Indigenous peoples left behind by unfair, unequal health services
By Independent Senator Yvonne BoyerNov. 14, 2018
The colonial guardian-and-ward theory continues to permeate Canadian health policy when it comes to Indigenous peoples’ access.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, pictured speaking June 21 in Ottawa’s Vincent Massey Park at a Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, announced in September that Canada would commit $68-million over three years to improve health services in Indigenous communities. This is a welcomed, but more action is required, says Independent Sen. Yvonne Boyer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Canada’s health-care system is a source of national pride. This conviction is challenged, however, when one considers the growing body of research that has identified an unequal and unfair application of health policy.
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