First Nations health inequities an obstacle to reconciliation – Opinion-Toronto Star

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First Nations health inequities an obstacle to reconciliation – Opinion-Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 2015252 Views

Jun 14 2015

Reconciliation means addressing inequities in Indigenous health including disparities in income, education, housing and more.

Contrary to the stereotypes, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada are strong, resilient and fully capable of managing our own affairs. As far as the question of cultural genocide is concerned, we very much want to put it behind us. But that cannot occur without reconciliation.

When it comes to health and health care, we want to eliminate the profound inequities in health determinants, health status, and health service access that together ravages our urban, rural and remote communities, causing preventable disease, disability and premature death.

Reconciliation means addressing the socio-economic determinants of Indigenous health including disparities in income, education, employment, housing, infant mortality rates that are two to four times higher than the norm, child food insecurity, substance use, extreme poverty and social exclusion, which combined lead to higher prevalence rates for most diseases.

Read More: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/06/14/first-nations-health-inequities-an-obstacle-to-reconciliation.html

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