The Manitoba Minister of Health, Audrey Gordon, has approved CDHM’s request for the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council to be designated under Section 2(1)(c) of the Dental Hygienists Regulation under the Dental Hygienists Act. This approval enables dental hygienists to provide services in the following six First Nations member communities of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council.
- Birdtail Sioux First Nation
- Dakota Tipi First Nation
- Long Plain First Nation
- Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation
- Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation
- Swan lake First Nation
The CDHM made the request to the Minister based on item # 18 from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) 94 Calls to Action which states; We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the health-care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law, and under the Treaties.
Also referenced was the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Article 23; Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programs affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programs through their own institutions.
The CDHM will be reaching out to these First Nations Communities, sharing with them this opportunity for care in their First Nation communities.
The College looks forward to supporting registrants in serving these communities. If you are interested in providing dental hygiene services in the above First Nation Communities, contact the College office for more information.