Indigenous youth want more Indigenous-led models, support to access health care in Winnipeg, report says – CBC

Feb 26, 2024

Discussion with 26 Indigenous youth highlights ‘deep mistrust’ of health-care system

Some Indigenous youth in Winnipeg say discrimination in the province’s primary health-care system is pervasive — and they want more Indigenous staff and fewer barriers to accessing care in order to help fix that problem, a new report says.

The project OurCare included a national survey completed in fall 2022 with more than 9,000 respondents. It’s meant to examine the state of primary care — where individuals get ongoing care or treatment for minor issues, outside of emergency departments — in Canada. The research group MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, based at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, released its final report in February.

As part of the project, it also held a roundtable in November with 26 Indigenous youth, aged 19 to 29, at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg.

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