The Matawa First Nations Health and Social Services Task Group is mandated by the Matawa First Nations Chiefs as an advisory group/body to the Health and Social Meno Biimadeswin, Matawa Chiefs, governments and other organizations/boards on health and social matters. The MHSSTG is a proactive group that advocates, negotiates, supports and makes recommendations regionally that will support and benefit their First Nations needs and goals. The Group membership is represented by the Health & Social Service Managers/Directors from Aroland, Constance Lake, Eabametoong, Ginoogaming, Long Lake #58, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Webequie First Nations.
The MHSSTG Goals are:
- To advocate and negotiate to access better services and resources
- To have a collective unified voice on health and social services issues
- To share information amongst First nations
- To work together on regional planning and priority issues as identified by First Nations
- To provide direction on regionally administered programs
- To liaise with other health & social organizations and agencies
The MHSS Task Group envisions a continuum of health and social services that supports the health and wellness of our people with a service system that is based on the principles of respect, trust, sustainability and survival and a system that is wholistic, innovative and reflect cultural and traditional values. The Group respects individual and First Nations options to access health care of their choice and acknowledges the inherent right to health care.
The MHSS Task Group works to enhance and improve the health and social services for Matawa communities and its people in areas of health and social programing.