Bringing the lessons of EQUIP Primary Health Care into Emergency Departments

We are excited to announce that members of the EQUIP team have received a project grant from CIHR. The new study – EQUIP Emergency (Promoting Health Equity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People in Emergency Departments in Canada) – is focused on taking the lessons from EQUIP Primary Health Care and working to improving health equity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Emergency Departments.

Please read more about the study in our project summary.











For more information, please contact the study lead Colleen Varcoe at or the project Research Manager, Phoebe Long at or 604.822.3183.

Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Amélie Blanchet Garneau                                 

Amélie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Montréal Amelie.PNGand an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université Laval.   

She is interested in critical theoretical perspectives regarding culture and health, and the relevance of cultural safety in shifting organizational practices and policies toward fostering health and health care equity.

She has a theoretical and practical background in initial and continuing nursing education and sees critical pedagogy as one way to transform health care practices toward health care equity. Her program of research aims at translating an equity-oriented approach to care for marginalized populations in health care professionals’ initial and continuing education. This research program could directly inform curriculum development in nursing and other health disciplines focusing on promoting social and justice and equity in health and health care. 

Missing pathways to self-governance: Aboriginal health policy in British Columbia. Lavoie et al., (2015).

Lavoie, J., Browne, A.J., Varcoe, C., Wong, S., Fridkin, A., Littlejohn, D., & Tu, D. (2015). Missing pathways to self-governance: Aboriginal health policy in British Columbia. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 6(1). Retrieved from

Abstract from authors:

This article explores how current policy shifts in British Columbia, Canada highlight an important gap in Canadian self-government discussions to date. The analysis presented draws on insights gained from a larger study that explored the policy contexts influencing the evolving roles of two long-standing urban Aboriginal health centres in British Columbia. We apply a policy framework to analyze current discussions occurring in British Columbia and contrast these with Ontario, Canada and the New Zealand Māori health policy context. Our findings show that New Zealand and Ontario have mechanisms to engage both nation- or tribal-based and urban Indigenous communities in self-government discussions. These mechanisms contrast with the policies influencing discussions in the British Columbian context. We discuss policy implications relevant to other Indigenous policy contexts, jurisdictions, and groups.

Article can be found here.

Collaborator Spotlight

Edward Connors, PhD, C.Psych

Ed is aEd Connors Psychologist registered in the Province of Ontario. He is of Mohawk ancestry from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres. His work over this time has included Clinical Director for an Infant Mental Health Centre in the city of Regina and Director for the Sacred Circle, a Suicide Prevention Program developed to serve First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario. His practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a psychologist. He manages a health planning firm that provides health consultation and psychological services to First Nations communities throughout the Georgian Bay Muskoka region. He also serves as an elder/advisor for Enaahtig Learning and Healing Lodge and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.

As part of the EQUIP intervention, cultural safety training is offered to staff members at four participating clinics. This is done through the Indigenous Cultural Competency (ICC) online, interactive training module developed by the BC Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Because the ICC curriculum was originally developed for use in British Columbia, it contains some content specific to BC. We recognized a need to modify the program so that it would be appropriate for staff members at primary health care sites in Ontario, and would include information about the history, geography, politics, and health issues specific to that province. We are pleased to have collaborated closely with Ed and some of his colleagues and elders to adapt the curriculum content.

Wave 3 Data Collection

The EQUIP team will be conducting another wave of data collection this Fall!

We will be at Central Interior Native Health Society from September 15th – September 19th, and then from September 22nd – September 26th.

We will be at Victoria Cool Aid Health Centre from September 29th – October 3rd, and then from October 6th – October 10th.

We will be at Health Zone Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic and North Lambton Community Health Centre starting from September 15th.

Your continued support is incredibly important to us, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Wave 2.5 Interviews

The EQUIP team would like to thank all of our research participants from British Columbia who helped make the Wave 2.5 check-ins a success. Your continued support is incredibly important to us, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Fall 2014 for Wave 3. We would also like to extend a special thank-you to all of the staff at Central Interior Native Health Society and Victoria Cool Aid Health Centre. Your enthusiasm and support continue to be invaluable to our team.

The EQUIP team will also be back in Ontario in April and May! We would love to meet to update your contact information, it should only take 5 minutes and you will receive an honorarium for your time.

If you live in London, we will be at the Health Zone sites on the following days:

Merrymount Site:           

Tuesday, April 15, 9 am until 12 pm

Thursday, April 17, 12 pm until 4 pm


 My Sister’s Place:           

Wednesday, April 16, 10 am until 3 pm


 Allan Rush Site:               

Wednesday, April 23, 12 pm until 4 pm


Southdale Site:                

Tuesday, April 22, 9 am until 12 pm

Friday, April 25, 12 pm until 4 pm


If you live in North Lambton, we will be at the North Lambton Community Health Centres on the following days:


Kettle Point Site:             

Tuesday, April 8, 8:30 am until 11:30 am

Tuesday April 15, 8:30 am until 11:30 am

Thursday, April 10, 1 pm until 4 pm

Thursday, April 17, 1 pm until 4 pm


Forest Site:                    

Tuesday, April 29, 8:30 am until 11:30 am

Tuesday, May 1, 1 pm until 4 pm

Thursday, May 6, 8:30 am until 11:30 am

Thursday, May 8, 1 pm until 4 pm


If you participated in the first and/or second interview and haven’t been contacted to schedule a third interview, we’d love to hear from you!

No appointment is needed, so please drop by!


If you do have any questions and are in London, please contact Catherine in London at: 519-661-2111 x 82220, or e-mail


If you are in North Lambton, please contact Mary Beth at 1-866-661-3343, or e-mail

Sorry, we are not taking new participants at this time.