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Indigenous Health

First 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 Jordan’s Principle [PDF, 131.8 KB] and Shannen’s Dream [PDF, 41.6 KB], campaigns that address inequities in health, social and education services provided to aboriginal children.

CNA and NurseONE.ca resources

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

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.

Indigenous knowing, a NurseONE.ca knowledge series with resources to advance cultural awareness, competency and safety.

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.


Other Resources

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