First Nations and Métis Health
The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has a goal of improving health status outcomes of First Nations and Métis peoples.
According to the 2006 Census, Aboriginal people make up 3.8% of Canadian population yet they face disproportionately higher rates of illness and other health crises such as:
- Diabetes rates three to five times higher than non-aboriginal Canadians.
- TB rates eight to ten times higher than overall Canadian rates.
- AIDS/HIV - AIDS overall infection rate is about 2.8% higher than non-Aboriginal Canadians.
- Higher rates of heart disease, strokes (almost twice that of non-Aboriginal Canadians) and more deaths from heart attacks.
- Drug and alcohol addictions
- Increased suicide rates
*Statistics from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch web site.
Other life challenges that First Nations and Métis people face include:
- high poverty rates
- lack of adequate housing
- low education levels
Click here for information on the background to the formation of the Eagle Moon Health Office.
For more information about the First Nations and Métis communities in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region click here.
For more information about programs and services for the First Nations and Métis peoples click here.
For more information on Native Health Services, click here.
For more information on the Representative Workforce Program, click here.
For more information on Eagle Moon Health Office, click here.