Indigenous Child & Youth Health
One of the priorities in the Canadian Paediatric Society’s strategic framework (2017-2022) is health equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth. To that end, we advocate for policies and practices that address historic and systemic barriers to care and living conditions that have unfairly affected Indigenous children and youth in Canada.
Practice tools & guidelines
- Position statements from the CPS First Nations and Inuit and Métis Health Committee.
Events and education for health professionals
International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health: A biennial joint conference with the American Academy of Pediatrics for health care providers and researchers who work with children, youth and families in American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. The next conference will be held in Calgary, March 22-24, 2019.
- Indigenous child and youth health: Guidelines and consideration for paediatric residents. This training program was launched in May 2011, and has been delivered in academic centres across Canada by CPS members with experience and expertise in caring for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth. As of 2018, the program is in revision. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are We Doing Enough? The CPS status report on public policy and child and youth health rates how governments are doing in many areas that affect the health of young children, including Jordan’s Principle, a child-first principle to resolving jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children and youth.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Blog post: “Truth and Reconciliation: As paediatricians, how can we make a difference?” by Dr Radha Jetty and Dr. Sam Wong
- About Jordan’s Principle (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
- Jordan's Principle: Summary of Orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Updated March 26, 2018 (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
- Requesting services under Jordan’s Principle (Indigenous Services Canada)
- Jordan’s Principle Report (2015) - Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle
Sources and resources
- Assembly of First Nations
- Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association
- First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
- Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada
- Indigenous Services Canada
- Métis National Council
- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
- National Association of Friendship Centres
- Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada