Overview of Health Information
This LibGuide page presents an overview of resources pertaining to health information of particular relevance to Aboriginal communities in Canada. The health situation for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people has its own context with higher rates of disease evident (diabetes and cancer, for example) and differing levels of access whether on a reservation or in an urban area. In addition, there are different cultural understandings of medicine and health compared to some forms of Western medicine. This page provides an overview of the health situation that faces Aboriginal people today.
Be sure to navigate to specific sub-sections for resources on sexual health, FASD, immunization, and healthy living.
Accessing Aboriginal Health Services & Organizations
The following resources provide information on health services and initiatives available to Aboriginals, particularly in regard to culturally relevant health practices.
Practical Guides & Toolkits
The following resources offer straightforward guides on different health topics that can help the reader live and pursue a healthy life. Hover your mouse over each PDF link for more about the individual resource.
Studies & Reports On Aboriginal Health
The following resources present various information on the state of health services for Aboriginal people in Canada. These include studies from the government and other institutions on topics such as fetal alcohol syndrome, the role of colonization to their health and well-being, among others. Each resource is a PDF file and more information about each resource is available when you hover your mouse around each resource.
- A Statistical Profile Of The Health Of First Nations In Canada
- Access To Health Services As A Social Determinant Of First Nations, Inuit, And Métis
- Caught at the Crossroad: First Nations, Health Care, and the Legacy of the Indian Act
- First Nations, Inuit And Métis: Respiratory Health Initiatives Environmental Scan
- First Peoples, Second Class Treatment
- Métis Maternal And Child Health: A Discussion Paper
- Meaning Of Health: The Perspectives Of Aboriginal Adults And Youth In A Northern Manitoba First Nati
- The Aboriginal Health Legislation And Policy Framework In Canada
- The Health Status Of Canada's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples
- Urban First Nations Health Research Discussion Paper
- What First Nations People Think About Their Health And Health Care
- Without Denial, Delay & Disruption: Ensuring First Nations Children's Access to Equitable Services T
Information For Health Service Providers
The following resources provide information for health service providers on the state of health care services to Aboriginal populations in Canada. For more information on each resource, hover your mouse over the title.
- Aboriginal Healing In Canada: Studies In Therapeutic Meaning And Practice
- Health Governance Models eWorkbook
- Maskikiwenow The Métis Right To Health Under The Constitution Of Canada And Under Selected Inter
- Oral Health Services in British Columbia for First Nations and Aboriginal Children Aged 0 – 7 year
- Toward a New Era of Policy: Health Care Service Delivery to First Nations
- Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan
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Other Guides to Check Out
Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit and Métis on Health Care
This video from the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) features health care providers speaking about the challenges that First Nations, Inuit and Métis face in the medical system. It is intended to be a starting point for conversation about the increased need of cultural safety and sensitivity.
Benefits Available to Aboriginal Canadians
The following links provide detailed information on the various benefits available to different Aboriginal groups in Canada.
Making health care delivery culturally safe for Aboriginal people in urban centres
"We spoke with Stl'atl'imx Elder Gerry Oleman, a Community Support Worker in Vancouver about the importance of cultural competency and creating health care environments free of racism and stereotypes."
Aboriginal Cultural Safety: Health Determinants And Health Status
"This video looks at demography, health determinants and health status of Aboriginal people in Canada.
More information is available at: http://www.aht.ca/aboriginal-culture-...."
Aboriginal Health-Care Report
"A new report suggests many Aboriginal Canadians are not receiving the health care they need in urban centres, and stereotyping is a big part of the problem, CBC's Aisha Tomlinson reports" (December 11, 2012)
More information on the report and other Aboriginal health reports are available at the Health Council of Canada website.
Elder Phil L'Hirondelle On Traditional Aboriginal Health Practices
"Phil Mechuskosis L'Hirondelle, Cree, is a sundancer and educator in Vancouver. He travels internationally to share teachings that help to heal and guide a sacred way of walking through this life."