Resources: Caring

Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care

  • Resource Type: Project
  • Posted On: April 6, 2018
  • Author/Source: Ontario Centres for Learning Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
  • Audience(s): Leaders and managers, Staff / team members

About the Project

As the Indigenous elderly population continues to grow and increasingly enters long-term care (LTC), it is important to support the cultural needs of these elders. The Ontario CLRI project is guided by an advisory circle (Ontario Caring Advisory Circle) to identify and develop culturally appropriate resources to support Indigenous residents in LTC. Resources are developed and spread with support from partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities across Ontario and Implementation Advisors with experience in dissemination and implementation, and knowledge of LTC.

The project aims to align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and work to address various Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015).

About the Ontario Caring Advisory Circle

A visual depiction of the OCAC Terms of Reference

A visual depiction of the OCAC Terms of Reference

The Ontario Caring Advisory Circle (OCAC) is comprised of 10 members who have knowledge and expertise in long-term care and Indigenous Culture.  Members are from a mix of northern and southern regions in Ontario and are direct care providers, administrators, family members and representatives of the Local Health Integration Networks.  The OCAC gathers several times per year and are guided by an Indigenous facilitator, Vanessa Ambtman-Smith, who has vast experience at facilitating sessions within an Indigenous context at federal, provincial, regional and local levels. The mandate of the OCAC is to demonstrate leadership by guiding the identification and development of culturally appropriate resources to support Indigenous residents in long-term care.

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The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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