Royal College Indigenous Health Advisory Committee

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Ongoing Health Workforce Initiatives

Acting on its 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, the Royal College is working to improve health and health care for all Canadians. Indigenous Health is at the forefront of our efforts to strengthen cultural safety in medical education and practice. The Royal College is guided by its Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC). Led by Indigenous health care professionals and academics from across the country, IHAC works to raise cultural awareness and enhance culturally safe practice. The Royal College is a founding member of the newly-formed Indigenous Health Alliance (IHA), a coalition of First Nations communities, Indigenous partners, health care organizations and government bodies. Catalyzed by final recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, IHA aims to "have health care stakeholders and Canadians recognize the differences in quality between the care that Canadians and Indigenous patients receive and to be driven to actively eliminate these differences.” The Royal College will continue to define its Indigenous Health role, building on its leadership in medical education, professional standards, physician competence and continuous enhancement of the health system.


Paul Tomascik, Senior Analyst, Health Systems and Policy

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

613-730-8177 ext 195

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