The Promoting Life Together (PLT) Collaborative was a 20-month life promotion and community wellness initiative convened by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, now Healthcare Excellence Canada, and in response to and with members of the Canadian Northern and Remote Health network.
The PLT Collaborative modeled a co-designed learning approach that brought together six multi-disciplinary teams from across northern, rural, and remote parts of Canada. Each team in the Collaborative worked alongside communities and First Nations and Métis coaches to deliver an initiative that addressed life promotion and community wellness for people living in northern and remote regions from coast to coast to coast.
We’re sharing the Story of the Promoting Life Together Collaborative as seen through the eyes and the experiences of the PLT Collaborative Guidance Group and the Northern and Indigenous Health (NIH) Team at Healthcare Excellence Canada.
It’s the story of collaboration and relationship development that was required to bring together different world views and facilitate the life promotion work of the PLT Collaborative teams across the country. This story represents our collective learning and connection of spirits.
It’s also the story of a pan-Canadian health organization (CFHI and now HEC) and its staff’s journey working with and learning from First Nations and Métis leaders, organizations, and communities. It’s the story of coming together with the goal of integrating community voices and Indigenous ways of knowing in life promoting work, and in turn supporting teams to do the same in six geographic regions.
Finally, it’s a story of why respect for culturally appropriate engagement and Indigenous knowledge, values and people are essential to the successful collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organizations.
Ed Connors (Part 1)
Ed Connors (Part 2)