Resource on Indigenous Health

This page provides tools and resources on Indigenous culture, health, terminology and statistics. Below we include information about the relation between health, laboratory and patient care.

Where do I start: Indigenous culture

Cultural awareness can improve how health needs are viewed and met. The key to having effective health care interactions is to understand the roots of someone’s thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Introduction to Indigenous Peoples

Introduction to land ownership


These resources will help you understand the diversity of Indigenous culture as it relates to symbols, colours, foods and popular books by Indigenous authors: 

Terminology & Statistics

Indigenous cultures are diverse. Language is fluid and constantly changing; Canada is still working to figure out the best language and terminology to recognize all First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Here you will find resources on appropriate terminology:

The First Nations University of Canada

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has partnered with Reconciliation Education and BMO Financial Group to launch a Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ eLearning course. The course is available for free for all Canadians throughout June, and is intended to “promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian Society” through education.

This course has been developed to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action and recommendations, and includes a personal account as well as an introduction to the impact and legacy of Residential schools. BMO will also be providing $250K to FNUniv to provide financial assistance for Indigenous students through a variety of different supports, including entrance level scholarships, business student scholarships, and emergency bursaries.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to understand the Indigenous perspective and what actions we can take in our personal and professional lives to promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian society.

Tell me more

These interactive pieces will show more about Indigenous history and communities:

The Objective Lens

Health care in remote and indigenous communities poses unique challenges. In this episode, CSMLS The Objective Lens podcast speaks with professionals who are on the front line of northern and indigenous health care to gain insight into the obstacles these communities face, and how the lab can work side-by-side with them to resolve these challenges.


Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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