Health (18-24): Background Content

Indigenous Health Organizations

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

The mission of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association is to improve the health of Aboriginal people, by supporting Aboriginal Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Aboriginal Health Nursing. In advancing this mission, the Association will engage in activities related to recruitment and retention, member support, consultation, research.

First Nations Health Managers Association

The FNHMA provides leadership in First Nations health management activities by developing and promoting quality standards, practices, research, certification, networking and professional development to expand capacity for our members and First Nations communities

Indigenous Certification Board of Canada

ICBOC is a national Indigenous professional certification body that ensures the recognition and maintenance of indigenous workers occupations related to addictions and mental wellness as well as in other unregulated fields. The cornerstones of the ICBoC certification process were laid by the Association of BC First Nations Treatment Programs over twenty years ago. This process honours and incorporates indigenous peoples’ culture, traditions and healing philosophies. ICBoC delivers three distinct services:

The Indigenous Certification Board of Canada grants professional certification to First Nations, Inuit and Métis practitioners working in addictions, mental wellness, community and family support and other non-regulated allied occupations.
Program Accreditation

ICBoC accredits culturally competent, culturally safe education and training that match our certification standards and requirements, and that is developed and delivered by universities, colleges, training organizations and companies, training conferences and independent trainers. Accredited institutions are:
Education and Training

ICBoC provides information on education and training programs available nationwide in the fields related to its certifications and offers personal guidance on the training needed to satisfy its certification standards and requirements

Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada

IPAC derives its authority from the teachings of our ancestors, from the legitimacy of the history of our experiences, and from our communities and peoples. As an organization of contemporary medicine people, IPAC recognizes the health inequities of Indigenous people and communities who look to us for leadership and knowledge. We believe it is our responsibility and right to come together to help improve other Indigenous peoples’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and to impact the determinants of Indigenous health.

The First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada. In 2013, the FNHA assumed the programs, services, and responsibilities formerly handled by Health Canada’s First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region. Our vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC’s First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.

The Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

Canadian Institutes of Health Research: The Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH)
The Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) fosters the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, through research, knowledge translation and capacity building. The Institute’s pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Created on June 25, 2015 through the merger of The National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation (NNAPF) and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada (NMHAC). TPF offers the following services:

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation offers seven ICBoC certified courses and a large array of toolkits which provide addiction and treatment center workers with the special skills and knowledge needed to work effectively within First Nations communities.

Buffalo Riders Program

The Buffalo Riders program enhances and strengthens community-based capacity to provide youth with early and brief interventions and support services in reducing substance using behaviour. The five day training program for facilitators includes the latest research and culturally specific teachings about youth resiliency, risk and protective factors, and developmental assets/factors which research has identified as critical for young people’s successful growth and development.

Addictions Management Information System (AMIS)

A national case management data base that collects evidence that can be used to inform client care, demonstrate the strengths of the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and the Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP) Treatment Centres, and support research initiatives over time.

Native Wellness Assessment (NWA is part of AMIS)

The NWA is now available through AMIS to programs and organizations with an interest in measuring wellness from a cultural and strength-based approach. It can be accessed online through this website. The NWA measures the impact of cultural interventions on client wellness and proves something that First Nations have long known, that culture is the key to restoring and maintaining wellness. An Indigenous approach to wellness is holistic in nature; it takes the whole person into account including their mind, body, spirit, family, and community. This tool is useful for programs that promote mental wellness through Indigenous culture and focus on clients’ strengths

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Indigenous Health Surveys

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