Indigenous Health

Indigenous Health

Totem PoleFirst Nations, Inuit and Métis are diverse populations whose health is affected by all social determinants of health, as well as a complex history of colonialism, racism, and residential schools. Social determinants have a significant impact on disease and recovery experiences within these communities.

CNA works to advance Indigenous health and nursing through its partnership accord with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) and through its Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties.

CNA is a supporter of Joyce's Principle, Jordan’s Principle [PDF, 131.8 KB] and Shannen’s Dream [PDF, 41.6 KB], as well as campaigns and recommendations that address inequities in health, social and education services provided to Aboriginal children.

CNA resources

Canadian Academy of Nursing Indigenous Leaders Series: - The intent of the series is to seek the wisdom and teaching of Indigenous leaders who can help us have honest confrontations and conversations to identify colonial or other excluding structures within CNA and across nursing.

Nursing Declaration Against Anti-Indigenous Racism in Nursing and Health Care [PDF, 329.8 KB]

Promoting Cultural Competence in Nursing [PDF, 1.7 MB], a CNA position statement that outlines the importance of cultural competence and cultural safety in promoting health equity.

Aboriginal Health Nursing and Aboriginal Health: Charting Policy Direction for Nursing in Canada [PDF, 1.2 MB] a report jointly developed by CNA and CINA (then-A.N.A.C.).

Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: A Framework for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nursing [PDF, 591.9 KB], a report jointly developed by CNA, CINA (A.N.A.C.) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Cover of PDF "United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"Other Resources

In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a framework for addressing concerns of indigenous peoples in Canada and around the globe.