First Nation, Inuit and Métis people
The loss of traditional values, language and family and community kinship due to colonization, residential schools and other historical events has seriously affected the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of Aboriginal people in Canada. Aboriginal populations both on and off reserves experience high levels of poverty, chronic disease, disability, sexual abuse, suicide, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, homelessness, family violence and other social issues social issues. Healing is supported by Elders who pass on their knowledge and wisdom to keep their culture and traditional healing methods alive so they may restore and balance health, wellness and spirituality for future generations.
Where can you go for more information?
Health Nexus resources
Sacred tobacco, sacred children – Video for Aboriginal parents and caregivers discusses the impact of second-hand smoke on young families.
- Understanding the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada: key methodological and conceptual challenges
- Aboriginal Healing Foundation - Research Series
- The Healthy Aboriginal Network
- Research and Reports and Traditional Teachings
- Come Meet the Challenge! Physical Activities and Nutrition Initiatives in Aboriginal Communities: Resource Guide
- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
- Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health
- Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)