SOCIAL DETERMINANTS

All of the contributors interviewed in this video series, from the highly-acclaimed book Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: Beyond the Social, share a common concern with improving the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond. In sharing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional knowledge alongside Western academic and medical knowledge, the authors demonstrate the potential gains of walking in two worlds, integrating the best of both Indigenous and Western knowledge, and honouring and respecting the diverse healing and medical practices available to us today.

On December 2-3, 2015, the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) hosted a unique knowledge sharing and networking forum in Ottawa, Ontario, with over 100 representatives from federal, provincial/territorial, and Indigenous governments; academic and research institutions; Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organizations; and national and provincial Indigenous organizations.

This series of three fact sheets focuses on racism experienced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada – how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it.
It has become commonplace to acknowledge that health and well-being is impacted by social and economic conditions, but what exactly are these factors, how do they interrelate, why are they so powerful, and what can be done to improve health outcomes affected by them? These questions are addressed in the report Pathways to Improving Well-being for Indigenous Peoples.
This report outlines how colonial practices such as the residential school system and government banning of ceremonies inflicted a “soul wound,” or intergenerational trauma caused by the experience of systematic violence, oppression, and widespread grief, on Aboriginal peoples. It suggests that “[h]umility, respect, a willingness to question the status quo, and an openness to learning have the potential to create better well-being for us all.”
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