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First Nations, Inuit & Metis Program

The Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis program supports community health care providers with education that is evidence-based and culturally safe. Initiated in 2000 as a grassroots partnership, the program is now active in all provinces and territories.

People living in First Nation communities face challenges and barriers in accessing health care services. Two-thirds of northern residents must travel more than 90 km to see a physician. Community-based health care providers also face geographical challenges in accessing training to build on their skills and knowledge.

Supporting continuing education and quality care closer to home has a positive impact on health and well-being for community members.

  • Today, Saint Elizabeth is partnering with more than 500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations across the country.
  • Over 2,000 health care providers have completed the online courses offered by Saint Elizabeth, totalling more than 4,000 hours of learning annually.
  • The Health Council of Canada has recognized the program's unique model of collaborative partnership as a leading model for creating culturally-safe care.

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis program is supported through charitable donations from the Saint Elizabeth Foundation.

To learn more about our work, visit the program website.