Health Canada is pleased to announce that it is now accepting funding proposals for projects that address systemic anti-Indigenous racism and discrimination in Canada’s health systems, under the new Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Canada’s Health Systems Program.
The Government of Canada recognizes that systemic racism, resulting from long-standing oppressive and discriminatory practices, remains embedded in Canada’s health systems. Systemic racism within health systems is a significant contributor to poorer health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples and to widespread health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Canada.
Supported by $13 million in funding, this Call for Proposals will support projects that address anti-Indigenous racism and discrimination, and is prioritizing projects that focus on:
- Health Human Resources: including cultural safety and humility training and curriculum and/or accreditation requirements for health services providers, and
- Acute Care Settings: including integrating culturally-safe care in acute care settings and traditional approaches to health
Eligible applicants include: incorporated not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous governments and organizations; educational and academic institutions; and, health system service providers and associations. Priority will be given to applications from Indigenous health system partners. Non-Indigenous organizations are eligible to apply, but will be required to partner with an Indigenous community or organization throughout the entirety of the project.
This Call for Proposals is open from April 6 2022 to May 15, 2022, 11:59 Pacific Standard Time. Applicants can request funding amounts ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.
The Application Form, the Applicant Guide, and all other requirements can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/about-health-canada/funding/addressing-racism-discrimination-canada-health-systems-program.html.
A pre-recorded Information Session video is available upon request in both English and French. The Information Session provides additional information on the Program and outlines further details and tips on completing the application. To request a copy of the video, please email the Program at [email protected].