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Indigenous Health

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Indigenous Health

As part of its social accountability mandate, AFMC seeks to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous people by ensuring Canadian medical schools respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, by training more Indigenous health professionals and by committing to develop safe working and learning environments for Indigenous learners, faculty and staff.

The Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health 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.

The Report on Indigenous Health Activities provides a summary of the AFMC activities at the April 2017 Board Meeting in Winnipeg and themes of its work at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in the broad context in which Indigenous communities, health practitioners, policymakers, educators and partners participated at an open Board session and AFMC sponsored plenaries.

Indigenous Health Network

During the AFMC activities focused on Indigenous Health at the Board meeting over the period of CCME, April 28 to May 3, 2017, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it was recommended that a Network on Indigenous Health be created. This network has the mandate to:

(a) Function as a collegium to provide topic specific support across the Faculties, namely:

I. A review and refresh of AFMC-IPAC competencies and curricula in indigenous health;

II. A review of the Faculties of Medicine responses to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and

III. A position paper on the Role of the Medical Schools and their Social Accountability in addressing Indigenous Health issues in Canada.

(b) Provide a venue for forums for discussions of national interest;

(c) Share knowledge and experience among Leaders across Faculties of Medicine, and with AFMC Committees as requested.

Dr. Marcia Anderson from the University of Manitoba is the inaugural chair of the network.