First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

Improving the health of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous communities

The purpose of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is to assist and advise the network of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital in providing culturally aware, sensitive, competent, safe and holistic services for individuals and families within the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous communities.

The network serves 75,000 local First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous people as well as people from other areas of Ontario receiving specialized care in the city.

The goal of this CAP is to implement the health-care recommendations from the reconciliation agreement. The recommendations are to improve health care access and quality for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous people, and include supporting patients through access to traditional health and well-being practices.

This First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous CAP consists of:

  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous individuals who are interested in providing expertise and advice pertaining to health care for their respective communities.
  • The Well Living House scientists and staff will support the CAP with the evaluation of processes and practice changes in the network.

The CAP’s role is to establish annual health care goals, a relevant and clear work plan for these goals, and a process to consistently evaluate the success and direction of the work.

The First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous CAP follows the legacy of the Aboriginal CAP at St. Michael’s Hospital which was a first for Toronto hospitals. The Aboriginal CAP served as an effective forum for dialogue among individuals who are involved in the health sector and are either within or outside of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous communities.

Some key achievements of the Aboriginal CAP include:

  • Establishment of a formal St. Michael’s CAP after a three year process of building personal and professional relationships among hospital and Aboriginal agency leaders and elders
  • Assisted with the development of an Aboriginal Stroke Care Guide by providing feedback through community consultation that was eventually incorporated into an Aboriginal health curriculum at the University of Toronto
  • Arrangement of Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training to members of all St. Michael’s Community Advisory Panels, which allowed for discussion of Aboriginal health issues in broader forums across the hospital
  • Assistance in the placement of an Aboriginal Medical Lead role and Aboriginal Patient Navigator roles at St. Michael's through a partnership with the Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit at Cancer Care Ontario
  • Support of the creation of Well Living House, an Indigenous infant, child and family health and well-being research centre based at St. Michael’s and the formal signing of a governance partnership between St. Michael's and the Council of Grandparents to oversee the research

“This is the first time a hospital has reached out to us in a meaningful way.” – Aboriginal community member