Webinar: Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Health Services


The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) is hosting a webinar on Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Health Services: Overcoming barriers to support wise practices.

The webinar is presented by, Dr. Lisa Richardson, who is a Clinician-Educator with the University of Toronto’s Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Richardson is also an Education Researcher at The Wilson Centre.

The focus of this webinar is to explore Indigenous peoples’ access to health services including experiences of colonization, “otherness” and racism as both patients and providers.

Dr. Richardson will discuss how reasonable and equitable access to universal health services facilitates earlier diagnosis, lowers mortality and comorbidity rates, and leads to improved physical, mental, emotional, and social outcomes. Access to health services is widely recognized as an important determinate of health. However, access to health services is not equally or universally available to all people in Canada. Most notably, Indigenous Peoples continue to experience barriers to health care, resulting in significant and ongoing health disparities compared to non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Webinar learning objectives:

  • Examine how accessibility, availability and acceptability of health services have indirect and direct impacts on Indigenous peoples’ health and health outcomes.
  • Define “wise practices” and demonstrate its application in healthcare settings.
  • Explore how the frameworks of cultural safety, anti-racist practice and trauma-informed care can strengthen leadership skills and ultimately Indigenous health equity.
  • Understand, recognize and identify opportunities to apply the concept of Indigenous allyship in leadership roles.

NH staff and physicians are encouraged to register for this free webinar on Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be publicly available on the NCCIH website, YouTube, and SoundCloud channels afterwards.