Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month – a time to learn about and celebrate the rich history, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, while also recognizing the ongoing trauma and harm experienced by Indigenous peoples and building a path toward reconciliation.

As a key entry point to our health system, the pharmacy community has an important role to play in helping to advance more inclusive health care across Canada.

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Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada

The Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) is an Indigenous-led association that has been established to connect and support Indigenous pharmacy professionals and help all pharmacists provide better care to Indigenous patients by creating and promoting pharmacy practice models that respect the safety, equality, strengths and teachings of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. CPhA is proud to support and collaborate with IPPC.

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Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship – Deadline June 20, 2024

IPPC and CPhA are accepting applications for the Indigenous Pharmacy Scholarship! With both PharmD and technician scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year, this funding will help reduce financial barriers for Indigenous youth interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. Applications are being accepted until June 20, 2024. Meet last year’s recipients.

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Pharmacy Check-Ins

We caught up with some Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals to talk about pharmacy practice and providing safe, inclusive health care to Indigenous communities.

Fanny Fiddler (she/her)
Barrie, ON

Meet Fanny

Kalbie Hokanson (she/her)
Edmonton, AB

Meet Kalbie

Cassandra McLelland (she/her)
Brampton, ON

Meet Cassandra 

Sasha Merasty (she/her)
Saskatchewan, SK

Meet Sasha

Jaris Swidrovich (he/they)
Toronto, ON

Meet Jaris


Resource Round-up: Indigenous Health

Check out our Indigenous Health Resource Round-up for info and resources to help you provide accessible and inclusive care to Indigenous patients.

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CPhA webinars 

Understanding the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) pharmacy program: Policies, processes, and eligibility (June 26, 2024)

In our April 9 webinar, Pharmacy Professionals’ Guide to Navigating the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program, we asked pharmacists to submit questions they have about the NIHB program. Join CPhA’s Sadaf Faisal and a team from Indigenous Services Canada for answers to those questions and more.

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Pharmacy professionals’ guide to navigating the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program (April 9, 2024)

The webinar explores how to navigate and administer the NIHB program, challenges facing providers and patients in accessing the program, and approaches to culturally safe patient care when faced with coverage or other barriers.

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Understanding the Indigenous experience from both sides of the pharmacy counter (June 19, 2023)

In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of Indigenous pharmacy professionals as they discuss their experiences within the pharmacy community, the role that pharmacists can play in understanding and addressing health disparities facing Indigenous patients and communities and how we can better provide culturally safe, inclusive care.

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