Resources for Indigenous caregivers
Indigenous caregivers have unique needs that are not always met by the health care system as a whole, or which are impacted by health disparities related to the legacy of intergenerational trauma and centuries of colonization. Indigenous communities also face unique health challenges, such as disproportionately high rates of suicide, diabetes, mental health & substance use challenges.
The OCO recognizes the need for First Nations, Inuit and Métis caregivers to access respectfully and culturally appropriate care for themselves and their care recipient.
The OCO has compiled these resources that may help caregivers from Indigenous communities.
Indigenous Health Resources
Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs) are Aboriginal community-led, primary health care organizations. They provide a combination of traditional healing, primary care, cultural programs, health promotion programs, community development initiatives, and social support services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. There are currently ten AHACs in Ontario, providing services both on and off-reserve, in urban, rural and northern locations.
Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a fully accredited health centre, accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). AHT’s model of health care is based on Indigenous culture and traditions and as a result, AHT is the only facility in Toronto that cares for Indigenous clients with both western and traditional approaches to health care.
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre provides culturally relevant services, and is committed to support and promote the overall wholistic health and well-being of Anishinabek individuals, families and communities within the District of Manitoulin Island and area.
TH&CC has been in place in this community since the year 2000. It was developed under the guidance and direction of Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Our mandate is to provide care to those who reside within the borders of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and who have First Nations Status, either from this Territory or another in Canada.
Wabano is a leader in Indigenous healthcare and demonstrates the strength, resilience and vibrancy of our community. Rooted in culture, Wabano is a place that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of all backgrounds can call home. For over 20 years, the Wabano Centre has been a place of belonging and a caring community for Ottawa’s urban Indigenous population.
Wikwemikong Health Centre is an Indigenous health centre that provides access of all opportunities of traditional and western health care to the community. All services provided at the Health Centre can be provided in both our Native language and English to serve all members of the community.
The Anishnaabek Dementia Care website is an Indigenous resource which serves as an introductory resource for Anishinaabek communities seeking local and culturally relevant information about Dementia.
Diabetes Canada has compiled information and resources on diabetes for Indigenous communities.
Heart & Stroke provides information specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in order to address the gap in health that Indigenous communities face.
The Indigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Resources Exchange (I-CAARE) has compiled Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) Materials and also works with the Indigenous Dementia Research Network to provide resources for Indigenous Peoples. They also provide Indigenous Dementia Factsheets and other information on culturally safe care.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has compiled a list of mental health and wellness services for Indigenous children and youth.
The Firelight Group, an Indigenous-owned consulting group that works with Indigenous and local communities in Canada to support the rights and interests of Indigenous communities, has compiled Mental Health Resources for Indigenous Peoples.
Family Caregivers of British Columbia have developed a guide and compiled multicultural/multicultural resources for Indigenous people, many of which are available and may support caregivers across Canada.
Indigenous Services Canada offers information on health care services for First Nation and Inuit, including home and community care program, health services and nursing care, as well as support for former students of Indian residential schools.
Information and Education
The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI)’s “Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care” initiative identifies and develops culturally appropriate resources to support Indigenous residents in LTC. Resources are developed and spread with support from partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities across Ontario and Implementation Advisors with experience in dissemination and implementation, and knowledge of LTC.
As part of Living My Culture, a suite of multilingual resources promoting culturally safe palliative care, Virtual Hospice provides Indigenous Cultural Safety Training on the subject of advanced illness, palliative care and grief, and how to provide culturally appropriate care for Indigenous Peoples.
The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health supports a renewed public health system in Canada that is inclusive and respectful of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Using a holistic, co-ordinated and strengths-based approach to health, the NCCIH fosters links between evidence, knowledge, practice and policy while advancing self-determination and Indigenous knowledge in support of optimal health and well-being.
OCO’s Land Acknowledgement
The OCO carries out its work while acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today. This land is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.
As team members, we are learning about the lands from which we work, exploring how we can be meaningful allies and how we can support the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships between nations and to improving our understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures.
While we connect through virtual platforms, we wish to invite you to reflect on the land where you are; if you are not familiar with that, you can use this interactive map that tells you which traditional territory a city or town sits on.
Know of a resource that’s missing from this page? A new program or service that might be useful for Indigenous caregivers? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!