First Nations sign health plan worth $24M

First Nations leaders in British Columbia signed a $24 million health plan with the province and the Canadian government on Monday.

The First Nations Health Plan aims to increase life expectancy, reduce suicide among youth and reduce diabetes and infant mortality. It includes a mental health and traditional treatment component.

Officials hope to complete the plan by 2015. Half of the money will come from the province, with the rest coming from the Canadian government and other sources.

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B.C., Ottawa, First Nations sign health pact (CanWest News Service 11/28)
B.C. has plan to improve health of aboriginals (CBC 11/28)

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