About the FNQLHSSC
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) is a non-profit organisation that is responsible for supporting the efforts of the First Nations of Quebec in order to, among other things, plan and deliver culturally-appropriate and preventive health and social services programs.
The FNQLHSSC’s mission is to promote and monitor the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of First Nations and Inuit people, families and communities while improving access to comprehensive and culturally-sensitive health and social services programs designed by First Nations organizations that are recognized and sanctioned by local authorities, all the while respecting their respective cultures and local autonomy. The FNQLHSSC also assists communities that so desire, to set up, develop and promote global health and social services and programs that are adapted and conceived by First Nations organizations.
More specifically, the FNQLHSSC’s goals are as follows:
1. To ensure that the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador freely exercise their inherent right to control health and social services program delivery to the citizens of their respective nations.
2. To provide technical support for research, as well as the development and promotion of community health and social services systems and models, upon request from First Nations communities.
3. To ensure that First Nations government delivery systems respect the fundamental needs of First Nations citizens.
4. To promote the free exchange of information and ideas concerning all aspects of health and social services development initiatives of communities.
5. To ensure that all First Nations are supported in their community development in order to exercise their jurisdiction over health and social services.
6. To study, promote, protect and develop in every possible way the material, cultural and social interests of the members, nations and respective communities; and to that end organize meetings, conferences and opportunities to exchange points of view and establish a secretariat to serve as a liaison between members.
7. To be a technical advisor and consultant for First Nations communities and the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador in the area of health and social services (AFNQL).
The FNQLHSSC has approximately 80 employees
working in the fields of health, social services and research in order to develop adapted and adequate services.