New department likely to deliver First Nations & Inuit health services, says minister

Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her new department will likely include the delivery of health services for First Nations and Inuit, previously under her watch at Health Canada.

While consultations and legislation will be required for the creation of her new ministry, Philpott says the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples clearly suggested a new department should handle health delivery.

Philpott says the new department offers the opportunity to bring Indigenous health care and the delivery of other social services that drive health outcomes under one roof.