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|P.C. Health Minister Crombie|
The new policy recognizes the special Health rights in accordance with the Treaty Indian people based on the three pillars of community development, the traditional relationship of the Indian people to the Federal government, and a single inter-related Canadian health system consisting of Federal, provincial and community based elements.
With respect to registered Indians residing permanently off-reserve, the policy reiterates that they should receive health services from the Province or municipality of residence. But if such services are denied, the federal government will attempt to ensure their provision.
The policy emphasizes increased participation of Indian bands in Health Care delivery, where sought by Chief and council and provides for close consultation at Band, Provincial and National levels on health programs, finances and allocation of resources.
Crombie's announcement came in a telegram to the National Indian Brotherhood meeting in Montreal on September 19, 1979.