Engaging First Nation, Inuit and Métis Communities

The 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) work in partnership with local First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to facilitate engagement with the health care system. The goal is to advance culturally-appropriate services which contributes to better patient experiences, enhanced quality of care and improvements in health outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.

Each LHIN develops direct relationships with Aboriginal and First Nation communities to:

  • Better understand local needs, priorities and opportunities

  • Develop local Aboriginal engagement and strategic plans

  • Facilitate relationships across the healthcare sectors

  • Build a knowledge-base that includes better data, traditional approaches to healing and wellness, values, principles and priorities of Aboriginal peoples and their families

  • Develop an action framework to advance culturally appropriate, accessible, and equitable health care services.