Indigenous Guiding Circle will help form CMA policy – Yahoo

June 22, 2023

A group of 12 to 14 Indigenous health experts and knowledge-keepers from across the country will form the Canadian Medical Association’s Indigenous Guiding Circle. This circle will provide knowledge, expertise and informed guidance to the association as it forms its health-care policy going forward, the association announced last week.

The goal is a balance of the different perspectives, experiences, priorities and stories shared by members of the CMA’s Indigenous, the CMA said in a statement.

The council of Indigenous leaders and knowledge-keepers will be convened over several months with the goal of shaping CMA policy with an eye on respectful cultural treatment for Indigenous patients, the CMA said.

The president-elect of the CMA said the goal is to point policy in the right direction.

“This goal is a bridge between where we are and where we want to be in the future. Indigenous peoples — patients, their families and their communities — have had their voices devalued and dismissed in regard to our own health care,” said Dr. Alika Lafontaine. “The Guiding Circle is part of changing that.”

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