The Heath Co-Management Committee is the principle decision-making Committee between First Nations and the Government of Canada in Alberta. This bilateral Committee consists of two Chiefs from each Treaty area and two representatives from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
Because there is only one Co-Management Committee, but multiple funding streams and program areas, there are six subcommittees with knowledge experts to make decisions on behalf of and recommendations to Co-Management.
Currently, the co-chairs of the Health Co-Management Committee are Rhonda Laboucan, FNIHB-AB Regional Executive Officer, and Chief Ramona Horseman of Western Cree Tribal Council.
Rhonda Laboucan is the Regional Executive Officer of First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
Chief Ramona Horseman is the Chief of Horse Lake First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She was elected in 2019 as co-chair of the Health Co-Management Committee by her peers and has been an advocate for First Nations’ health and for the Health Co-Management process.
There are six subcommittees under the Co-management Committee: Children and Youth, Health Protection, Mental Health and Addictions, Non-Insured Health Benefits, Operations and Support, and Prevention Programs. These subcommittees can discuss a variety of topics, including discretionary funding, new funding, program updates, engaging with partners in health, and federal announcements.
Each of these subcommittees has two representatives from each Treaty area as well as two representatives from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB). Each Treaty area has one vote for decision-making, and so does FNIHB.
Each subcommittee has the ability to make decisions on funding up to $250,000 and to make recommendations to the Co-Management Committee over $250,000.