About the Health Council of Canada
Created by the
2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health CareRenewal
, the Health Council o Canada is an independentnational agency that reports on the progress o health carerenewal. The Council provides a system-wide perspective onhealth care reorm in Canada, and disseminates inormationon innovative practices across the country. The Councillorsare appointed by the participating provincial and territorialgovernments and the Government o Canada.To download reports and other Health Council o Canadamaterials, visit healthcouncilcanada.ca.
About the artist
To gather inormation or this report, the Health Council oCanada held a series o seven regional discussions acrossthe country, acilitated by AMR Planning and Consulting Inc.,an Aboriginal-owned consulting company based in Winnipeg. AMR associate and artist Leah Fontaine (Dakotah/Anishinaabe/ Métis), created a visual representation o each meeting bylistening to discussions and incorporating the themes sheheard, along with culturally signifcant symbols, into her work. At each session, she invited participants to suggest imagesand/or to draw or write on the large illustration (our eet byour eet), which was mounted on a wall.The resulting artwork o the seven regional discussions hasbeen incorporated throughout this report, accompanied by theartist’s descriptions. The image on the cover, commissionedseparately or the report, symbolizes the balance betweenWestern and Aboriginal perspectives and approaches to healthand restoration.Leah Fontaine has a BA (Theatre Design), a BFA (with Honors),and an MA (Native Studies). She connects her Dakotah/ Anishinaabe/Métis heritage to intuitively attain the iconographyand worldview that is displayed in her work. She livesin Winnipeg.Ms. Fontaine would like to convey her heartelt gratitudeto the various Elders and her First Nations sisters andbrothers she met on this project who assisted her withtheir First Nations ethos.
Dr. Jack Kitts (Chair)Dr. Catherine CookMs. Cheryl DoironDr. Dennis KendelDr. Michael MoattMr. Murray RamsdenDr. Ingrid SketrisDr. Les VertesiMr. Gerald WhiteDr. Charles J. WrightMr. Bruce Cooper (ex-ofcio)