Supporting Natural Caregivers Course

The @YourSide Colleague® First Nations Supporting Natural Caregivers Course was made possible through a funding contribution by the Green Shield Canada Foundation and GlaxoSmith Kline Canada. The First Nations Supporting Natural Caregivers course is dedicated to all the caregivers in communities who work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones can remain in their homes for as long as possible. This course was developed with and for First Nations to assist health care providers in providing education and supports to natural caregivers in their communities.


This course is divided into 3 parts including:

Part 1: Understanding Natural Caregivers

  • Topic 1- Roles of Natural Caregivers
  • Topic 2- Cultural Knowledge
  • Topic 3- Caregiving, First Nations, and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Topic 4- Supporting Natural Caregivers with Wholistic Approaches
  • Topic 5- Caring for the Natural Caregiver

Part 2: Education Supports for Natural Caregivers

  • Topic 6- Identifying Education Needs for Natural Caregivers
  • Topic 7- Education Resources for Natural Caregivers

Part 3: Developing or Enhancing a Natural Caregiver Education and Support Network

  • Topic 8- Strengthening Natural Caregiver Education and Support in Community
  • Topic 9- Building a Natural Caregiver Support Network

A Course Reviewer Shares These Words:

The First Nations Supporting Natural Caregivers Course fills an important gap and opens up the conversation about caregiving in First Nations communities. The quality of ancillary resources is outstanding and will help increase the knowledge of natural caregivers and paid caregivers alike. Many of us are both–maybe without even realizing it!” ~ Carie McIntosh, Disability Research Advocate, Ospaswayak Health Authority

My husband is in end stages of kidney failure, after reviewing your course and reading all that was provided I now realize I am not alone in his struggles of daily living. I say Miigwech (thank-you)” ~ Amy Sands Home Support Coordinator, Walpole Island First Nation