Métis Nation BC makes Strides to Improving Health Information on Métis Citizens

Abbotsford, B.C. (July, 2011) – Métis Nation British Columbia’s Chronic Disease Surveillance Program (CDSP) launched its website on July 22, 2011. The CDSP is a critical three-way partnership between the MNBC, Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Provincial Ministry of Health Services.The Goal is to increase the available health information on Métis in BC;The CDSP objectives include developing a survey, identifying Métis Citizens in ministerial databases and a research project on Métis harvesting; and,  Métis Citizens will be able to access information detailing the processes required to improve Métis health and well-being. Besides detailing the importance of the CDSP project, the website also outlines how this surveillance program will affect Métis health and our Citizens can actively participate CDSP program manager Dr. Peter Hutchinson says, If this project is to succeed, I can’t underestimate the importance of Métis citizens participating. I am happy to say that many have already stepped forward as volunteers because they realize its projects and partnerships like this that will help MNBC succeed at addressing Métis health and well being across our province.

Health information that influences current program and policy development for Métis in BC is based on surveys of Métis from across Canada. Though useful, this information is not the most timely or accurate way to influence health programs and evaluation in our province.

MNBC Director of Health Tanya Davoren says, We are confident that once this program is complete, we will have accurate, timely data on the health of our Métis population in BC plus, we will be better able to cater programs to address the critical health care needs of our Métis people here at home.


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