Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Working with First Nations to address health needs

During a special signing ceremony at home office, RNAO and representatives from the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) reaffirmed their partnership to urge the three levels of governments to address the health and wellbeing of Ontario’s First Nations.

On Sept. 13, RNAO and COO agreed to improve First Nations determinants of health; addressing mental wellness, addiction and suicide prevention; and improving health services across care sectors including public health, primary care, and home and community care.

RNAO’s board of directors attended the ceremony. Representatives of COO included health director Carmen Jones, RN Linda Ogilvie and student representative Sheldon Adams.

Elder Shirley Williams, a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway provided a special blessing and Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas Credit First Nation welcomed guests to the land on which RNAO’s home office sits. 

CEO Doris Grinspun and Jones signed the partnership letter (available below). The signing ceremony is just one example of RNAO’s ongoing commitment to help address the health needs of Indigenous communities. You can learn more about RNAO’s work by reading our Registered Nurse Journal article on cultural humility.    

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