In May, 2016 the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle (TIHAC) released Toronto’s first Indigenous Health Strategy (TIHS). This strategy informs the ways in which Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network work toward improving Indigenous health outcomes in the city.

Our vision: We envision a thriving and healthy Indigenous community in Toronto through the respectful harmonizing of practices, policies and resource allocation.

Our mission: To lead transformation in health programs and services toward well-being for Indigenous people in Toronto.

The TIHAC was established in recognition of the importance of ‘Indigenous health in Indigenous hands’ and that the TIHS must be led by community members themselves. This respects the principle of self-determination and echoes recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015) and the City of Toronto’s Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Communities (2010).