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Medical Assistance in Dying: Health Canada Indigenous Engagement

Sep 15, 2023

The Health Canada Indigenous End-of-Life Care Policy team has launched its first stream of engagement on medical assistance in dying (MAID) in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples.

Together with Indigenous Partners, they have developed an online engagement platform as a first step in gathering the views and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples on MAID, with the understanding that culture and community are foundational in end-of-life care for Indigenous Peoples, families, and communities.

The online platform has multiple options for giving feedback—a poll, a story sharing space, and a more in depth survey, as well as some basic information on MAID. Results from the online engagement will help inform and guide how MAID policies are shaped across the country and support greater awareness of culturally appropriate end-of-life care services, including MAID.

The online survey will be open until November 17th, 2023.

Please note BCCNM is sharing this opportunity on behalf of our partners. Questions should be directed to the Indigenous End-of-Life Care Policy Strategic Policy Branch at

900 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1S4

​Toll-free 1.866.880.7101 (within Canada only) ​

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