SOCIAL DETERMINANTS

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.”
Transforming the highly clinical world of hospitals to a culturally safe home away from home for an Elder who may never have been in a hospital, or a residential school survivor uncomfortable in institutional settings, is a significant challenge. It's also a key step in addressing health status disparities associated with a lack of access to appropriate and equitable treatment for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. 
A new NCCAH evidence review for 2011 offers insights on the role of traditional Aboriginal diets and health to support interventions that can help prevent chronic disease in Aboriginal communities.
Visit NCCPH to find out more about the Collaborating Centres program and read the latest NCC E-Bulletin



See our Publications page for our fully searchable database of reports and more.
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