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. 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. “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. “We are proud to be part of the renewal of this historic agreement between our members and the First Nations Health Agency, as both parties 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. This collective agreement is unique in that it integrates First Nations perspectives, values and sensitivities, as well as negotiations. The initial 2015 contract was an important milestone as one of the first collective agreements of its kind in Canada. Both parties provided guidelines from a First Nations perspective.
Both have successfully integrated traditional approaches to conflict management and resolution into rate renewal. The initial agreement, signed in 2015, was an important milestone as one of the first collective agreements of its kind in Canada.