First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Advisory Panel

Improving the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities

Unity Health Toronto provides care to thousands of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Afro-Indigenous people every year. The purpose of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is to advance culturally safe, accessible and high-quality health services at Unity Health for the First Peoples of Toronto and beyond, in a manner that is consistent with the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The CAP is comprised of First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals who draw upon their lived and work experience in Indigenous family and community contexts to support improvements in health and health care for Indigenous people.

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Advisory Panel builds on the legacy of the Aboriginal Community Advisory Panel at St. Michael’s Hospital, which was a first for Toronto hospitals. The Aboriginal CAP had many achievements, including supporting the development of an Aboriginal Stroke Care Guide, arranging Indigenous cultural safety training for members of all of the Community Advisory Panels at St. Michael’s Hospital, and supporting the creation of Well Living House, an action research centre for Indigenous infants, children, and their families’ health and well-being.

More recently, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis CAP has provided much needed strategic advice, particularly with respect to Indigenous leadership at Unity Health, participated in the hiring of Unity Health’s Strategic Lead for Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Partnerships and supported the development of a renewed Terms of Reference for the CAP.

Perhaps most importantly, the members of the Aboriginal CAP and subsequently the First Nations, Inuit and Métis CAP have individually and together consistently advocated for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to receive equitable care at Unity Health Toronto’s various sites, consistent with inherent and constitutional rights.

Last updated March 03, 2023