Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health on the National Day of Indigenous Peoples – June 21, 2023


June 21, 2023 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, and throughout National Indigenous Peoples Month and Pride Month, we celebrate and honor the rich and diverse cultures, voices, achievements, and incredible leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis from across the country, including 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous people.

Indigenous communities continue to demonstrate remarkable resilience and strength, while providing crucial information on how to address social, economic and health inequities stemming from Canada’s history of colonialism. The Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and is working with and learning from Indigenous researchers and clinicians such as Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Alika Lafontaine, Canada’s Research Chair and Indspire Award winner. 2023, Dr. Chris Musquash, and many other Indigenous leaders in our health care industry, to inform best practices in care.

We are prioritizing two-eyed vision and aspiring to balance the wheel of medicine to keep all people healthy, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, rather than the “repair shop” approach of the medical model . We must foster health care systems where Indigenous Peoples have equitable access to compassionate, trauma-informed, and culturally competent care, free from systemic racism and discrimination.

The 2021 budget announced $126.7 million over three years to foster health systems where Indigenous Peoples feel respected and safe. Through this funding, we are supporting patients, patient advocates, and cultural safety training for medical professionals.

Most recently, following the announcement of nearly $200 billion to improve health care for Canadians, the Government of Canada has been meeting with provinces, territories and indigenous leaders to help address gaps and systemic inequities in health services. health care for indigenous peoples. That’s why we’re investing a dedicated $2 billion distributed through a new Indigenous Health Equity Fund, in alignment with indigenous community and regional health priorities. Led by Indigenous Services Canada, this fund is part of our joint work plan to improve healthcare across the country.

The Government of Canada is also providing more than $1.5 billion over six years, starting in 2021-22, to support indigenous-led, culturally appropriate and trauma-informed services to improve mental well-being, including more than $825 million to through Budget 2021 and Budget 2022. to support distinction-based mental health and wellness strategies with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation. In addition, we are providing $100 million over three years to support innovative mental health interventions for populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including indigenous peoples, youth, seniors, African Americans, and racialized Canadians.

If you need mental health or substance abuse support, or if a loved one is struggling, the Hope for Wellness Helpline is available to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone and online chat services are available in English and French, and phone support is also available on request in Cree, Ojibway (Anishinaabemowin), and Inuktitut.

On this Indigenous Peoples Day and every day, let us celebrate and embrace the cultures, languages, spiritualities, histories and leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across the country, from coast to coast.

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, PC, MP
The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, PC, MP


William Bertrand
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
Health Minister

maja staka
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health

media relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
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