Partners In Health Canada’s Spotlight on Global Health Panel – ORC Isadore Day – Net News Ledger

August 28. 2016

OTTAWA – Thank you very much for the invitation to be part of this panel today – I’m very honoured to be here to take part in this important discussion. As the Ontario Regional Chief and Chair of the National Assembly of First Nations Chiefs’ Committee on Health, this is a topic that I am very passionate about – and one where I bring much concern with current issues and challenges for First Nations as Canada’s modern Health Crisis.

Health equity is something that First Nations have been fighting for since the settler nations first set foot on North America. We know that our people were strong, healthy and knew how to take of themselves and each other through their relationship with Creator and the land. But that all changed in a very short timeline as colonialism impacted the health of our people by taking away our self-governance and our inherent treaty rights were ignored. You are likely all familiar with the term Social Determinants of Health, but health inequity is probably one of the most important concepts and realities that must be explored and mitigated for First Nations in Canada.

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