First Nations, Inuit and Métis health

Christi Belcourt, Reverence for Life, 2013, acrylic on canvas, collection of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

AV is on a learning journey guided by what we have learned, and continue to learn, from Indigenous Peoples, communities, governments and organizations. We are engaging First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples to support their health, wellness and data priorities, as defined by them. We acknowledge and understand that our work is grounded in cultural safety and humility, driven by relationships and partnerships, and built on respectful engagement. 

Principles that guide AV’s work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

  • Cultural humility and safety are foundational to meaningful and respectful engagement.
  • A distinctions-based approach acknowledges the distinct histories, interests and priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
  • Indigenous-driven processes and partnerships are fundamental to the appropriate use of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health data.
  • Data and information about health and wellness are critical tools for self-determination.
  • The inherent and collective sovereign rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples to self-determination include ownership and governance of their data, irrespective of where it is housed, and control over their own health and health care priorities.

More about Indigenous health at AV


Learn about our relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations.

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Learn about our collaborative projects with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners. 

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Our approach

Learn about our commitment to cultural safety and our approach to the work of truth and reconciliation.

Go to Our approach

Featured materials

Cultural Safety Measurement: Literature Review

A review of evidence in the area of cultural safety measurement (peer-reviewed and grey literature). 4 themes emerged: leadership, governance and administration; human resources; health services; and data and evidence. 

Download the literature review (PDF)

Cultural Safety Measurement: Engagement Findings and Recommendations

Highlights an engagement process used to glean insights on cultural safety measurement, areas of priority and methods. These learnings will inform pilot testing of a cultural safety measurement tool.

Download the findings and recommendations (PDF)

Contact us

If you have questions about the Indigenous Health program of work at AV, please contact the Indigenous Health team: 



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