Indigenous Health in Canada

Photo by Jaime Handley

The Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) stress the importance of closing the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

In recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation held on September 30, 2021, CAPhO has gathered resources to foster a culture of respect, reciprocity and understanding to contribute towards equity and healing.  

Providing pharmacy care that acknowledges, respects and incorporates cultural and language considerations is an essential part of person-centred care. Here you will find links to papers, webinars and courses to assist CAPhO members in expanding their knowledge and awareness of Indigenous health. 

When we gather at our conferences, workshops and webinars, discussion of best practices is an important method to expand our knowledge base. We welcome CAPhO members to share feedback of how your learnings of Indigenous Health are applied to the role you have in oncology pharmacy practice. 

Namwayut - We are all one. 

*Photo by Jaime Handley

 “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” - the Honourable Murray Sinclair.


Papers & Articles

Discharge Medication Reconciliation for Patients Being Discharged to a First Nations Reserve by Jaris Swidrovich

Introducing Indigenous methodologies to pharmacy practice research by Jaris Swidrovich

Decolonizing and Indigenizing pharmacy education in Canada by Jaris Swidrovich

Medical experimentation and the roots of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous Peoples in Canada by Ian Mosby and Jaris Swidrovich

Creating a Canadian Indigenous Research Network Against Cancer to Address Indigenous Cancer Disparities by Angeline Letendre, Gail Garvey, Alexandra King, Malcolm King, Reg Crowshoe, Lea Bill, Nadine R. Caron, and Brenda Elias

Access to cancer care among Indigenous peoples in Canada: A scoping review by Tara C Horrill, Janice Linton, Josée G Lavoie, Donna Martin, Allison Wiens, Annette S H Schultz

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer: First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Care Priorities 

Aboriginal experiences of cancer and care coordination: Lessons from the Cancer Data and Aboriginal Disparities (CanDAD) narratives by Rachel Reilly, Jasmine Micklem, Paul Yerrell, David Banham, Kim Morey, Janet Stajic, Marion Eckert, Monica Lawrence, Harold B. Stewart, Alex Brown, and the other CanDAD Investigators and the CanDAD Aboriginal Community Reference Group

Métis Nations Resouces

Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Programs & Services


Indigenous Relationship and Cultural Safety Courses - Cancer Care Ontario

Indigenous Canada Course - University of Alberta

CAPhO Webinars

Evidence-based medicine through an Indigenous Lens: an Oncology Perspective by Jaris Swidrovich

Other Resources

Women's College Hospital - The Centre for WISE Practices in Indigenous Health

Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) - IPPC is an Indigenous-led association that has been established to connect and support Indigenous pharmacy professionals and help all pharmacists provide better care to Indigenous patients by creating and promoting pharmacy practice models that respect the safety, equality, strengths and teachings of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Read more here


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