Indigenous Health Equity

Last updated on March 26, 2022

PCMCH recognizes that historical beliefs about, and attitudes towards, Indigenous peoples have resulted in enormous inequities faced today that take place within many different systems, including the health, child welfare, education and justice systems. Anti-Indigenous racial
discrimination and bias have profound negative impacts on the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples in Ontario. There have been numerous stories of unfair, racist and dangerous treatment received by Indigenous peoples in healthcare settings that have had tremendous impact on their health, including death. The roots are based in colonization and the accompanying attitudes and practices are deeply embedded within many societal structures, both within and outside of the health system.

To learn more about Indigenous Health Equity, the impact the systemic barriers have on health (and other areas), and what’s needed for meaningful change to occur, the following resources are provided; although some of these resources are not Ontario-specific, the issues have relevance to Indigenous peoples across Canada:

PCMCH acknowledges the harm, and the mistakes that have been made and continue to be made – all based on deeply embedded colonial ways of thinking that exist in society, including healthcare organizations and in PCMCH. We know we have much to do to overcome the harms and traumas of the past, and much to learn from Indigenous leaders, Elders, organizations and communities to ensure a very different future. PCMCH is committed to continuing meaningful discussions with Indigenous colleagues, leaders and communities about what needs to be done differently to ensure the health needs of First Nation, Inuit and Métis pregnant individuals, newborns, children, youth and their families are met. This is essential to an equitable and inclusive health system.