MOU signed between Siksika Health Services and Alta. Rec. and Parks Assoc.
On Oct. 27 at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s 2018 Conference and Energize Workshop in Jasper, Siksika Health Services (SHS) and Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their important partnership.
This historic event marks ARPA’s first ever MOU signing with a First Nation in its 67 years of existence.
Both parties are proud and honoured to embark on this monumental journey together.
HS and ARPA share beliefs that recreation and parks in Alberta are vital to our interconnected social fabric, and contribute significantly to improved holistic health outcomes for all.
The two organizations aim to collaborate in service delivery, research, and discourse on matters of mutual interested to:
• Achieve proven benefits linked with recreation and parks: enhanced mental and physical wellbeing; enhanced social wellbeing; stronger families and communities; and deepened connections with nature;
• Work towards improving key health indicators such as life expectancy, depression, suicide, and obesity rates for community members, and in particular for First Nations, who on average experience poorer health in these areas;
• Enhance collective understanding of best practices and long-term benefits of the role of recreation and parks;
This agreement is a living document – a commitment to journey together and learn from one another as colleagues and friends.
The partnership between SHS and ARPA is grounded in mutual respect, and a shared commitment to uphold the rights outlined in the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the calls of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Siksika Health Services (SHS) is an accredited health care system for the Siksika Nation, guided by the traditional Blackfoot value of Akatsoots'siskaopa ("healing each other together"). SHS provides a range of quality health services to all Siksika Nation members and surrounding communities.