This event has in-person or virtual option for attendance.

Analyze health & healthcare data by race/​ethnicity/​Indigeneity is a critical factor in the ability to address systemic racism in healthcare.


The ability to analyze health and healthcare data by race/​ethnicity/​Indigeneity is a critical factor in the ability to address systemic racism in healthcare. However, there are also potential harms and risks associated with the collection and use of race, ethnicity and Indigenous identity data. This half-day leadership session will provide an opportunity to discuss Manitoba’s move towards the collection of self-identified race, ethnicity and Indigenous indicators in acute care settings and plans for community participation and governance over this data.

This work is being led by Dr. Marcia Anderson (Vice-Dean Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba) and supported by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation on behalf of Shared Health.

Presentations and a panel discussion will be provided by experts in equity, social justice and anti-oppression, anti-racism, critical race theory, epidemiology, human rights and community engagement.

Feedback from diverse communities will inform a governance framework for use of self-identified race, ethnicity, and Indigenous indicators collected in the healthcare system, and identify high priority health and health care indicators that can support data-driven responses to inform actions and interventions to reduce racism and contribute to health equity and racial justice.

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Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. Her family roots go to Peguis First Nation and Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with Indigenous Services Canada- Manitoba Region. She is the Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism and the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Chair of the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous Peoples health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2021 she received the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award, and in 2022 was named the Doctors Manitoba Physician of the Year.