First Nations

February 6, 2018

Overcoming Major Obstacles to Diabetes Care on First Nations

Diabetes rates have exploded in recent years. And unfortunately, some groups are at higher risk than others. According to a recent study, about 8 in 10 First Nations young adults will develop diabetes in their remaining lifetime. The study also found that rural First Nations people had a higher lifetime risk that those who lived in urban environments. For many
March 7, 2017

It’s Time to Tear Down Telehealth Barriers on Remote First Nations

When it comes to health care, remote First Nations face serious challenges. Access to services is one of the biggest. Right now, telehealth has the potential to help – but there are major obstacles in the way.   Currently, most patients in First Nations communities experience poor continuity of care. Many face health complications due to insufficient follow-up with caregivers
December 22, 2016

4 Diseases Impacting Health on First Nations in Canada

This month, Indigenous leaders have had a lot to say about actions taken by the federal government. Trudeau’s recent address to the Assembly of First Nations resulted in praise, criticism, and calls for patience. One of the issues that’s been discussed most is health care. And with good reason. There are major gaps in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
October 4, 2016

The Key To Tackling Chronic Disease in First Nations Communities

It’s no secret that First Nations communities face unique health challenges. Now, chronic diseases are creating further complications. While rates of these diseases are on the rise across Canada, Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted. Consider this. First Nations individuals are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to develop heart disease than those in the general population. People from these backgrounds
August 18, 2016

Can We Improve Palliative Care in the North?

  We don’t talk enough about death. Most of us would prefer to imagine we’ll live forever. We’d also like to believe that our loved ones will be with us forever. It’s not just death we’re in denial about, but all things related to it. We really, really don’t like thinking about end-of-life care. Will I be capable of making
August 11, 2016

Why Home Care Matters in First Nations Communities

More than ever before, Canadians are receiving health care services in their homes.   Home care patients are generally happier and healthier than those in hospitals. The services they receive tend to be less costly, which means big savings for governments. It’s no wonder health care is shifting out of traditional settings.   But what do these changes mean for