Policy and Data
First Nations Information Governance Centre
The Research and Information team works closely with regional partners across the country to develop and administer regionally-driven national surveys, covering a broad array of topics.
First Nations Regional Health Survey
Published in 2018, the Regional Health Survey (RHS) is based on the RHS Cultural Framework. Data and topics include socioeconomic conditions, chronic health conditions, mental health and substance use, oral health, and Indian residential schools. First Nations peoples living on reserve and in northern communities in Canada were surveyed.
Indigenous Health (Canadian Nurses Association)
Access policy documents, webinar content, and other research, including Indigenous knowing. Note that not all links work and some content may be restricted.
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (document library)
The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation works "to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and addiction. [They] promote a holistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion. [Their] top priority is developing a continuum of care that would be available to all Indigenous people in Canada."
Agencies, Organizations and Governing Bodies
Aboriginal Healing Foundation
This foundation focused on how to implement healing strategies for Metis, Inuit and First Nations people affected by the legacy of physical, sexual and spiritual abuse in Indian Residential Schools. The Foundation ceased operations in 2014.
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
This organization promotes research, policy, networking and professional development.
Their site includes Breaking News, In Focus Features, Resources, and Events.
Health Canada: First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health
Division of Health Canada devoted to Aboriginal Health Issues. Site contains information of health conditions, services & benefits, and research in this area.
Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre
“The Centre is collaboration between the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada and the
University of Saskatchewan.” It is dedicated to health research among Aboriginal people with a focus on chronic diseases, Indigenous health issues, and the delivery of health services.
Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
The IAPH focuses on the health needs of Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Their research includes health promotion, prevention strategies, clinical trials.
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
“The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health advances and promotes the health and well-being of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis through collaborative research, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, building capacity, and community led initiatives.”
Library Resources on Aboriginal Health
Determinants of Indigenous peoples' health: Beyond the social by
Call Number: RA450.4 .I53 D4
Publication Date: 2018
Available at Orillia.
Introduction to Aboriginal Health and Health Care in Canada by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2013
The book places aboriginal health in Canada within its historical and philosophical context as it addresses social and clinical approaches to major health issues facing this population. It discusses the distinctive features of aboriginal health and healing as opposed to traditional Western medicine and why it should be studied as a discrete field. Using the thread of cultural safety throughout, the text introduces students to health concerns facing the aboriginal population in general, with a special focus on the needs of women and children.
Promoting Aboriginal Health by
Publication Date: 2014
"Those of us who have worked on the frontline of Aboriginal health for any length of time know that beneath the surface reality of Aboriginal people's poor health outcomes sits a deeper truth. It is about the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, and how this flows from a sense of control over one's own life. Where this is lacking, as it is in so many Aboriginal families and communities, there is instead indifference and despair and a descent into poor lifestyle choices and self-destructive behaviours. Our medical professionals do a great job of prescribing medicines and devising treatment programs but, to fix the root causes of ill-health, we need something more. As Aboriginal people we need to have a sense of agency in our lives, that we are not stray leaves blowing about in the wind. In a word, we need empowerment". Dr. Pat Anderson, Chairperson, the Lowitja Institute, Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.
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