Indigenous health and cultural resources

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Here you will find links to an array of resources on Indigenous health and culture. Thoughtfully curated by members of the AMA’s Indigenous Health Committee, they are intended to help AMA member physicians, resident physicians and medical students increase their knowledge and understanding of Alberta’s Indigenous populations, for purposes of “identify(ing) and clos(ing) the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities…” (#19 - Health - TRC Calls to Action)

Several of the resources are based on recommendations included in the TRC’s seven, health-related Calls to Action (Health, #18 - #24), including resources on the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and resources on Treaty, Treaty Rights and International Rights.

Resource sources include First Nations and Indigenous organizations and representatives, government agencies and academia.

Residential schools and Canadian reconciliation

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website. A shared vision held by those affected by Indian residential schools was to create a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of their experiences were honoured and kept safe for future generations.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada


The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

University of Alberta – Indigenous Peoples: An Introduction

  • Learning Resources – to support and guide your learning in the following foundational areas:
    • First Nation, Inuit and Métis: Identity and Population Demography 
    • Treaties, Treaty Rights, and International Rights; and 
    • Post-Confederation Settlement: Legislation and Policy

University of Manitoba – First Nations, Metis and Inuit health information

University of Ottawa - Society, the Individual and Medicine

AMA/Alberta Health Services/Provincial

Alberta Medical Association

  • Resources from AMA Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (staff) - January 2019 (source: Brenda Reynolds, training facilitator)
    This comprehensive list of resources includes links to reports, statements and a video addressing:
    • the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada;
    • Indian hospitals; and
    • the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
  • Examples of statements acknowledging treaty territory and traditional lands in Alberta (pdf)
    To aid AMA members and staff in preparing for meetings and gatherings, or drafting speaking points, we have provided the following examples of statements acknowledging treaty territory and traditional lands suitable for each of Alberta’s three numbered treaties and Métis audiences. This document includes links to supplemental resources including maps and information pertaining to Alberta’s numbered treaties.

Alberta Health Services

The Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre

Community resources for Indigenous Peoples


Government of Canada


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine)

Mental health

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Trauma Toolkits - Suite of three, focused on trauma: Trauma and suicideTrauma and suicide in children and Trauma and suicide in Indigenous people.
A branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Centre for Suicide Prevention is an education centre of excellence, based in Calgary. For over 35 years, the centre has been equipping Canadians with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide.

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.