Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network

Healthcare providers working in northern and remote areas of Canada face unique challenges when developing, implementing and evaluating effective and sustainable solutions in these regions. The Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network provides an opportunity for decision makers, leaders, policy makers and practitioners to come together to enhance leadership and improvement capacity by sharing success stories, innovative ideas, tools and resources. The goal is to improve the health status of people living in northern and remote regions of Canada.

Initial signatories of the Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network included six health regions in five provinces. The network has now grown to 13 members across six provinces and three territories.

The priority area and focus of the network is set by the Executive Committee Partners. See the full list of executive committee members. 

2017 Roundtable

Annual Roundtable

Each year, the Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network members comes together for an in-person roundtable event to learn with, and from, each other about topics of shared importance for northern and remote regions. Members work together to identify these topics and presenters are invited to share their experience and expertise at the roundtable.

2018 Roundtable

May 30-31, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario

This roundtable brought together network members to learn about primary care models in northern and remote regions, and to enhance health leadership for reconciliation. This event overlapped with a meeting with team members from the Promoting Life Together Collaborative who came together to discuss evaluation methods using Indigenous perspectives. Executive Network members attending the roundtable also had the opportunity to learn more about network teams involved in the collaborative and evaluation approaches for this collaborative. Report coming soon.

2017 Roundtable

May 24-26, 2017, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Fifty-two participants from 22 organizations spanning six provinces and two territories attended this event. The goal was to share wise practices to support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote regions of Canada. Over the three days, there were presentations by specialists in: stakeholder engagement in health policy and planning; healthcare improvement in a time of fiscal constraint; crisis response; and technology and access, and group discussions of the challenges and opportunities in these matters. Discussions with Network members also formed the foundation for the current collaborative related to suicide prevention, which has now evolved to focus on promoting life. Network members had the opportunity for a site visit to the community of Behchokǫ̀ which has an established self-government in the NWT, and recently built a new health and social services centre.

2016 Roundtable

May 11-14, 2016, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Approximately 50 participants attended the roundtable, representing 25 organizations and 10 provinces and territories across Canada’s northern and remote regions. The event followed a unique one-day Indigenous Cultural Competence Course delivered by CFHI and concluded with a site visit to the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle on Treaty 4. CFHI was honoured to sign its first partnership agreement with an Indigenous organization, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, committing to support the Mental Wellness Continuum Framework. See 2016 Roundtable report for more details.

2015 Roundtable

May 25-26, 2015, in Winnipeg, MB

The roundtable welcomed 80 representatives from 25 organizations in seven provinces and all three territories who are involved in the delivery of healthcare in Canada’s northern and remote regions. The goal was to further develop and strengthen working relationships between the network partners, by sharing common challenges and brainstorming innovations to support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote contexts. The discussion from this roundtable informed future programming for the Northern and Remote Collaboration (now known as the Canadian Northern and Remote Network).

2014 Roundtable

May 29-30, 2014, in Banff, AB

Fifty senior healthcare leaders from across Canada came together to foster dialogue and create a common vision for cross-regional collaboration and improvement in healthcare delivery in the northern, rural or remote context. This roundtable featured Joe Gallagher, CEO of First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, as a keynote speaker and a series of promising improvement projects undergoing in Executive Committee members’ regions. Results of the 2014 roundtable informed the development of a regional collaboration.

2013 Roundtable

November 19-20, 2012, Calgary, AB

This event brought together a core group of similar health service delivery organizations and their research colleagues in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. View full 2013 meeting report.