The need for action on First Nations health in Manitoba is now: New report should be a wake-up call – Thompson Citizen

September 27, 2019

Have you ever heard the Steven Adler quote, “You can have all the riches and success in the world, but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing”?

This statement rings true for many people, especially those living with chronic health issues, mental health disorders, or battling devastating illnesses such as cancer. In Manitoba, the people battling these health concerns will often be status First Nations people. At least that’s what a new report, The Health Status of and Access to Healthcare by Registered First Nation Peoples in Manitoba, would have us believe.

The 200-plus page report was released earlier this week by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba. This report is important, as it’s the first comprehensive look at the health of First Nations people in our province since 2002.

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