Access to quality healthcare is a right every child has. Sadly, within Canada, Indigenous peoples lag behind in almost every health indicator when compared to non-indigenous people. Some of the most prevalent areas of poor health for indigenous populations are maternal, fetal and infant health, child health, and mental health and wellness. Many of these can be attributed to the adverse socioeconomic conditions and historical circumstances, in addition to other social determinants of health such as geography, education, and economic stability. Health for Indigenous peoples is reflected not just physically but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Our programming focuses on increasing access to health services in the areas of maternal, child and newborn health, and mental health and well-being.
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
We know the health of an expectant mother is key to the health of her baby. We are increasing the effectiveness and quality of Indigenous midwifery within educational institutions.
Health and Wellbeing
The lack of services and complex personal and social circumstances that many indigenous children and youth face have a detrimental effect on their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.