First Nations, Inuit and Métis have inherent rights to health and wellness in Canada, yet many experience poorer health outcomes compared to other people. These outcomes are the result of inequities in access to safe, high-quality care connected to the ongoing impacts of colonization and systemic racism. There is incredible strength and resilience among First Nations, Inuit and Métis governments, organizations and communities. There is also a deep understanding of what is required to improve health and wellness, and access to high-quality, culturally safe care. That’s why HEC works to support the healthcare safety and quality priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis through partnerships rooted in reciprocity, respect and trust.
We recognize the diversity of experiences, knowledge and perspectives among First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and the importance of a distinctions-based approach. HEC continues to seek opportunities to partner with First Nations, Inuit and Métis governments, organizations and communities to collaborate on shared priorities. Building meaningful relationships requires respect and the development of trust over time. We are committed to building the capacity of HEC staff and leadership to engage meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis as we work together to support lasting improvements in healthcare safety and quality.
To learn more about Healthcare Excellence Canada’s journey towards truth and reconciliation, read our Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.