The evolution of Thunder Bay – The Chronicle Journal

NEWS that Thunder Bay’s regional hospital is getting new beds to cope with near-constant crowding resonates with Wednesday’s startling census figures on the city’s Aboriginal population explosion and the well-documented crisis in Indigenous health. It is no surprise that the city where Aboriginal Peoples accounted for the highest proportion of the population of any major Canadian community sees such high use of its hospital by many of those same people.

This presents governments with two huge issues that can be tackled at once. Programs aimed at improving the health of First Nations people will lower the strain on hospitals throughout the country, none more than Thunder Bay’s where a metropolitan population of 121,000 contains an estimated 15,000 Aboriginal people.

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