The group has adopted traditional approaches to conflict management and resolution in the new collective agreement. The parties took an interest-based approach to reaching the agreement and encouraged a useful relationship on which to build on all future discussions. Musqueam Territory – Vancouver, British Columbia – FNHA and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) celebrated the renewal of their collective agreement after months of negotiations. The official renewal ceremony of the FNHA PSAC collective agreement took place at the Musqueam Cultural Centre and included senior executives, as well as representatives from FNHA and PSAC. All negotiations of the agreement took place on First Nations territory and involved elders who supported the work with prayer, wisdom and input. This collective agreement is unique in that it integrates the perspectives, values and sensitivities of First Nations, as well as negotiations. The initial 2015 contract was an important milestone as one of the first collective agreements of its kind in Canada. The initial agreement, signed in 2015, was an important milestone as one of the first collective agreements of its kind in Canada. These negotiations have been unique in that they have integrated the perspectives, values and sensitivities of First Nations.
„We would like to thank our partner, the Professional Institute, for their cooperation and to be open again to the involvement of Elders First Nations in this work and the inclusion of First Nations perspectives in the agreement,“ said Joe Gallagher, CEO of FNHA. „I would like to give the team members on both sides the help of a commitment to good cooperation for the benefit of First Nations peoples and our organizations. We`re getting better together. Both parties provided guidelines from a First Nations perspective. Both have successfully integrated traditional approaches to conflict management and resolution into rate renewal. „We are proud to be part of the renewal of this historic agreement between our members and the First Nations Health Agency, as both sides have done an incredible job of integrating First Nations principles and practices into the negotiations,“ said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. „We felt that there was a real effort at cooperation and both sides were guided by the goals they serve: quality jobs in healthy communities. We look forward to continuing this approach for the duration of the agreement and beyond. The terms of the collective agreement are from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. „I want to congratulate all team members for their commitment to working together for the benefit of First Nations peoples and our organizations.
We`re getting better together,“ said Joe Gallagher, CEO of FNHA. „We would like to thank our partner, PSAC, for their professionalism and respect during the negotiations.“ „I would like to thank the negotiating team for their hard work and for their unwavering support during this unique round of negotiations,“ said Magali Picard, Vice President of PSAC`s National Executive Vice President. „I would like to thank our FNHA PSAC members – they should be proud of their solidarity and hard work and look forward to a contract that improves working conditions and recognizes First Nations culture.“