commenced in 2010 and replaced the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund. In an effort to better meet health care needs of Yukon First Nations, CYFN’s multi-year HSIF project creates functional linkages and implements activities determined through collaborative planning. Over the course of the project, CYFN has been responsive to community needs and priorities and has worked within a limited budget to meet HSIF project goals. The HSDC identified 5 projects to be funded:
- Inter agency Committee Protocols
- Building a Yukon Wellness Network (Symposia, Calendar and Community Supporter’s Network)
- On the Land programs review (project ended in 2013)
- Community Driven Response/ Capacity Development
- Cultural Orientation and Protocols Toolkit
In no particular order, the next section goes into more detail about some of the projects developed through the AHTF, HSIF and AHHRI.
Health and Social Online Community Events Calendar
This online events calendar gives Yukon communities a quick view of the health and social events for each community.
It will also allow Yukon Government (YG), Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and other health professionals who visit communities the ability to post events to a community calendar.
This is a Council of Yukon First Nations and Government of Yukon joint project that will enable communities to embed the online events calendars on their website so the public can easily view when and where health professionals will be visiting the communities as well as local social events. Currently, there are three First Nation communities taking part in this pilot project: Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow; First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun in Mayo and White River First Nation in Beaver Creek.View our community calendar
Yukon Interagency Committee Toolkit: Case Studies, Protocol Guide and Other Resources
This toolkit consists of three case studies about Yukon interagency committees and a collection of practical resources. The toolkit is part of a Health Services Integration Fund Project called Community Interagency Protocols. The aim of this project is to develop useful tools for existing Yukon interagency committees or other groups interested in forming community interagency committees. The tools featured in the toolkit include the following: guides and information to develop interagency privacy protocols and other protocols, event planning resources, funding related resources and tools which could be used to foster better communication.Download the Toolkit
Community Health Scan Toolkit
This Toolkit was produced by the Health & Social Development Department in the spring of 2010 with funding from the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund. The toolkit is a varied collection of resources to use, modify and share. The material in the toolkit is intended for health and social planning work although it could be used for many different purposes. Feedback from Yukon First Nation Health and Social Development Commission members, other health and social development staff and Community Health Scan participants helped to determine the resources to include in this Toolkit.
The resources in the Toolkit include:
- A list of Funding Sources
- A list of consultants and facilitators
- Proposal Writing Information and Evaluation Guides
- Health and Social Planning Guides
- Community Health Scan Information
- Resources such as medical travel information, a list of training programs and more
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health and Addictions are issues that remain a priority in Yukon First Nations communities. Communities do not have adequate services to support the level of need that exists. Several resources have been developed to support front line workers in Yukon communities.Yukon First Nations' Mental Wellness Workbook First Nation Mental Health: A Curriculum on Mental Wellness and Mental Illness Mental Wellness Services for First Nation Front Line Workers in Yukon - 2013
Yukon First Nations Wellness Framework (in development)