In the spirit of peace, friendship and respect – relationships with our Indigenous partners

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.8 Research as reconciliation: What is the situation in Canada and the Nordic countries?
Datetime Sep 06, 2018 01:47 PM - 02:00 PM (UTC +3)
Location IT113
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Sandra Juutilainen
Author(s) Sandra Juutilainen (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Abstract text

Theme: Reconciliation


Background and Objectives As a learning organization, Public Health Ontario (PHO) was interested to reflect on their engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations. The objectives of the study are to learn more about how PHO can engage meaningfully with Indigenous organizations and communities and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Calls to Action for Health through its organizational vision, mission and mandate.


Methodology This qualitative case study was guided by external Indigenous and internal PHO advisors. The study lead conducted semi-structured interviews with key leaders and staff at PHO who had prior experience of or perspectives on engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations and responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action for Health. Preliminary data was shared with external Indigenous and internal PHO advisors and key staff at PHO to identify emergent themes and opportunities related to PHO’s engagement with Indigenous organizations and communities.


Results/Impact/Outcomes


An internal report will be produced for PHO summarizing their current engagement practices and identifying opportunities to strengthen engagement with Indigenous organizations and communities; and, to respond to the TRC Calls to Action for Health. In addition, manuscript(s) will be developed for submission to peer-reviewed journals for further dissemination with the academic and public health practice community.


Conclusions and Discussions


This work is timely and ties in with other health equity initiatives that are ongoing within PHO. While the work is specific to Ontario, it will be of interest to other Public Health organizations throughout Canada and beyond.

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