COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation 2 Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge all the hard work IPHCC members have put into the fight against COVID to protect their communities in keeping them safe. Your dedication, perseverance, and humanity has served your communities well on this journey. Together, we can make a difference. We would also like to thank Dr. Annelind Wakegjig and Dr. Rebecca Wray for reviewing the Gashkiwidoon toolkit and lending their clinical expertise. Gashkiwidoon (gash-ga-we-toon) is an Ojibway word thought to mean ‘able to take, carry it’ . Chi Miigwetch to all! About the IPHCC The Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) is a new Indigenous- governed culture- based and Indigenous-informed organization. Its key mandate is to support the advancement and evolution of Indigenous primary health care services provision and planning throughout Ontario. Membership currently includes Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), Aboriginal governed, Community Health Centres (ACHC), other Indigenous governed providers and partnering Indigenous health researchers and scholars. IPHCC Vision We are Indigenous health care organizations that operate in cities, First Nations, rural and remote areas across Ontario, improving health care disparities for the people. Like historic alliances, such as the Council of Fires, we have united, for the sole purpose of working collaboratively, collectively, and deliberately so that the health and well-being of the Indigenous People in Ontario, across each generation, is restored and assured. Our Model of Wholistic Health and Wellbeing places culture at the center as we believe our cultural effects all aspects of healing; Emotional, Mental, Physical and Spiritual. IPHCC Mission We promote and develop models of Indigenous primary health care provision that support the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. We develop Indigenous solutions to transform Indigenous health outcomes by reclaiming our cultural identify and preserving our cultural traditions, education, advocacy and promoting our inherit rights of nationhood.