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FNHMA-CPAC Relationship Agreement – Press Release

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Ottawa, ON (Unceded Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation), December 7, 2022 – The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) signed a Relationship Agreement today that creates a foundation for collaboration between the two organizations for continued efforts towards improving cancer and health outcomes –– for and with First Nations across Canada.

“The FNHMA is excited to enhance the relationship with the Partnership and help build an environment where cancer service delivery includes cultural safety and humility”, says FNHMA CEO, Marion Crowe.

The FNHMA and the Partnership have agreed to work respectfully and reciprocally together across three key areas of collaboration:

  • Information sharing and capacity development initiatives: to develop and deliver information, knowledge, training and development services that benefit the people served by both organizations.

  • Health system initiatives: to enhance relationships between First Nations communities and provincial/territorial cancer systems to foster cultural safety and humility in cancer service delivery.

  • Health leadership initiatives: to support the continued development of leaders in First Nations health and to foster shared learnings of cancer system leaders across Canada.

“I am honoured to sign a Relationship Agreement with the First Nations Health Managers Association on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. This agreement is an important step forward in our efforts to advance the Peoples-specific priorities of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control,” said Craig Earle, CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership). The Partnership deeply values its relationships with First Nations organizations, communities, and governments and looks forward to working together to transform the cancer system to be inclusive and respectful of self-determined priorities and Indigenous worldviews.”

About the FNHMA

FNHMA is responsible for providing training, certification, and professional development opportunities in First Nations health management and serves the needs of individuals working for or aspiring to health manager positions with First Nations organizations. The FNHMA offers a certification program leading to the Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) professional designation. In addition, FNHMA provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and access to ongoing professional development to increase knowledge and help graduates achieve their peak professional growth. FNHMA is committed to excellence in expanding health management capacity for First Nations organizations.

About CPAC

As the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control ( Strategy) The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer works to implement the Strategy to reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians. After 15 years of collaboration, we are accelerating work that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer control system, aligning shared priorities and mobilizing positive change across the cancer continuum. The Partnership continues to support the work of the collective cancer community in achieving our shared 30-year goals: a future in which people in Canada have equitable access to quality cancer care, fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life.


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