AFMC releases Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – May 23, 2019 – The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased to release the Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health. This report provides a roadmap for concrete institutional change that will best enable Canadian medical schools to respond to the TRC Calls to Action and fulfill their social accountability mandates with respect to Indigenous health.
There are ten actions in the report which focus on building meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities, increasing the number of Indigenous physicians, fostering a better learning environment for Indigenous people as well as developing Indigenous health curriculum.
“The 17 Deans of Medicine unanimously endorsed and agreed to work towards the implementation of the report” says Dr. Brian Postl, Chair of the AFMC Board of Directors. “These actions will provide a strong foundation that will empower the medical schools to do their part in closing the unfair and unjust health gaps that Indigenous peoples experience”.
“Medical schools have an obligation to respond to the Calls to Action of the TRC, to honour and respect Indigenous peoples’ right to the highest attainable standard of health and self-determination” says Dr. Marcia Anderson, the chair of the AFMC Indigenous Health Network that led the creation of this report. “We must be training a medical workforce in Canada that can contribute meaningfully to closing the gaps in Indigenous health”.