Feds face multiple policy challenges in closing gap in quality of life between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians

Opposition critics say it’s up to the Prime Minister to improve aboriginal health, education and economic development.

Something’s gotta give: Aboriginal peoples in Canada face significantly shorter life expectancy rates compared to the national average. According to Statistics Canada, while the country-wide average life expectancy is 79 years for males and 83 years for females, the average life expectancy is 73 years for First Nations men and 78 years for women. Similarly, the average life expectancy is 74 for Métis men and 80 for women. Inuit men and women face a significant gap in their own life expectancies compared even to First Nations and Métis. The average life expectancy is 64 for Inuit males and 73 for women. Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

By Chris Plecash

PUBLISHED : Friday, June 15, 2012 5:33 PM

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