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CBHSSJB Chairperson's Progress Update November 2021




CBHSSJB Chairperson Mr. Bertie Wapachee presented his Chairperson's Progress Update, speaking with Luke Macleod on JBCCS.

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"Our goal is to be the most progressive Indigenous health and social services  organization in Canada and the world." ​- Bertie Wapachee, Chairperson


Historical Background - Cree Health Board after 43 years

TOR/Agreement Between CBHSSJB and MSSS – November 10, 1999 – Negotiations focused on new parameters for health and social services, priorities, new funding framework and mechanisms for accountability 

“A scientific needs identification shall be carried out for the purpose of the process contemplated in this agreement” (origin of SRP)​

"Discussion of amending legislation" ​(2001)

Progress Updates

  • COVID-19​

  • Capital projects​

  • Human Resources Development​

  • Working conditions​

  • Quality of care​

  • Governance and legislation​

COVID-19: A Track Record of Success​

  • 61% of total population is fully vaccinated​

  • Vaccination for children 5-12 starting soon​

  • Vaccination boosters for those that need them​

  • Continuing to work with partners to detect and contain any outbreaks and keep our patients, families and communities safe from COVID-19​

Capital Projects: New Facilities & Services​

  1. Birthing Homes in Chisasibi, Mistissini, Waskaganish (2023)​

  2. Elders’ Homes and Transition Homes for Elders (2023)​

  3. Land-based Healing Lodge (2023)​

  4. Youth Healing Centre (Group home) (2023)​

  5. 395 new employee housing units (2023, 2024)​

  6. New CMCs (2023, 2024 - Waskaganish, Ouje-Bougoumou and Whapmagoostui)​

  7. Special Needs Centres (intellectual and physical) (2024)​

  8. Mental Health Centres (youth & adult) (2024)​

  9. Regional Health Centre in Chisasibi (2026)​

Cree Succession: Investing in our People​


  • 7 out of every 10 CBHSSJB employees is Indigenous​

  • 145 new positions have been created since 2019 (450 more to come in next 3 years)​

  • 24 Indigenous managers hired since November 2020​

  • 35 summer students hired in 2021​


  • 33 graduates under the Cree Succession Leadership Framework since June 2020 (celebration December 9)​

  • 29 employees completed Attestation of College Studies in partnership with CÉGEP Marie-Victorin​

  • CSB Sabtuan Adult Education Services training for Beneficiary Attendants & Medical Secretaries​

Improving Working Conditions

  • Reclassification of CHRs to PCCRs, with salary increase​

  • Creation of an internal Resolution Office – Ron Shisheesh​

  • Telework policy and procedure​

  • Employee Satisfaction Survey​

  • Employee Recognition Program​

  • Annual Meeting with SNIIBJ-FIQ & FSSS-CSN unions​

  • Committee on work location

Daniel St-Amour, Executive Director​

  • Raymond Carignan Award for Excellence for 2021 by the ACSSSS​

  • Board approved renewal of contract for 4-year term​

  • Indigenous Succession in place for 2024 or sooner, to participate in mentorship and training of the next Executive Director​

Achievements: Quality of Care​

  • June 2021: Board Resolution in support of Joyce's Principle​

  • Improved compensation for long-term patients living outside the community​

  • Electronic Medical Record implementation ongoing (increased confidentiality)​

  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees in contact with clients ​

  • Employees who are not fully vaccinated must get tested 3 times a week​

  • Wiichihiituwin:​

    • Client Relations Officer - Louis-Vincent Parent​

    • Improve food service and quality of life for clients at Espresso​

    • Cultural Safety training for security staff​

Updating & Reforming Laws

  • Favorable response from the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec to the proposed negotiation framework​

  • Goals​

    • Update and align with today’s reality​

    • Integrate Eenou-Eeyou cultural and spiritual values into the delivery and management of health and social services provided to our People​

    • Greater autonomy and authority over our health and social services system

  • Main focus is on 3 laws (2 provincial, 1 federal)​
    • S-5: Act respecting health and social services for Cree Native Persons​

    • Youth Protection Act (YPA)​

    • Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)​

Addressing the Colonial Legacy of Violence​

  • Resolution adopted by the Board of Directors September 2021​

  • Chairperson to establish Terms of Reference for a joint Cree Task Force on Sexual Violence and Abuse​

  • Partners:​

    • Cree Nation Government (including Department of Justice)​

    • Cree School Board​

    • Eeyou Eenou Police Force​

    • Communities​


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