Call to Action # 19

We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long-term trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.

Why “Stalled”?

Measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes have not yet been identified although the Federal government is working with First Nations Information Governance Centre to “develop an information strategy to determine appropriate indicators through the First Nations Regional Health Survey and the Inuit on the development of an Inuit Health Strategy”. The Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework has developed regional action plans to eliminate TB. The government is also working with the Métis National Council in gathering health data and developing a health strategy.

No progress on publishing annual progress reports and assessing long-term trends in any jurisdiction.

Yellowhead Institute Policy Brief “Colonialism of the Curve: Indigenous Communities and Bad Covid Data” identifies significant gaps in health data gathered by governments versus that gathered by Indigenous researchers. Gaps are further reinforced by “Our Health Counts” the largest urban indigenous population health study in Canada conducted by St. Michael’s Hospital’s Well Living House in Toronto, Hamilton, Kenora, Thunder Bay, London and Ottawa and the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s “Regional Health Survey Volumes 1 and 2“. (See also Current Problems in Indigenous Health on Health Calls to Action Home Page).

Current Status

December 2, 2022

Stalled

Previous Status

October 16, 2022

Stalled

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