Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network: Indigenous Engagement and Inclusion

All 14 LHINS work in partnership with local First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to facilitate engagement with the healthcare system and advance culturally-appropriate services, contributing 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;
  • To develop local Aboriginal engagement and strategic plans;
  • To facilitate relationships across the healthcare sectors;
  • To build a base of knowledge that includes better data, traditional approaches to healing and wellness, values, principles and priorities of Aboriginal peoples and their families; and
  • To develop a framework for action to advance culturally appropriate, accessible, and equitable health care services.

Advancing Indigenous Cultural Safety Training in the South West LHIN

The Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (ICS) training is a unique, facilitated online program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work with Indigenous peoples. 

Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant to learn about Indigenous terminology, diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity, aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals, a timeline of historical events, and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. 

Participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization with the goal of providing safer care for Indigenous patients. 

Learn more about ICS, including how to register, and information for Health Service Providers. 

Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN)

Each LHIN has a dedicated staff Lead to facilitate Aboriginal engagement and planning, together forming a community of practice called the Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN).

The scope of the PALN is to facilitate cross-LHIN collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing through bi-monthly Network meetings and one annual event.

Some common areas of focus identified across the LHINs: 

  • Advancing Indigenous Cultural Safety;
  • Collaborating on Mental Health and Addictions;
  • Diabetes;
  • Hospice Palliative Care; and 
  • Home and Community Care 
These areas of focus have become the first priorities that the LHINs collectively address within the context of a cross-LHIN systems approach.