Celebrate Indigenous History Month


June is Indigenous History Month. This is a time for all Canadians – Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and newcomers – to reflect on and celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada.

We’ve rounded up some resources and information that support Indigenous wellness. Take a look below!

Indigenous Health resources

Compassionate-informed care (video)

Indigenous Health, Northern Health and the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) present this short, animated video on the topic of Compassion-Informed Care for health care professionals. This resource is intended to aid health care practitioners in their ongoing journey to create respectful relationships with the people whom they serve, specifically Indigenous communities.

Watch the Compassionate-informed care video today!

Preparing for respectful conversations (video)

Produced in collaboration by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health and Northern Health’s Indigenous Health department, this video offers a simple set of strategies to help people prepare for respectful conversations when experiencing or witnessing discriminatory behaviour in the workplace. This video is intended mainly for those who work in a health care setting, but it will also be useful for workplaces in other sectors.

Watch the Preparing for respectful conversations video today!

Indigenous communities and health centres (interactive map)

Use this map to find locations and contact information for Indigenous communities and health centers, Friendship Centres, Métis Associations and Aboriginal Patient Liaisons in Northern BC. The map also includes the location and cluster of communities that make up the Indigenous/Aboriginal Health Improvement Committees.

Explore the interactive map.

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) resources

The mandate of the NCCIH is to support a renewed public health system within Canada that is both respectful and inclusive of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. The NCCIH fosters links between evidence, knowledge, practice, and policy while advancing self-determination and Indigenous knowledge in support of Indigenous people’s, families’, and communities’ optimal health and well-being.

Voices from the Field (podcast)

This podcast focuses on research and initiatives to promote the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

Listen to the podcast on NCCIH’s website.

A conceptual framework for Indigenous cultural safety measurement (PDF)

Cultural safety has been accepted as a means of improving health inequities for Indigenous peoples identifying results of these implementations has been elusive. This paper starts the conversation of how to measure cultural safe actions and outcomes and how to build a framework for measuring cultural safety in the health care system.

Read the full research paper.

Inuit resource booklets for parents and caregivers of children (0-6 years) (PDF)

NCCIH has launched new resource booklets that support Inuit families and care givers of children 0-6 years. Resource booklets include:

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) resources

FNHA and HSO release BC Cultural Safety and Humility Standard (webpage)

The release of the British Columbia Cultural Safety and Humility Standard by the Health Standards Organization (HSO) of Canada provides a toolkit that will enable health organizations to address Indigenous-specific racism. The standard development was Indigenous driven by FNHA with additional inputs by Métis Nation BC and supports delivering on recommendation eight from the In Plain Sight report on racism in the BC health system.

Visit the FNHA website to learn more.

Our History, Our Health (webpage)

Our History, Our Health: "Implementing the Vision: Reimagining First Nations Health in BC" provides a background on the driving force behind the work of the FNHA.

Learn more and watch related videos on FNHA’s website.

Wellness Streams (webpage)

To achieve a healthy lifestyle, the FNHA has identified four key wellness streams. These streams represent wellness areas that, if pursued, could greatly improve First Nations health and wellness. Setting goals in each of these areas can have major impacts on your health.

Learn more about these Wellness Streams on FNHA’s website.

Métis Nation BC (MNBC) resources

Nakaatchihtow arts and culture project grant: Erin Stagg (video)

Watch as Erin describes how her journey through Saskatchewan with her Mom helped her reconnect and understand her Métis ancestral roots. She captures this through 12 paintings she has completed with the support of the Nakaatchihtow arts grant, and tells the story of her family’s journey by showing the resilience and spirit of the Métis people through her art.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Nakaatchihtow arts and culture project grant: John Bell (video)

John shares his story about learning about his Métis Heritage and how he got into making violins. Through the support of the Cultural project grant he can achieve his long-term goal of passing the knowledge and kills of his craft to a young Métis artist.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) resources 

Successful Canadian, Inuit, and UK research teams announced for major new Arctic Research Program (webpage)

Successful projects announced under new Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Program to address environmental, social, cultural, and engineering impacts of climate change in the Canadian artic.

Read more about this project on ITK’s website.

ITK and RCMP collaborate to improve relationship between police and Inuit (webpage)

ITK and the RCMP have developed a shared workplan to help improve the relationship between Inuit communities and police and to address gaps with a goal to build transparency and trust.

Read more about this project on ITK’s website.