Indigenous health

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued several calls to action to help recognize and rectify some of the wrongs committed to the Canadian Indigenous population in the past and which continue to affect Indigenous peoples today. The AMA developed the AMA Policy Statement on Indigenous Health to support the calls to action on health from the TRC’s final report. The policy aligns well with the AMA’s mandate of being leaders in the health care system. The policy was approved by the AMA Board of Directors in July 2017 as a means to support the TRC calls to action on health, and for the AMA as an organization to support improvements in accessing quality care for Indigenous populations. Download the AMA Policy Statement on Indigenous Health.

The AMA formed the Indigenous Health working group to determine how to best address the TRC calls to action. This working group included Indigenous physicians, Indigenous members of the public and physicians with experience working with Indigenous populations. The Indigenous Health Committee has since been established to promote and operationalize the recommendations in the AMA Policy Statement on Indigenous Health. Learn more about the Indigenous Health Committee.


Ottawa eyes ‘meaningful resolution’ to Indian hospitals class action lawsuit

January 14, 2020

CBC News | George Barrera: The federal government has consented to the certification of a proposed $1.1 billion class action lawsuit filed over Indian hospitals — federally run medical facilities that saw the abuse and mistreatment of Indigenous patients over several decades.

Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System

December 18, 2019

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada in 2019: In her 2019 annual report to the federal health minister, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, provides an overview of health trends and takes an in-depth look at the impact of stigma on the health of Canadians.

Opioids killing First Nations Albertans at disproportionate rates, report shows

December 4, 2019

CBC News | Wallis Snowdon: The statistics come as no surprise to Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, a family physician from the Blood Tribe First Nation, 220 kilometres south of Calgary. In an interview Wednesday with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM, Dr. Tailfeathers said, “This just tells us that we're not getting on top of it and our problem is moving from our communities into the inner city.”

Former Minister of Indigenous Services now health advisor to Nishnawbe Aski Nation

November 25, 2019

CBC News: The Nishnawbe Aski Nation has hired former federal politician Dr. Jane Philpott to act as an advisor as it works to take control of its own health system. Philpott is a former federal Minister of Indigenous Services.

Questions and comments

  • Please contact Dr. Lyle Mittelsteadt, Assistant Executive Director (Professional Affairs), AMA, if you have questions or comments regarding the AMA Indigenous Health Policy Statement.
  • Please contact Shannon Rupnarain, Assistant Executive Director, Public Affairs, AMA, if you have questions or comments regarding the public affairs component of the AMA Indigenous Health Policy Statement or require information regarding the Indigenous Health Committee function and/or membership.

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