Creating a Safer Environment for Indigenous Participation 3 Acknowledgements We would like to thank all our members and community people for their resilience and continued advocacy for health equity for Indigenous Peoples. Together, we can make a difference. We would also like to thank Matthew Stevens, an Anishinaabe Knowledge Keeper, who graciously provided the IPHCC with the name for our toolkit. Ne ’ iikaanigaana (knee-kah-nih-gih-nah) is an Anishinaabe word generally thought to mean ‘all our relations’, with a more literal meaning of ‘seeing ourselves reflected in creation. We are the pine trees, the flowers, the water, the animals, and they are us.’ 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 centre as we believe our culture 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 identity and preserving our cultural traditions, education, advocacy and promoting our inherent rights of nationhood.