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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Canada's most vulnerable: improving health care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis seniors

The new report, Canada’s most vulnerable: Improving health care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Seniors, released by the Health Council of Canada argues that the Canadian and provincial governments must do more to protect the health status of First Nations, Inuit and Métis seniors in Canada.  The report demonstrates that the care this population group receives is not equivalent to the care that non-Aboriginal seniors receive.  This is due, in large part, to remoteness, poor communication and cultural misunderstandings.
The report is divided into two parts.  The first part examines the care First Nations, Inuit and Métis receive in Canadian hospitals, long-term care and home care environments.  The second part of the report provides examples of community programs that have successfully improved healthcare service and strengthened communication with this vulnerable population group.  Some of the examples include on-reserve long-term care, integrated delivery home care and a First Nations elder care online course for RN`s in remote communities.
To download the report and to watch a video on a featured success stories, please visit

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