Indigenous Health Equity and Coordination

The Indigenous Health Equity and Coordination unit helps us fulfill our commitment to advance Indigenous health equity through partnerships.

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Our relationships are founded on respect, accountability and open communication.

What We Do

We build strong relationships with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous leadership, organizations and communities. These relationships are founded on respect, accountability and open communication. They are critical to ensure that Ontario’s health care system reflects and addresses the needs of Indigenous people.

We are responsible for:

  • establishing a partnership approach to engagement with Indigenous partners
  • building and supporting capacity to better coordinate Indigenous health initiatives across Ontario Health, including Ontario Health Regions
  • building capacity where needed to address Indigenous health needs
  • supporting Indigenous-led initiatives and priorities (e.g., health transformation)

Our Approach

Our approach is guided by the foundation laid by the Indigenous Cancer Care Unit to advance Indigenous health through the cancer system. Cancer Care Ontario (now part of Ontario Health) led the development of Indigenous partnerships in health care. This started with the formation of a Joint Ontario Indigenous Cancer Committee in 1997.

Indigenous Health Plan

The Indigenous Health Plan recognizes the unique status of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is being developed in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous leadership, organizations and communities. The plan will reflect:

  • priorities of Indigenous partners
  • Indigenous people’s status and special relationship with the Crown as constitutionally recognized peoples
  • historical and ongoing impacts of colonization on the health disparities experienced by Indigenous people in Canada today
  • strength and resilience of Indigenous people and communities

The Indigenous Health Plan will be released in Spring, 2023.

Last Updated: September 27, 2022