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Aborigin.health agency's 'governance' issues cited for cuts

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One of the reasons the federal government pulled funding for the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) was due to its "governance challenges," says Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

"Health Canada worked with NAHO in an attempt to resolve these issues but, unfortunately, they were not addressed," Aglukkaq said in a statement.

The statement went on to say how some organizations, such as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), withdrew support from NAHO.

CBC News learned last week the federal government plans to cut more than 800 positions at Health Canada. Despite those cuts, Aglukkaq’s office said it will protect frontline health care services and continue to make what it calls “major investments” in aboriginal health, nursing and research.

Bill Erasmus, who is the AFN’s representative for the Northwest Territories, said they passed a resolution a few years ago saying they wanted NAHO’s funding to go to communities.

He said the AFN eventually pulled its support for NAHO a few years ago over a disagreement in how NAHO was being run

But Erasmus said he’s worried that the government has pulled the funding for the health research organization.




Source: cbc.ca


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