Introduction to Indigenous Health
Indigenous Canadians access health and mental health services from multiple jurisdictions, and partnership between providers and leaders is essential for effective services. CFHI collaborates with provincial-territorial government departments, regional health authorities and Indigenous organizations and groups to support the development and spread of culturally appropriate and safe care for all Indigenous people in Canada.
Many health and mental health organizations are considering how to contribute to reconciliation. In partnership with the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health and The Circle of Philanthropy with Aboriginal Peoples, we recommend building knowledge in advance of entering into the Indigenous health field, as it is complex. Together we are developing a Recommended Learning Journey (coming soon).
CFHI’s Northern and Indigenous Health Team focusses its activities and support around the following core areas:
We Belong International Forum on Life Promotion to Address Indigenous Suicide
The We Belong International Forum on Life Promotion and Suicide Prevention held in Vancouver, Nov. 17-19 was attended by over 150 participants from seven countries. At the plenary and breakout sessions, participants debated recommendations made by presenters on culture as key component to resilience, reducing prescription drug abuse, mental wellness partnerships and more. Learn more »
Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network
CFHI is bringing together healthcare organizations that provide services to northern and remote populations to work together on these unique challenges. The Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network provides an opportunity for decision makers, leaders, policy makers and practitioners to build leadership and improvement capacity by networking, comparing innovative solutions, and sharing success stories. This network aims to improve the health status of living in northern and remote regions in Canada and includes partners from seven provinces and three territories. Learn more »
Indigenous Cultural Competence Course
Following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, CFHI is excited to offer a new learning opportunity in Indigenous Cultural Competence. Indigenous Canadians endure higher risks to health across the social determinants of wellbeing, including challenges in mental health. We help teams and organizations learn more about how history - including residential schools - can affect health outcomes today, as well as trust in health systems. We support teams and organizations to strengthen individual and organizational cultural competence, and consider ways to reduce racism for Indigenous in health and mental health systems. We believe cultural competence and capacity of health systems is a necessary step towards reconciliation, and to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
CFHI offers a one-day and two-day in-person course to groups and organizations upon request, on a cost recovery basis. Please contact CFHI for more information.