Improving Indigenous health care

Alberta is taking action to improve primary health care for First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.

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First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in Alberta face numerous barriers when accessing appropriate, culturally safe health care. To support better Indigenous health outcomes, the Government of Alberta works with First Nation and Métis communities to identify improvements that reflect the unique needs of Indigenous communities.

Racism, inter-generational trauma, and increasingly complex jurisdictional challenges continue to impact Indigenous health outcomes.

An Indigenous Primary Health Care Advisory Panel was established as part of the provincial plan to strengthen primary care (Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System). The goal of the panel was to provide advice and recommendations to strengthen the primary health care system for Indigenous peoples, no matter where they live in Alberta.

The Indigenous Panel final report contains 22 recommendations, under 4 themes:

  • culturally safe and appropriate care
  • improved access
  • quality of care Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous peoples as partners in the design and delivery of health care

Read the Indigenous Primary Health Care Final Report

Steps we are taking 

An Indigenous Health Division within the Ministry of Health has been created to ensure First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples’ health needs, priorities and aspirations are included and accounted for in the development of provincial policy, legislation, programs and services. 

Alberta Health works closely with an Indigenous Advisory Council and sub-tables to ensure the health priorities of Indigenous communities are heard and develop initiatives to address Indigenous health gaps and improve access to provincial health care services.

Federal government resources


Connect with the Indigenous Health Division:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Alberta Health
Indigenous Health Division
14th floor, Telus House
10020-100 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N5