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Guidebook: Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities

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In a spirit of partnership and mutual respect, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is committed to Métis and First Nations communities in supporting the development of continuing care services that meet their unique needs. This work was undertaken with recognition of the guiding principles and values of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and specifically:

  • recognizing the health-care rights of Indigenous peoples
  • recognizing the value of Indigenous healing practices, and
  • identifying and closing the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The development of continuing care services supports Indigenous people to remain in their community, close to the support of family and friends, as they age or as their care needs change. The development of culturally sensitive continuing care helps to ensure that health services are provided in a way that works best for First Nations and Métis people.

This guide was created by Alberta Health Services, in partnership and consultation with First Nations and Métis representatives and the Government of Alberta (Ministries of Health, Indigenous Relations, Seniors and Housing). Special thanks to the members of the following groups for sharing their wisdom and expertise (refer to Appendix I for a full list of contributors):

  • Métis Settlements General Council Health Board
  • Joint Action Health Plan Continuing Care Sub-Working Group
  • Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities Working Group


  • By

    Alberta Health Services

  • Published

    Jun 14, 2023

  • Subject Area
    • Caregiving & Caregiver Support
    • Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Relations
    • Information, Referral, & Advocacy
    • Age-friendly Communities
    • Social Connectedness / Social Isolation
    • Rural and Remote Communities
  • Audience
    • Government (Politicians, Policy Makers) and Health Authorities
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
    • Government
    • Health Authorities
  • Category
    • Best Practices
    • First Nations/Aboriginal Communities
    • Training & Capacity Building
    • Research & Evidence
    • Research & Reports
    • Partnerships
    • Provincial Resources


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