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Indigenous health is a priority for the Royal College

On October 26, 2017, the Royal College’s Council endorsed a resolution proposed by the Indigenous Health Committee of the Royal College (IHC) to include Indigenous health across all residency training programs, a big step towards reconciliation.

This call to action was inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) report focussing on the education of health care providers to deliver culturally safe practices.

If Indigenous health is to improve, all allies and institutions must respect Indigenous Peoples’ right of self-determination to govern and choose a culturally safe health care system that works for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

The IHC, an independent body that comprises Indigenous physicians, scholars and other health care professionals, led the development of two flagship documents that underpin the Royal College’s actions to improve Indigenous health.

  • The Indigenous Health Primer (2019) provides core information about Indigenous health through stories and case studies of Indigenous experiences and essential knowledge for Fellows, health care providers, learners and educators in caring for Indigenous Peoples.

    Download the primer (pdf).

  • The Indigenous Health Values and Principles Statement, Second Edition (2019) examines the values pertaining to Indigenous health and bridges these values to the CanMEDS framework with actionable principles that guide culturally safe health care.

    Download the Indigenous Health Values and Principles Statement (pdf).
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