First Nations and Asthma

Since 2010, Alberta Asthma Centre has been involved in projects assessing gaps in asthma care and education in Canadian First Nations and – in response - has developed strategic partnerships, resources and expertise. Informed by these assessment activities (explained in greater detail below) our focus for First Nations is:

  • To ensure projects and programs are developed, implemented and evaluated in partnership with First Nations leaders and communities, following best practices for participatory research, and consistent with Chapter 9 (Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People) of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).  
  • To build capacity for asthma care, education and support in First Nations communities by:
    • Facilitating sustainable relationships between communities and asthma educators;
    • Ensuring that First Nations health and community health workers have accurate, accessible and culturally appropriate training;
    • Ensuring the RAP curriculum addresses needs identified by FN children and families and that lesson plans, activities and the Legend of Tahnee, the Wolf: My Asthma Journey are culturally appropriate for FN children;
    • Supporting recruitment, training and implementation of RAP in First Nations communities.