At the NCCAH, we are continuing to evolve the vision, mission, and goals of our work. Most recently, in consultation with our advisory committee, we modified our vision to include a stronger recognition of the fundamental structural challenges necessary to addressing inequities in Aboriginal health. These challenges include the need for coordinated and concentrated efforts in policy development, support for self-determination as key to addressing root causes of the health gap, and improved access and control of health services.
The NCCAH supports a renewed public health system in Canada that is inclusive and respectful of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Using a holistic, co-ordinated and strengths-based approach to health, the NCCAH fosters links between evidence, knowledge, practice and policy while advancing self-determination and Indigenous knowledge in support of optimal health and well-being.
The optimal health and well-being for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples will be achieved through a population health framework addressing structure and policy, and through public health systems that are inclusive and respectful of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. These will advance self-determination over health and well-being, and be strengthened by the cultures and knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The NCCAH will pursue its vision through knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange and the creation and fostering of linkages among First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities, stakeholders, the population and public health community, and researchers.
Goals and Objectives:
- Respect diversity and the unique interests of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
- Support the inclusion and participation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the public health system.
- Incorporate Indigenous knowledge and holistic approaches.
- Encourage collaboration and capacity building.
- Ensure the use of reliable, quality evidence to achieve meaningful impact on the public health system on behalf of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal public health by developing culturally relevant materials and projects.
- Facilitate a greater role for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in public health initiatives that affect Aboriginal health and well-being.